John Bland

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John Bland
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name John Louis Bland
Born (1945-09-22) 22 September 1945 (age 69)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Knysna, South Africa
Career
Turned professional 1970
Former tour(s) European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Champions Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 36
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Sunshine Tour 21 (5th all time)
Challenge Tour 1
Champions Tour 5
European Seniors Tour 3
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T16: 1980
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit Winner
1977/78, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1990/91
Senior PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year
1996

John Louis Bland (born 22 September 1945) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than thirty professional tournaments around the world.

Bland was born in Johannesburg. Turning professional in 1969, he was a leading player on the Southern African Tour for over twenty years. He spent the northern summers playing on the European Tour, where he won twice. He was a more consistent contender than this tally might suggest, as he finished in the top-20 on the Order of Merit six times.

After reaching the age of fifty in 1995, Bland played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour. He won five tournaments in this venue, including four in 1996, when he finished third on the money list. He has also won three tournaments on the European Seniors Tour.

Bland is a friend of fellow South African golfer Gary Player and regularly plays in the Gary Player Invitational charity golf series to raise money for children's causes around the world.

Professional wins (36)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 21 Aug 1983 Benson and Hedges International Open −15 (68-70-67-68=273) 1 stroke West Germany Bernhard Langer
2 20 Apr 1986 Suze Open −12 (68-71-70-67=276) 4 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 1991 Martini Open

Southern Africa Tour wins (21)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 Oct 1995 Ralphs Senior Classic −12 (69-67-65=201) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert
2 21 Jan 1996 Puerto Rico Senior Tournament of Champions −9 (69-68-70=207) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert
3 2 Jun 1996 Bruno's Memorial Classic −8 (67-70-71=208) Playoff United States John Paul Cain, United States Kermit Zarley
4 18 Aug 1996 Northville Long Island Classic −14 (70-66-66=202) 3 strokes United States Jim Colbert
5 13 Oct 1996 The Transamerica −12 (69-69-66=204) 1 stroke United States Jim Colbert

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1996 Bruno's Memorial Classic United States John Paul Cain, United States Kermit Zarley Won with bogey on third extra hole
Zarley eliminated with par on second hole

European Seniors Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 1 Oct 1995 London Masters −6 (70-69-71=210) 4 strokes England Tony Grubb, South Africa Hugh Inggs,
England John Morgan, South Africa Bobby Verwey
2 9 Aug 2009 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open −11 (65-69-65=199) Playoff United States Bob Boyd
3 20 Jun 2010 Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open −8 (69-68-71=208) 1 stroke Paraguay Ángel Franco, South Africa Chris Williams

Other senior wins (4)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
The Open Championship CUT T52 CUT T16 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT T53 T80

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Bland played.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

See also[edit]

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