Graham Marsh

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Graham Marsh
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Graham Vivian Marsh
Born (1944-01-14) 14 January 1944 (age 70)
Kalgoorlie, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13.4 st)
Nationality  Australia
Career
College University of Western Australia
Claremont Teachers College
Turned professional 1969
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
European Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins 70
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 10
Japan Golf Tour 20 (T8th all-time)
PGA Tour of Australasia 15
Champions Tour 6
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T9: 1976
U.S. Open T16: 1979
The Open Championship 4th: 1983
PGA Championship T7: 1978

Graham Vivian Marsh MBE (born 14 January 1944) was one of the leading Australian professional golfers of his generation.

Career outline[edit]

Marsh was born in Kalgoorlie, Australia. He attended the University of Western Australia and Claremont Teachers College before turning professional in 1969.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s Marsh was a regular winner on the European Tour, the Japan Golf Tour and the PGA Tour of Australasia. He also won several events in Asia outside of Japan and one on the U.S.-based PGA Tour, the 1977 Heritage Classic. Marsh had an outstanding win rate on the European Tour, where he accumulated eleven titles even though he never played more than seven events in Europe in a season. He also won the Colgate World Match Play Championship, which was not an official money European Tour event at the time, in England in 1977. He had 56 wins in all in his regular career, making him one of the most successful players of his era not to win a major championship.

As a senior, Marsh has played extensively in the United States on the Champions Tour winning six events including two senior majors: the 1997 U.S. Senior Open and the 1999 Tradition. He has also won the Japan Senior Open twice.

Marsh is also active in golf course design through Graham Marsh Golf Design which he established in 1986. The company's early projects were in Australia and Japan, but it later branched out to other parts of Asia, Europe and the United States. His work has included courses such as The Vines Resort (Perth), Palm Meadows Resort(Gold Coast) Old Silo (Kentucky), and Terry Hills Golf & Country Club just to name a few.

In 1984, Marsh was made an MBE for services to golf. He is a past chairman of the PGA Tour of Australasia.

His younger brother Rod Marsh was a distinguished Australian cricketer and coach.

Professional wins (70)[edit]

European Tour wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 30 Jul 1972 Swiss Open −14 (x-x-66-70=270) 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin
2 6 Aug 1972 German Open Wales Brian Huggett
3 30 Jun 1973 Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open −2 (72-69-68-77=286) 6 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
4 25 Sep 1976 Benson & Hedges International Open −12 (67-66-71-68=272) 2 strokes England Mark James
5 29 Jul 1979 Dutch Open −3 (71-70-74-70=285) 1 stroke Spain Antonio Garrido, England Malcolm Gregson
6 6 Oct 1979 Dunlop Masters −5 (70-68-72-73=283) 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki, England Neil Coles
7 10 Aug 1980 Benson & Hedges International Open −16 (65-64-73-70=272) 2 strokes South Africa John Bland
8 6 Sep 1981 Dixcel Tissues European Open −13 (67-72-68-68=275) 2 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
9 13 Jul 1985 Lawrence Batley International Golf Classic −5 (69-71-79-73=283) 2 strokes United States Rick Hartmann
10 28 Jul 1985 KLM Dutch Open −6 (68-68-73-73=282) 1 stroke West Germany Bernhard Langer

Other European wins (4)[edit]

Australasia wins (15)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (20)[edit]

Other wins in Japan (5)[edit]

  • 1972 Dunlop International
  • 1973 Japan vs Australia Match individual
  • 1974 Dunlop Wizard
  • 1975 Dunlop Wizard
  • 1977 Dunlop Wizard

Asian wins (5)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Jun 1995 Bruno's Memorial Classic −15 (68-63-70=201) 5 strokes United States J. C. Snead
2 5 May 1996 PaineWebber Invitational −10 (66-71-69=206) 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes, United States Tom Wargo
3 1 Sep 1996 Franklin Quest Championship −14 (70-65-67=202) 2 strokes United States Kermit Zarley
4 22 Jun 1997 Nationwide Championship −18 (67-68-70=205) 1 stroke United States Hale Irwin
5 29 Jun 1997 U.S. Senior Open −8 (72-67-67-74=280) 1 stroke South Africa John Bland
6 4 Apr 1999 The Tradition −8 (69-67=136) 3 strokes United States Larry Nelson

Champions Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2004 MasterCard Classic United States Ed Fiori Lost to par on third extra hole

Senior major championships are shown in bold.

Other senior wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP T31 T22 T9 T31 DNP T28
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T35 CUT T16
The Open Championship T25 57 T50 T31 T44 6 T17 T15 CUT T7
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T58 T7 T16
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T33 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T45 T19 T25 4 T9 T20 T56 T11 T38 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP T44 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 1 4 11 20 19
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3
Totals 0 0 0 1 6 16 33 30
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 16 (1978 PGA – 1991 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (twice)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (2)[edit]

Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1997 U.S. Senior Open E (72-67-67-74=280) 1 stroke South Africa John Bland
1999 The Tradition −8 (69-67=136) 3 strokes United States Larry Nelson

Team appearances[edit]

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