John Player Classic

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John Player Classic
Tournament information
Location United Kingdom
Established 1970
Course(s) Turnberry (1972–73)
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) (1970)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Final year 1973
Tournament record score
Aggregate 285 Bob Charles (1972)
To par −2 Christy O'Connor Snr (1970)
Final champion
United States Charles Coody

The John Player Classic was the richest golf tournament in Britain between 1970 and 1973. In 1972 and 1973 it was an event on the fledgling European Tour.

The John Player Classic was first played in 1970 at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), when Ireland's Christy O'Connor Snr triumphed by one stroke over England's Tony Jacklin to collect the £24,375 first prize.[1] Having not been held in 1971, the tournament returned as part of the new European Tour in 1972. It also had a change of venue, being moved to Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland.

The tournament was played just once more, in 1973, when American Charles Coody took the title. It was cancelled the following year because of conflicting tournament schedules in the United States.[2]


Year Venue Winner Country Score
1973 Turnberry Charles Coody  United States 289 (+5)
1972 Turnberry Bob Charles  New Zealand 285 (+1)
1971 No tournament
1970 Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland 286 (−2)


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