Ronan Rafferty

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Ronan Rafferty
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Ronan P. Rafferty
Born (1964-01-13) 13 January 1964 (age 50)
Newry, Northern Ireland
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 189 lb (86 kg; 13.5 st)
Nationality  Northern Ireland
Residence Gleneagles, Scotland, UK
Spouse Yvonne Rafferty
Children Jonathan, Emma
Career
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 13
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 7
PGA Tour of Australasia 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T14: 1990
U.S. Open 63rd: 1990
The Open Championship T9: 1984
PGA Championship CUT: 1990
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1989

Ronan P. Rafferty (born 13 January 1964) is a Northern Irish professional golfer, who formerly played on the European Tour.

Rafferty was born in Newry. He won the Boys Amateur Championship aged fifteen and played in the Walker Cup aged seventeen. He tied for first place with Peter McEvoy in the 1980 English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy.[citation needed]

The most notable achievement of Rafferty's professional career came in 1989, when he finished top of the European Tour Order of Merit. He came close to breaking the then record for consecutive cuts made on the European Tour in the early 1990s, before struggling for form amid injuries later in the decade. He failed to finish inside the top 100 on the Order of Merit between 1998 and 2004. In total he has seven wins on the tour, all of which came between 1989 and 1993. Rafferty now plays few tournaments, and is involved in broadcasting, where he works as a commentator and analyst, and golf course design. He regularly appeared on Setanta Golf's coverage of the PGA Tour.[citation needed]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (13)[edit]

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 21 May 1989 Lancia Italian Open −15 (71-69-68-65=273) 1 stroke ScotlandSam Torrance
2 6 Aug 1989 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −20 (70-69-64-65=268) 2 strokes United States Michael Allen
3 29 Oct 1989 Volvo Masters −6 (72-69-70-71=282) 1 stroke England Nick Faldo
4 5 Aug 1990 PLM Open −18 (64-67-70-69=270) 4 strokes FijiVijay Singh
5 2 Sep 1990 Ebel European Masters Swiss Open −21 (70-65-66-66=267) 2 strokes South Africa John Bland
6 22 Mar 1992 Portuguese Open −15 (67-71-67-68=273) 1 stroke Sweden Anders Forsbrand
7 15 Aug 1993 Hohe Brucke Austrian Open −14 (65-69-72-68=274) Playoff Denmark Anders Sørensen

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (5)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T14 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 63 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship T61 T9 T44 T21 CUT T38 T61 T31 DNP T39 DNP T11 CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT WD DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 11 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 17 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1988 Open Championship – 1990 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

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