Simon Hobday

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Simon Hobday
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Simon Forbes Newbold Hobday
Nickname Scruffy[1]
Born (1940-06-23) 23 June 1940 (age 74)
Mafikeng, South Africa
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Turned professional 1969
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins 17
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
Sunshine Tour 6
Champions Tour 5
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 1995
The Open Championship T19: 1983
PGA Championship DNP

Simon Forbes Newbold Hobday (born 23 June 1940)[2] is a South African professional golfer who has won tournaments on three continents.

Hobday was born in Mafikeng. He lived part of his life in Zambia and represented the country in the 1966 Eisenhower Trophy.[3] He also lived in Rhodesia.[4]

Hobday turned professional in 1969. He spent his regular career mainly on the Southern Africa Tour, where he won six times and the European Tour, where he won the 1976 German Open and the 1979 Madrid Open. As a senior, he played mainly in the United States on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), where he claimed five titles between 1993 and 1995 including one senior major, the 1994 U.S. Senior Open.

Professional wins (17)[edit]

Southern Africa Tour wins (6)[edit]

  • 1971 South African Open
  • 1978 Rhodesian Dunlop Masters
  • 1978 Victoria Falls Classic
  • 1979 Rhodesian Open
  • 1981 ICL International
  • 1985 Trustbank Tournament of Champions

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 15 Aug 1976 German Open −18 (67-68-65-66=266) 1 stroke Spain Antonio Garrido
2 22 Apr 1979 Madrid Open −3 (67-73-71-74=285) 2 strokes Spain Francisco Abreu, England Gordon J. Brand, South Africa Tienie Britz

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 4 Jul 1993 Kroger Senior Classic −11 (67-69-66=202) 1 stroke United States Gibby Gilbert, United States Mike Hill, United States Bob Reith
2 12 Dec 1993 Hyatt Senior Tour Championship −17 (64-68-67=199) 2 strokes United States Raymond Floyd, United States Larry Gilbert
3 3 Jul 1994 U.S. Senior Open −10 (66-67-66-75=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Albus, Australia Graham Marsh
4 4 Sep 1994 GTE Northwest Classic −7 (70-69-70=209) Playoff United States Jim Albus
5 17 Sep 1995 Brickyard Crossing Championship −12 (71-65-68=204) 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki, United States Hale Irwin, United States Bob Murphy, United States Lee Trevino

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 GTE Northwest Classic United States Jim Albus Won with birdie on third extra hole

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

Other senior wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1994 U.S. Senior Open −10 (66-67-66-75=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Albus, Australia Graham Marsh

Team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green Sr., Ron (25 July 2011). "'Scruffy' Hobday went with the flow, pleasing fans, sportswriters". News Observer. Retrieved 23 July 2014. 
  2. ^ "Simon Hobday". Who's Who South Africa. Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "World Amateur Team Championship Record Books – Eisenhower Trophy – Championship Results – 1966". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Rhodesian Sport Profiles: Simon Hobday". Retrieved 25 January 2013. 

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