|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Andrew Philip Parkin|
12 December 1961 |
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|College||Texas A&M University|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour
|Best results in Major Championships
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1984|
|The Open Championship||T21: 1986|
|Achievements and awards|
|Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
Parkin was born in Doncaster, England and raised in Newtown, Powys. He attended Texas A&M University in the United States, where he was the first person to receive a full scholarship for the university's golf team. He went on to become the first Aggie and first European to become 1st Team All-American. In 1983 he won The Amateur Championship to add to the British Youth Championship won the previous year, becoming the only player to hold both trophies at the same time. He appeared in the Walker Cup later that year, and turned professional after playing in the U.S. Masters in 1984.
Parkin was named the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year in his début season on the European Tour in 1984, having finished in 65th place on the Order of Merit despite only joining the tour in July. He earned enough money in his first event as a professional, during the 1984 Open Championship at St Andrews, to become the quickest affiliate member in the history of the European Tour. He ended the 1985 and 1986 seasons inside the top 35, even though he played less than 20 tournaments, both seasons, before he moved to the United States to play on the PGA Tour. He finished tied for 3rd at the PGA Tour Qualifying Tournament to earn his card for 1987. In his rookie season, he finished outside the top 200 on the money list to lose his playing rights, but did also play 14 events on the European Tour and retained his European Tour card. He returned to Europe with more success, twice making the top 100 on the European Tour Order of Merit. His form faded as he was troubled by an eye problem, which ended his playing career at the age of 31.
Parkin represented Wales 47 times on international teams including two World Cups, in 1984 and 1989 placing 4th and 5th respectively, and five Alfred Dunhill Cups, reaching two semi-finals. Since leaving the tour, Parkin has worked as a golf coach and as a commentator and analyst for many different broadcasters.
- 1982 British Youth Championship, Tillman Trophy
- 1983 The Amateur Championship
- 1986 Welsh PGA Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||T31||T25||T21||CUT||DNP||CUT|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10
- Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1983
- World Cup (representing Wales): 1984, 1989
- Dunhill Cup (representing Wales): 1985, 1986, 1989, 1990, 1991
- "2011 Walker Cup Match Media Guide". pp. 13, 24. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "1983 Walker Cup Match – Results". USGA. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
- "Colin Montgomerie can bring back Ryder Cup, insists Philip Parkin". Western Mail. 6 February 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2009.
- Farrell, Andy (1 December 1996). "Hard school's qualified failures". The Independent (London). Retrieved 24 July 2009.