|— Golfer —|
30 January 1950 |
Cessnock, New South Wales
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour of Australasia
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||4|
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||T2: 1980|
|U.S. Open||T32: 1980|
|The Open Championship||2nd: 1975|
|PGA Championship||T20: 1980|
|Achievements and awards|
|PGA Tour of Australia
Order of Merit winner
Newton was born in Cessnock, New South Wales. He was one of Australia's most successful golfers in the 1970s and early 1980s. He turned professional in 1971 and won his first professional tournament – the Dutch Open – in 1972. Newton notched up several victories over the next decade as he won titles such as the British Matchplay in 1974, the Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1978, and the Australian Open Championship in 1979.
In the 1975 Open Championship at Carnoustie in Scotland, Newton lost in a playoff to Tom Watson. In the third round, Newton set a course record of 65, despite having injured an ankle so severely on the practice tee prior to the start of the championship, that he had it professionally wrapped each day, and was subjected to pain-killing injections. In the final round, Newton was the leader during the back-nine but dropped shots in three of the last four holes. Watson holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Newton. In the next day's 18-hole playoff, Watson defeated Newton by one stroke (71-72). Newton later said that the turning point in the playoff was when Watson chipped in for an eagle at the 14th hole.
On 24 July 1983, during the height of his professional career, Newton had a near-fatal accident when he walked into the spinning propeller of a Cessna aeroplane he was about to board at Sydney Airport; he was about to return to Newcastle having flown to Sydney that morning to see an AFL game between the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Football Club. He lost his right arm and eye and sustained severe abdominal injuries. A severe rainstorm was in progress at the time, and in addition, safety aspects near the plane were deficient.
Immediately after the accident doctors gave Newton a 50-50 chance of surviving. He spent several days in a coma and eight weeks in intensive care. After a prolonged rehabilitation from his injuries, Newton returned to public life as a television and radio golf commentator, newspaper reporter, golf course designer, public speaker and Chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. He taught himself to play golf one-handed, swinging the club with his left hand in a right-handed stance. He typically scores in the mid-80s.
In 2003, Newton was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, and was rushed to hospital. He suffered no further permanent injuries.
On 11 June 2007, Newton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to golf, particularly through a range of executive, youth development and fundraising roles.
this list may be incomplete
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (4)
- 1972 City of Auckland Classic (NZ)
- 1976 New South Wales Open
- 1979 Australian Open, New South Wales Open
European Tour wins (3)
- 1972 Dutch Open, Benson & Hedges Festival
- 1974 Benson & Hedges Match Play Championship, Nigerian Open
PGA Tour wins (1)
this list may be incomplete
- 1975 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball (with John O'Leary)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||T49||T40||CUT||CUT||2||T17||CUT||T24||T57||T10||DNP|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||2||4||10||7|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 8 (1978 Open Championship – 1980 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
- "The Battle of Britain". Golf World. 18 July 1975. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Modest Watson joins the great Ben Hogan". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). 15 July 1975. p. 24. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- Bolton, Matthew (25 July 1983). "Jack Newton loses arm". The Age (Melbourne, Australia). p. 1. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Huggan, John (June 2008). "Jack Newton: Whole Again". Golf Digest. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "Newton Remains Close To Golf". Spartanburg Herald-Journal (Spartanburg, South Carolina). 18 August 1984. p. B5. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- "TV commentator Newton hospitalized with meningitis". ESPN. Associated Press. 2 January 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Mossop, James (15 July 2003). "Jack Newton's triumph over tragedy". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 4 September 2012.
- Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation
- NY Times article on the accident
- Jack Newton at the PGA Tour of Australasia official site
- Jack Newton at the PGA Tour official site
- Jack Newton at the European Tour official site