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Jerry "Mouse" Bruner

  • Birthplace: Greenville, Ala.
  • Residence: Los Angeles, Calif.
  • Birth Date: 04/01/1947
  • Age: 62
  • Height: 5' 6''
  • Eligibility Code: 15

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Career Summary

1999 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; top-10 finishes - 11; scoring average 71.02; Euro €105,243 (ranked 3rd); best finish - T2nd MDIS and Partners Festival of Golf, Dalmahoy Scottish Seniors Open, Monte Carlo Invitational and Ordina Legends in Golf. 2000 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 19; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 71.66; €89,663 (ranked 18th); best finish - 2nd, Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open and Microlease Jersey Seniors Open. 2001 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 21; top-10 finishes - 9; scoring average 71.73; €214,457 or £132,607 (ranked 5th); winner, European Senior Tour Championship. 2002 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 18; top-10 finishes - 6; €87,800 (ranked 21st); best finish - T3rd Gin Monte Carlo Invitational. 2003 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 7; €128,039 (ranked 9th); winner, DeVere Northumberland Seniors Classic. 2004 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; €63,108 (ranked 35th); best finish - T4th, Bovis Lend Lease European Senior Masters. 2005 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 20; top-10 finishes - 2; €95,193 (ranked 22nd); winner, Algarve Seniors Open of Portugal. 2006 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; top-10 finishes - 1; €57,886 (ranked 30th); best finish - T2nd, AIB Irish Open. 2007 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 17; top-10 finishes - 0; €34,745 (ranked 49th); best finish - 14th, Bendinat London Seniors Masters. 2008 European Seniors Tour Summary: Tournaments entered - 15; top-10 finishes - 5; €118,543 (ranked 13th); best finish - 3rd, Ryder Cup Wales Senior Open. 2009 European Seniors Tour record: The Aberdeen Brunei Senior Masters T40th 71-76-71=218 +5 €1541.69. DGM Barbados Open T11th 72-70-72=214 -2 €3574.91. Son Gual Mallorca Senior Open T16th 69-72-72=214 -2 €4657.50.

Career Victories

European Senior Tour Victories: 3 - 2001 European Seniors Tour Championship, 2003 DeVere Northumberland Seniors Classic, 2005 Algarve Seniors Open Of Portugal

Player Notes

Made an immediate impression during 1999, his first season that he played on the European Seniors Tour. In 17 events finished runner-up four times, MDIS and Partners Festival of Golf, Dalmahoy Scottish Seniors Open, Monte Carlo Invitational and the Ordina Legends in Golf. Also finished in the top-ten, 11 times as he won 105,243 pounds finishing third on the order of merit. One of the most popular figures on the European Senior Tour and is nicknamed "Mouse" after the cartoon character "Mighty Mouse" because of his prodigious length off the tee despite of being only 5'6". A natural athlete, Bruner first took up golf at the age of 14 when he realized he was never going to be big enough to play basketball or American football. Played the tournament players series in America in 1983 and '84 but failed to make the breakthrough onto the regular tour. Missed getting his PGA Tour card by one stroke in 1982, and two strokes in 1983. With that he went to work at Papa’s supermarket in West Los Angeles from 1984 to 1995, running the market for a friend. Became an independent distributor of G&A Snack Company in Montebello, Ca. between 1995 and when he turned 50 in 1997. Returned to golf full-time when he reached the age of 50. Has played on the European Senior Tour since 1999 enjoyed his best season since 2003 when he finished 13th in the Order of Merit in 2008 after five top ten finishes, including third place at the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open. Previously worked hard to improve his swing and was rewarded when he won the 2005 Algarve Seniors Open of Portugal, draining a 30 foot birdie putt on the last green for a one stroke victory and his third title on the Senior Tour.

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