Brian Huggett

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Brian Huggett
Personal information
Full name Brian George Charles Huggett, MBE
Nickname Welsh bulldog
Born (1936-11-18) 18 November 1936 (age 80)
Porthcawl, Wales
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality  Wales
Residence Ross-on-Wye, England
Career
Turned professional 1951
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 34
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
European Senior Tour 10
Other 22
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T2: 1965
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
Officer of the Order
of the British Empire
1978
Harry Vardon Trophy 1968

Brian George Charles Huggett, MBE (born 18 November 1936) is a Welsh professional golfer.[1] In 2006 he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

Huggett turned professional in 1951 and won sixteen events on the European circuit, including two after the formal start of the European Tour in 1972. He topped the Order or Merit in 1968 and was the third-highest money winner in the first season of the formal tour. He finished third in the Open Championship in 1962, albeit a full thirteen shots behind runaway winner Arnold Palmer, but in 1965 finished second, two shots behind Australia's Peter Thomson at Royal Birkdale. In 1970 he was ranked among the top ten players in the world in McCormack's World Golf Rankings, the forerunner of the modern World Ranking.

Huggett joined the European Seniors Tour when it debuted in 1992 and won ten times at that level. He finished second on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit in 1993, 1994 and 1998. He played six times for Great Britain and Ireland in the Ryder Cup (1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975) and had a 9-10-6 win-loss-half record. He was Great Britain & Ireland's non-playing captain in 1977.

Huggett has also been a golf-course designer. He is now a member at the Ross-on-Wye Golf Club in Herefordshire.

Professional wins (34)[edit]

European circuit wins (14)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Aug 1962 Dutch Open 69-71-65-69=274 2 strokes Netherlands Gerard de Wit
2 27 Apr 1963 Cox Moore Tournament 72-68-70-66=276 1 stroke England John Jacobs
3 11 Aug 1963 German Open 70-70-68-70=278 1 stroke England Peter Alliss
4 10 Jun 1967 PGA Close Championship 66-67-67-71=271 8 strokes England Jimmy Hitchcock, England Bernard Hunt
5 17 Jun 1967 Martini International 69-70-70-70=279 Tie England Malcolm Gregson
6 1 Jun 1968 Sumrie Tournament 69-75-70-68=282 4 strokes Spain Ángel Gallardo
7 15 Jun 1968 Martini International 72-69-66-71=278 2 strokes England Tommy Horton
8 8 Sep 1968 News of the World Match Play 1 up Scotland John Panton
9 31 May 1969 Daks Tournament 71-71-75-72=289 2 strokes Scotland Bernard Gallacher
10 1 Jul 1969 Bowmaker Tournament 68-67=135 Tie England Tony Grubb
11 22 Mar 1970 Algarve Open 75-78-71-69=293 3 strokes Scotland Andrew Brooks
12 21 Jun 1970 Carroll's International 68-68-69-74=279 7 strokes Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Snr
13 12 Sep 1970 Dunlop Masters 80-78-70-65=293 5 strokes Australia David Graham
14 5 Jun 1971 Daks Tournament 69-75-68-72=284 Tie England Neil Coles

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 13 Apr 1974 Portuguese Open –4 (71-66-68-67=272) 4 strokes South Africa John Fourie
2 4 Jun 1978 B.A./Avis Open –13 (65-66-71-69=271) 3 strokes Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open England Neil Coles Lost on second extra hole

Other wins (8)[edit]

European Seniors Tour wins (10)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 26 Apr 1992 Gary Player Anvil Senior Classic 76-74-71=221 Playoff England Tommy Horton
2 30 Aug 1992 Northern Electric Seniors 75-74-75=224 Playoff United States David Jimenez
3 13 Jun 1993 Northern Electric Seniors 73-34=107 1 stroke England Tommy Horton, England Brian Waites
4 7 Aug 1993 Forte PGA Seniors Championship −6 (69-65-70=204) 3 strokes South Africa Bobby Verwey
5 22 May 1994 La Manga Spanish Seniors Open −1 (72-74-69=215) Playoff England Malcolm Gregson, England David Snell
6 1 Apr 1995 Windsor Senior Masters −7 (70-67-72=209) 1 stroke Spain Antonio Garrido
7 3 Sep 1995 Shell Scottish Seniors Open −10 (64-70-66=200) 2 strokes England Neil Coles
8 2 Aug 1998 Schroder Senior Masters −7 (72-71-66=209) Playoff England Neil Coles, Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
9 9 Aug 1998 Senior British Open −5 (71-70-71-71=283) Playoff Northern Ireland Eddie Polland
10 7 May 2000 Beko Classic −8 (69-68-71=208) Playoff Australia Bob Shearer

Results in major championships[edit]

Note: Huggett only played in The Open Championship.
Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
The Open Championship T27 T3 T14 CUT T2 T43 T25 T13 T16
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship T28 T25 T26 CUT CUT T40 CUT T48 CUT CUT

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

Team appearances[edit]

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 250. ISBN 0-85613-520-8. 

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