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Des Smyth

  • Birthplace: Drogheda, Ireland
  • Residence: Drogheda, Ireland
  • Birthdate: 2/13/1957
  • Age: 55 Ht.:5'-10"
  • Turned Pro: 1974
  • Eligibility Code: 8

Player Notes

Despite admitting he was struggling with his form, Smyth claimed a thrilling victory at the Wentworth Senior Masters to continue a great summer of golf for the Irish, after Padraig Harrington's Open win. It was Smyth's first win since 2005 when he captured his first Seniors titles, one on the Europe Seniors Tour and two in America. Capped an unforgettable 2005 by capturing his maiden PGA European Seniors Tour title at the final event of the year, the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship, and finishing third on the Order of Merit. Earlier in the season the Irishman recorded his first wins on the US Champions Tour with the SBC Classic in March and the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf a month later, which helped him to 10th place on the 2005 US Champions Tour Money List. Lost a play-off to Tom Watson at The Senior British Open Championship, presented by Aberdeen Asset Management, and in October underwent an emergency operation after a routine check-up revealed a serious problem with the arteries supplying blood to his heart. Went under the knife that evening but was back on the golf course five days later. Still holds the record as the oldest winner on The European Tour when, during his 28th consecutive season in 2001, he won the Madeira Island Open at the age of 48 years and 34 days 20 days older than the previous oldest champion, Neil Coles. It also meant he had won in four different decades, following his first win in 1979. Learned the game on the links of Baltry, Co Louth, and has always been a strong player in adverse conditions. Played in two Ryder Cups and was a member of the Irish team which won the Alfred Dunhill Cup in 1988. Became the first European golfer to win the US Champions Tour Qualifying School at the end of the 2002 season.

Career Victories

European Tour
8 - 1979 European Match Play Championship, 1980 Newcastle Brown ""900"", Greater Manchester Open, 1981 Coral Classic, 1983 Sanyo Open, 1988 BNP Jersey Open, 1993 Madrid Open, 2001 Madeira Island Open.

Other
Champions Tour Victories: 2 - 2005 SBC Classic, Liberty Mutual Legends Of Golf.European Senior Tour Victories: 2 - 2007 Wentworth Senior Masters, 2005 Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship

Career Summary

1991 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 27; in money - 22; Top-10 finishes -2; scoring average - 72.32 (ranked 52nd); money - £71,663 (ranked 59th); best finish, 6th Madrid Open... 1992 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 28; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes -1; scoring average - 72.00 (ranked T-63rd); money - £67,994 (ranked 76th); best finish, T-9th, Volvo Open di Firenze. 1993 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 31; in money - 20; Top-10 finishes -3; scoring average - 72.16 (ranked 58th); money - £171,465 (ranked 32nd); win Madrid Open. 1994 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 18; Top-10 finishes -4; scoring average - 71.93 (ranked T-54th); money - £101,959 (ranked 60th); best finish -T-4th, Murphy's English Open. 1995 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes -1; scoring average - 71.94 (ranked 39th); money - £76,903 (ranked 82nd); best finish -T-8th, Turespana Open Andalucia. 1996 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes -2; scoring average - 72.51; money - £66,042 (ranked 100th); best finish -4th, Madeira Island Open. 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 11; Top-10 finishes -0; scoring average - 72.13 ; money - £47,821 (ranked 123rd); best finish -4th, Madera Island certain . 1997 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 10; scoring average - 71.43; money - £53,531 (ranked 114th); best finish -T14th, British Open. 1999 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 16; Top-10 finishes - 2; scoring average - 71.83 (ranked 64th); (Euro¢)131,949 or £94,250 (ranked 86th); best finish -T3rd, Buzzgolf.com North West of Ireland Open 2000 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 25; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.14 (ranked 89th); (Euro¢)133,402 or £79,338 (ranked 111th); best finish -T6th, Murphy's Irish Open. 2001 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 71.61 (ranked 100th); (Euro¢)249,551 or £155,160 (ranked 79th); Winner, Madeira Island Open. 2002 PGA European Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; in money - 12; Top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average - 72.34; (Euro¢)152,311 or £97,115 (ranked 128th); best finish, T10th, Telefonica Open de Madrid. Was the medalist at the National Qualifying Tournament, giving him full playing privileges on the Champions Tour in 2003. 2003 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered -23; top-10 finishes -10; scoring average - 70.19 (ranked 13th); money - $959,600 (ranked 18th); best finish - T-2nd ACE Group Classic.Played in two events on the European Senior Tour, T10th Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open and 13th at the Senior British Open. 2004 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 27; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average - 71.41 (ranked 33rd); money - $536,904 (ranked 35th); best finish - T-5th Kroger Classic. 2005 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; top-10 finishes - 7; scoring average - 70.74 (ranked 19th); money - $1,238,876 (ranked 10th); best finish - Win SBC Classic and Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. 2006 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 22; top-10 finishes - 6; scoring average - 70.70 (ranked 18th); money - $791,192 (ranked 23rd); best finish - T3rd FORD SENIOR PLAYERS Championship. 2007 Champions Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 26; top-10 finishes -5; scoring average - 71.17 (ranked 30th); money - $650,981 (ranked 30th); best finish - T-4th AT&T Classic and Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Played in five events on the European Senior Tour and won the Wentworth Senior Masters.

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