|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Ross McFarlane|
25 May 1961 |
|Height||5 ft 9.5 in (1.77 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Residence||Stoke Poges, Bucks., England|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in Major Championships
|The Open Championship||T55: 1994|
McFarlane was born in Manchester, and is the son of Manchester United footballer Noel. He turned professional in 1979 and played on the European Tour for many years, making the top 100 in the Order of Merit seven times, with a best ranking of 26th in 1997. That year he collected his only European Tour tournament win at the Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe, which earned him a five year exemption on tour.
Having struggled to build on that win, in 2001 McFarlane played only a few tournaments as he joined Sky Sports as a golf commentator, despite still having over a year left on his European Tour exemption. He has also worked for the Golf Channel.
On 30 January 2014, McFarlane was given a suspended prison sentence of ten months and forced to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years, for being in possession of over 150 indecent images of children. Four weeks later, he was re-arrested. On 3 March, he was jailed for 18 months after being caught alone with two children after he was banned from such contact as part of his suspended sentence. He was also found to have used his XBox to view child pornography.
European Tour wins (1)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||1 May 1997||Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe||−6 (70-73-68-71=282)||1 stroke||Gordon Brand, Jnr, Anders Forsbrand|
Other wins (1)
- 1987 Midland Professional Championship
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||DNP||DNP||DNP||DNP||T55||DNP||CUT||CUT||DNP||CUT|
Note: The Open Champions was the only major McFarlane played.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.
- Watson, Leon (3 March 2014). "Former Sky Sports commentator who flouted child sex orders by spending time alone with youngsters and using an Xbox to download underage porn jailed for 18 months". Daily Mail.