Stephen Dodd

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Stephen Dodd
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Stephen Dodd
Born (1966-07-15) 15 July 1966 (age 48)
Cardiff, Wales
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13.4 st)
Nationality  Wales
Residence Barry, Wales
Career
Turned professional 1990
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 8
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 3
Challenge Tour 1
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1990
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship CUT: 1989, 2005, 2006
PGA Championship CUT: 2005, 2006

Stephen Dodd (born 15 July 1966) is a Welsh professional golfer who after a relatively moderate career, unexpectedly won two events on the European Tour in the 2005 season at the age of 38.

Dodd was born in Cardiff. He had a successful amateur career highlighted by victory in The Amateur Championship at Royal Birkdale in 1989, which qualified him to play in The Open Championship that year and the U.S. Masters the following year. He was named Welsh sports personality of the year in 1989. He turned professional in 1990.

Dodd spent the early years of his professional career on Europe's second tier Challenge Tour. In 1992 he won the Bank Austria Open on that tour, but his results were generally patchy. He first gained his place on the main European Tour in 1995, but found himself returning to qualifying school every year until 2001, when he finally broke into the top 100 on the Order of Merit to automatically retain his playing status. He then steadily improved, having new personal best seasons in 2003 and 2004, finishing 80th and 58th respectively on the money list.

The 2005 season marked a sudden improvement in Dodd's fortunes. He won the first tournament he entered that season, the Volvo China Open (actually played in late 2004), which was one of several events co-sanctioned by the European Tour and the Asian Tour.[1] A few weeks later he picked up a new biggest paycheck of his career by coming tied second in the higher profile Dubai Desert Classic. He went on to win the Nissan Irish Open in May,[2] and in November he won the WGC-World Cup for Wales in partnership with Bradley Dredge. He finished the season ranked a career high 17th on the Order of Merit.

In 2006 Dodd won the Smurfit European Open, granting him a five year exemption on the European Tour.[3] He finished the season ranked 29th on the Order of Merit. Since then his form has dropped, and in 2008 he made just 4 cuts as he slipped to 245th on the end of season money list.

Personal life[edit]

Dodd resides in Barry, Wales with his wife Allison and their son Liam.

Amateur wins (3)[edit]

Professional wins (8)[edit]

European Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 28 Nov 2004
(2005 season)
Volvo China Open –12 (68-70-70-68=276) 3 strokes Denmark Thomas Bjørn
2 22 May 2005 Nissan Irish Open –9 (69-70-72-68=279) Playoff England David Howell
3 9 Jul 2006 Smurfit Kappa European Open –9 (67-69-73-70=279) 2 strokes Spain José Manuel Lara, England Anthony Wall

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2005 Nissan Irish Open England David Howell Won with birdie on first extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 1992 Bank Austria Open

Other wins (4)[edit]

  • 1995 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 2001 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 2007 Ryder Cup Wales Welsh Open PGA Championship
  • 2011 Welsh National PGA Championship

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Masters DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT

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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain & Ireland): 1989 (winners)

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dodd claims first tour victory". BBC Sport. 28 November 2004. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  2. ^ "Dodd wins Irish Open in play-off". BBC Sport. 22 May 2005. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 
  3. ^ "Dodd claims European Open victory". BBC Sport. 9 July 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-13. 

External links[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Wales Colin Jackson
BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year
1989
Succeeded by
Wales Ian Woosnam