Ben Arda

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Ben Arda
Personal information
NicknameBantam Ben, Toy Tiger
Born(1929-06-13)13 June 1929
Cebu, Philippine Islands
Died20 December 2006(2006-12-20) (aged 77)
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Nationality Philippines
Former tour(s)Asian Tour
Japan Golf Tour
Professional wins15
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1962
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1972
Achievements and awards
Asian Golf Circuit
Order of Merit winner

Ben Arda (13 June 1929 – 20 December 2006) was a Filipino professional golfer.

Arda, known as Bantam Ben and the Toy Tiger[1] because of his small stature, was one of Asia's leading golfers during the 1960s and 1970s. He was the first Filipino to qualify for the Masters Tournament and The Open Championship.[2] He won many tournaments on the Asian Golf Circuit, including the Philippine Open three times, and headed the money list in 1970. He also won four times on the Japan Golf Tour and played in the World Cup 16 times,[3] recording a best finish of 2nd place in 1977 with playing partner Rudy Lavares.

Professional wins (15)[edit]

Japan Golf Tour wins (4)[edit]

Other wins (11)[edit]

This list may be incomplete

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972
Masters Tournament CUT
The Open Championship CUT

Note: Arda never played in the U.S. Open nor the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972 Open Championship)

Team appearances[edit]

This list is incomplete


  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 360. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
  2. ^ Castillo, Musong R. (21 December 2006). "Golf great Bantam Ben Arda dies, 77". Philippine Daily Inquirer. p. A23. Archived from the original on 1 October 2012. Retrieved 2010-07-27.
  3. ^ "Most appearances in World Cup history". PGA Tour. Archived from the original on 2009-11-28. Retrieved 2010-07-27.

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