Denis Durnian

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Denis Durnian
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Personal information
Full name Denis Durnian
Born (1950-06-30) 30 June 1950 (age 66)
Wigan, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality  England
Residence Chorley, England
Career
Turned professional 1969
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 7
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour 3
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T8: 1983
PGA Championship DNP

Denis Durnian (born 30 June 1950) is an English professional golfer.

Durnian was born in Wigan, Greater Manchester. He turned professional in 1969 and played on the European Tour from the early 1970s to the early 1990s. He never won a European Tour event, but he finished second four occasions, with one being a defeat in a matchplay final, and twice losing out in a playoff. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit was 20th in 1988. In 1985 he won the PLM Open, which became a European Tour event the following season, and he was twice the British Club Professional Champion.

Durnian played in The Open Championship every year from 1982 to 1990, only making the 36-hole cut on one occasion, in 1983 at Royal Birkdale, when he went on to finish tied for 8th place. During the second round he set the record for the lowest nine-hole total in the Open, with 28 on the front nine.[1]

After turning fifty Durnian joined the European Seniors Tour. He has won three tournaments at that level and was second on the end of season Order of Merit in both 2001 and 2002.

Professional wins (7)[edit]

Regular career wins (4)[edit]

European Seniors Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 10 Jun 2001 Wales Seniors Open +1 (74-65-69=208) 1 stroke United States Jay Horton
2 22 Sep 2002 Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open −10 (67-68-71=206) 6 strokes England Neil Coles, Scotland Martin Gray,
England Tommy Horton, United States Alan Tapie
3 27 Oct 2002 Estoril Seniors Tour Championship −5 (68-68-72=208) Playoff Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy

Playoff record[edit]

European Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1978 Greater Manchester Open Scotland Brian Barnes, New Zealand Bob Charles,
England Nick Job
Barnes won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1989 Jersey Open Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr Lost to par on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP DNP CUT T8 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Durnian played.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1978)
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

  • Dunhill Cup (representing England): 1989
  • World Cup (representing England): 1989
  • PGA Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1981 (tie), 1982, 1984 (winners), 1986
  • UBS Warburg Cup (representing the Rest of the World): 2001, 2002

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Denis Durnian makes comeback". The Independent. 8 July 1996. Retrieved 2009-06-09. 

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