Howard Clark (golfer)

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Howard Clark
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Howard K. Clark
Born (1954-08-26) 26 August 1954 (age 60)
Leeds, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13.2 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Knaresborough, England
Career
Turned professional 1973
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 11
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T37: 1987
U.S. Open CUT: 1992
The Open Championship T8: 1981
PGA Championship T80: 1996

Howard K. Clark (born 26 August 1954) is an English golfer who played on the European Tour for many years and had his most successful period in the mid-1980s.

Clark was born in Leeds, England. He learned the game from his father, who was a scratch amateur. He won the 1971 Boys Amateur Championship and played for Great Britain & Ireland in the 1973 Walker Cup. He turned professional that year and joined the European Tour in 1974. His first professional tournament win came in the 1976 TPD Under-25s Championship and his first win on the European Tour was two years later at the 1978 Portuguese Open. Clark's final tally of European Tour wins was eleven, including pairs of wins in four consecutive seasons from 1984 to 1987. He also won the individual title at the World Cup of Golf in 1985. His best placing on the Order of Merit was third, which he achieved in both 1984 and 1986. His form fell away in the early 1990s, but revived for a time in the middle of that decade, and he made the top twenty of on the Order of Merit in 1994 and 1995. His last season on the tour was 1999 and he subsequently worked as an on course commentator for Sky Sports.

Clark played in the Ryder Cup six times and was on three winning European teams and also the 1989 team which tied the match and retained the Cup.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

European Tour wins (11)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 15 Apr 1978 Portuguese Open −1 (71-75-71-74=291) 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes, South Africa Simon Hobday
2 29 Apr 1978 Madrid Open −6 (70-70-72-70=282) 2 strokes Spain José Maria Cañizares
3 29 Apr 1984 Cepsa Madrid Open −14 (66-68-69-71=274) 3 strokes Spain José Maria Cañizares
4 28 May 1984 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship −12 (64-69-71=204) 2 strokes England Gordon J. Brand, West Germany Bernhard Langer
5 16 Jun 1985 Jersey Open −1 (71-69-71-68=279) 1 stroke England Warren Humphreys, Wales Philip Parkin,
Wales Ian Woosnam
6 11 Aug 1985 Glasgow Open −6 (71-65-70-68=274) Playoff Scotland Sandy Lyle
7 27 Apr 1986 Cepsa Madrid Open −14 (70-68-67-69=274) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros
8 18 May 1986 Peugeot Spanish Open −16 (68-71-66-67=272) 1 stroke Australia Ian Baker-Finch
9 22 Mar 1987 Moroccan Open −8 (73-73-66-72=284) 3 strokes England Mark James
10 9 Aug 1987 PLM Open −17 (68-73-67-73=271) 2 strokes Australia Ossie Moore
11 2 Oct 1988 English Open −9 (72-71-67-69=279) 3 strokes England Peter Baker

Other wins (2)[edit]

  • 1976 TPD Under-25s Championship
  • 1985 World Cup (individual title)

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT T13 T44 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T37 DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T32 T8 CUT T26 T52 T47 CUT T62 T28 T13
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT 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 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T80 CUT T21 CUT CUT 69 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T80 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 0 0 1 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 23 13
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 27 15
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (1987 Masters – 1989 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1973

Professional

See also[edit]

External links[edit]