|— Golfer —|
Woosnam in 2009
|Full name||Ian Harold Woosnam OBE|
2 March 1958 |
|Height||1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)|
|Residence||Jersey, Channel Islands|
|Children||Daniel (born 1985), Rebecca (born 1988), Ami (born 1991)|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour
European Seniors Tour
|Number of wins by tour|
|European Tour||29 (6th all time)|
|European Seniors Tour||4|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||Won: 1991|
|U.S. Open||T2: 1989|
|The Open Championship||T3: 1986, 2001|
|PGA Championship||6th: 1989|
|Achievements and awards|
|Officer of the Most
Excellent Order of
the British Empire
Order of Merit winner
Player of the Year
Nicknamed 'Woosie', 'Woosers', or the 'Wee Welshman', Woosnam was one of the "Big Five" generation of European golfers, all born within 12 months of one another, all of whom have won majors, and made Europe competitive in the Ryder Cup. His peers in this group were Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo, Bernhard Langer, and Sandy Lyle.
- 1 Career outline
- 2 Controversy
- 3 Professional wins (50)
- 4 Major championships
- 5 Team appearances
- 6 See also
- 7 References
- 8 External links
Woosnam was born in the town of Oswestry, Shropshire in England, and his family lived in the nearby village of St Martin's in Shropshire. He started playing at the unique Llanymynech Golf Club, which straddles the Wales-England border. He is short for a male golfer at 1.64 m (5 ft 4 1⁄2 in), but he is a powerful hitter. He played as an amateur in regional competitions in the English county of Shropshire alongside Sandy Lyle.
Woosnam turned professional in 1976 and first played the European Tour in 1979. Woosnam spent his early years on Tour driving around the continent in a camper van, living on a diet of baked beans to save money. After three modest seasons, his career took off in 1982 when he won the Swiss Open and came eighth on the Order of Merit (prize money list). He also finished in the top ten on the Order of Merit every year from 1983 to 1991 and again in 1993, 1996, and 1997, making thirteen times in all. In 1987 and 1990 he was first, and in the former year he set a world record for global tournament earnings of £1,062,662. He has won 28 official money events on the European Tour and many other events around the world.
Woosnam placed third in the 1986 Open Championship. In 1991, he reached the top of the Official World Golf Ranking, eventually spending a total of 50 weeks as World Number 1 (7 April 1991 – 21 March 1992). In the same year, he emulated his British rivals, Sandy Lyle and Nick Faldo, by winning the Masters Tournament; the first person representing Wales to ever win a major championship.
After winning the Torras Monte Carlo Golf Open in 1991, Woosnam had a decline in form in the second half of the year and said that he was suffering from exhaustion after playing in too many tournaments across the world. In December 1991, his sterling silver Masters trophy, a $9,000 copy of the original, was stolen from a British train.
Woosnam's last official European Tour victory was in the 1997 Volvo PGA Championship. In the late 1990s, his form began to fade, but he nearly made a spectacular comeback at The Open Championship in 2001, when he finished third despite suffering a two-stroke penalty for starting the final round with 15 clubs in his bag instead of the allowable maximum of 14. While his caddie, Miles Byrne, was responsible for this error, Woosnam surprisingly decided not to fire him stating: "It is the biggest mistake he will make in his life. He won't do it again. He's a good caddie. I am not going to sack him. He's a good lad."
Ironically, Woosnam did fire his caddie two weeks later when, after a night drinking on the town, he failed to turn up to tee-time. In the same year, at the age of 43, Woosnam became the oldest player to win the World Match Play Championship (not an official European Tour event at the time) when he beat Padraig Harrington 2 & 1 in the 2001 final. Woosnam also became the first player to capture the trophy in three different decades, having previously won the World Match Play Championship in 1987 and 1990. Woosnam had a record outward nine holes of 28 (-7) in the 2001 final against Harrington, which tied the tournament record of 7 successive birdies in a match.
Woosnam was a member of eight consecutive European Ryder Cup teams from 1983 to 1997. Despite not winning a singles match he accumulated an excellent overall record of 14 wins, 12 losses and 5 halves in 31 matches. He was a vice captain for the 2002 European team and was elected as captain for the 2006 Ryder Cup, leading Europe to victory over the U.S. 18½–9½. This will be a one-off assignment as Nick Faldo was elected for 2008 at the same time.
Woosnam was diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis (AS) in early 1987, which affects approximately 1 in 200 men and 1 in 500 women in Britain. In December that year, Woosnam won the first of his three BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year awards, which he went on to win in 1990 and 1991.
On 1 June 2008, Woosnam won his first stroke play title in 11 years at the Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship at Kraków Valley Golf and Country Club, finishing with a course record 63. The tournament was his third appearance on European Seniors Tour, which he joined after turning 50 years old in March 2008. Woosnam would go on to win the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit that year becoming the only person to have won the Order of Merit on both the European Seniors Tour and the regular European Tour.
Professional wins (50)
European Tour wins (29)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other European Tour (28)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||29 Aug 1982||Ebel Swiss Open||–16 (68-68-66-70=272)||Playoff||Bill Longmuir|
|2||5 Jun 1983||Silk Cut Masters||–15 (68-69-67-65=269)||3 strokes||Bernard Gallacher|
|3||8 Aug 1984||Scandinavian Enterprise Open||–4 (71-70-69-70=280)||3 strokes||Peter Teravainen|
|4||21 Sep 1986||Lawrence Batley International T.P.C.||–11 (71-71-66-69=277)||7 strokes||Ken Brown, José Maria Cañizares|
|5||12 Apr 1987||Jersey Open||–9 (68-67-72-72=279)||1 stroke||Bill Malley|
|6||26 Apr 1987||Cepsa Madrid Open||–19 (67-67-69-66=269)||3 strokes||Wayne Grady|
|7||11 Jul 1987||Bell's Scottish Open||–20 (65-65-66-68=264)||7 strokes||Peter Senior|
|8||20 Sep 1987||Trophée Lancôme||–24 (65-64-69-66=264)||2 strokes||Mark McNulty|
|9||30 May 1988||Volvo PGA Championship||–14 (67-70-70-67=274)||2 strokes||Seve Ballesteros, Mark James|
|10||21 Aug 1988||Carroll's Irish Open||–10 (68-70-70-70=278)||7 strokes|| Seve Ballesteros, Nick Faldo,
Manuel Piñero, Des Smyth
|11||11 Sep 1988||Panasonic European Open||–20 (65-66-64-65=260)||3 strokes||Nick Faldo|
|12||25 Jul 1989||Carroll's Irish Open||–10 (70-67-71-70=278)||Playoff||Philip Walton|
|13||4 Mar 1990||Amex Med Open||–6 (68-68-74=210)||2 strokes||Miguel Ángel Martín, Eduardo Romero|
|14||7 Jul 1990||Torras Monte Carlo Open||–18 (66-67-65-60=258)||5 strokes||Costantino Rocca|
|15||14 Jul 1990||Bell's Scottish Open||–15 (72-62-67-68=269)||4 strokes||Mark McNulty|
|16||30 Sep 1990||Epson Grand Prix of Europe||–13 (65-67-67-72=271)||3 strokes||Mark McNulty, José María Olazábal|
|17||3 Mar 1991||Fujitsu Mediterranean Open||–5 (70-71-71-67=279)||1 stroke||Michael McLean|
|18||14 Apr 1991||Masters Tournament||–11 (72-66-67-72=277)||1 stroke||José María Olazábal|
|19||6 Jul 1991||Torras Monte Carlo Golf Open||–15 (67-66-61-67=261)||4 strokes||Anders Forsbrand|
|20||4 Jul 1992||European Monte Carlo Open||–15 (66-65-66-64=261)||2 strokes||Mark McNulty, Johan Rystrom|
|21||22 Aug 1993||Murphy's English Open||–19 (71-67-65-66=269)||2 strokes||Costantino Rocca|
|22||19 Sep 1993||Trophée Lancôme||–13 (64-70-68-65=267)||2 strokes||Sam Torrance|
|23||1 May 1994||Air France Cannes Open||–17 (72-70-63-66=271)||5 strokes||Colin Montgomerie|
|24||18 Sep 1994||Dunhill British Masters||–17 (71-70-63-67=271)||4 strokes||Seve Ballesteros|
|25||28 Jan 1996||Johnnie Walker Classic||–16 (69-68-69-66=272)||Playoff||Andrew Coltart|
|26||4 Feb 1996||Heineken Classic||–11 (69-71-65-72=277)||1 stroke||Paul McGinley, Jean van de Velde|
|27||13 Jul 1996||Scottish Open||+1 (70-74-70-75=289)||4 strokes||Andrew Coltart|
|28||25 Aug 1996||Volvo German Open||–20 (64-64-65=193)||6 strokes|| Thomas Gögele, Robert Karlsson,
Ian Pyman, Fernando Roca
|29||26 May 1997||Volvo PGA Championship||–13 (67-68-70-70=275)||2 strokes|| Darren Clarke, Ernie Els,
European Tour playoff record (3–5)
|1||1982||Ebel Swiss Open||Bill Longmuir||Won with par on third extra hole|
|2||1987||Suze Open||Seve Ballesteros||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|3||1989||Wang Four Stars||Craig Parry||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|4||1989||Carroll's Irish Open||Philip Walton||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|5||1993||Honda Open|| Paul Broadhurst, Johan Ryström,
|Torrance won with birdie on first extra hole|
|6||1996||Johnnie Walker Classic||Andrew Coltart||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|7||1997||Dubai Desert Classic||Richard Green, Greg Norman||Green won with par on first extra hole|
|8||1999||Linde German Masters||Sergio García, Pádraig Harrington||García won with birdie on second extra hole
Woosman eliminated with par on first hole
PGA Tour wins (2)
|Major championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (1)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner-up|
|1||24 Mar 1991||USF&G Classic||–13 (73-67-68-67=275)||Playoff||Jim Hallet|
|2||14 Apr 1991||Masters Tournament||–11 (72-66-67-72=277)||1 stroke||José María Olazábal|
Other wins (15)
- 1979 News of the World Under-23 Match Play Championship
- 1982 Cacharel Under-25 Championship
- 1985 Zambia Open
- 1986 555 Kenya Open
- 1987 Suntory World Match Play Championship, Hong Kong Open, Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa), World Cup (team with David Llewellyn), World Cup (individual)
- 1988 Welsh Pro Championship
- 1989 World Cup (individual)
- 1990 Suntory World Match Play Championship
- 1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (United States)
- 1997 Hyundai Motor Masters (South Korea)
- 2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship
European Seniors Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||1 Jun 2008||Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship||–14 (71-68-63=202)||1 stroke||Domingo Hospital|
|2||6 Jul 2008||Russian Seniors Open||–12 (67-67-70=204)||3 strokes||Ángel Franco|
|3||7 Jun 2009||Irish Seniors Open||–2 (74-70-67=211)||1 stroke||Bob Boyd|
|4||19 Jun 2011||Berenberg Bank Masters||–9 (71-70-66=207)||2 strokes||Ángel Fernández|
Other senior wins (1)
- 2009 PGA Handa Cup Philanthropy Senior Tournament
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1991||Masters Tournament||1 shot lead||−11 (72-66-67-72=277)||1 stroke||José María Olazábal|
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||CUT||T16||T3||T8||T25||T49|
|The Open Championship||T4||T17||T5||T51||CUT||T49||CUT||T24||T57||T24|
|The Open Championship||T68||T3||T37||72||DNP||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
|The Open Championship||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP|
DNP = did not play
CUT = missed the half way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.
|The Open Championship||0||0||2||4||5||10||23||17|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 15 (1989 Masters – 1992 Open Championship)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1992 U.S. Open – 1992 Open Championship)
- World Cup (representing Wales): 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 (team and individual winner), 1990, 1991 (individual winner), 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2002, 2003
- Hennessy Cognac Cup: 1982 (winners), 1984
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied – cup retained), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners), 2006 (winners, non-playing captain)
- Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Wales): 1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2000
- Four Tours World Championship: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990
- Seve Trophy: (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 2000, 2002 (winners)
- UBS Cup (Rest of the World team): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2006 (winners)
- Reason, Mark (25 May 2003). "In the footsteps of the famous five". The Daily Telegraph (UK). Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "Ian Woosnam". BBC Wales. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- GOLF; Woosnam Wins On 18th Green
- Garrity, John (April 22, 1991). "Fight to the finish". Sports Illustrated.
- The Emotionally Intelligent Manager. Jossey-Bass Publishing. 2004. ISBN 978-0-7879-7071-0.
- "Woosnam fires caddie". CBC Sports Golf. 5 August 2001. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Casey, Phil (29 July 2006). "New treatment puts Woosnam back in title hunt". The Independent. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "Woosnam to seek medical advice". Daily Mail. UK. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "BBC Sport-Wales-BBC Wales Sports Personality Of The Year". BBC (BBC). 8 December 2008. Retrieved 28 October 2009.
- "Woosie ends year with OBE". Western Mail. 30 December 2006. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- "Woosnam celebrates Polish victory". BBC Sport. 1 June 2008. Retrieved 18 August 2009.
- - Inductees to Roll Of Honour. Welsh Sports Hall of Fame
- Ian Woosnam at the European Tour official site
- Ian Woosnam at the PGA Tour official site
- Llanymynech Golf Club
|BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
|BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1990 and 1991