Gordon J. Brand

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Gordon J. Brand
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Personal information
Full name Gordon John Brand
Nickname Brandy
Born (1955-08-06) 6 August 1955 (age 61)
Cambridge, England
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Nationality  England
Residence Ilkley, England;
São Lourenço[citation needed], Portugal
Spouse Lyn Brand (m.1979)
Children Marylyn, Elizabeth Jane
Career
Turned professional 1976
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 14
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
European Senior Tour 5
Other 8
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 1989
The Open Championship 2nd: 1986
PGA Championship DNP

Gordon John Brand (born 6 August 1955) is an English professional golfer.

Brand turned professional in 1976 and enjoyed full playing privileges on the European Tour for 20 years. During his time on tour, he finished inside the top 30 on the Order of Merit seven times and inside the top-100 16 times. His highest ranking came in 1986, fifth place, in which year he finished as runner-up to Greg Norman in The Open Championship at Turnberry. Brand is also remembered for recording a hole in one at the 16th hole during the 1981 Open Championship at Royal St George's Golf Club. In that year he won the Tooting Bec Cup after posting a round of 65. Gordon repeated this feat again in 1986 on his way to finishing runner-up.

In 1989, Brand won his sole European Tour event winning by four shots at the Volvo Belgian Open at Royal Waterloo G.C., Brussels. He was also very successful in Africa, winning on the continent seven times notably winning the Open de Côte d'Ivoire no fewer than three times. He was twice a winner of the Safari Tour order of merit.

Brand played in the 1983 Ryder Cup, represented England at the 1983 World Cup and was part of the 1986 and winning 1987 Dunhill Cup teams. Brands win against Sam Torrance helped, alongside Nick Faldo and Howard Clark beat Scotland on the final day to secure the title.

After a successful golfing career, Brand went on to work for the European Tour as a tournament referee before quitting in 2005 to play on the European Seniors Tour.

Since turning 50 and joining the European Seniors Tour in 2005 Brand has five victories to his name, the most memorable coming at the 2008 The De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship. After a 72-hole score of 4-over par, Brand and Gordon Brand, Jnr of Scotland played a record equalling six hole playoff, with Gordon J. Brand winning the sixth extra hole with a par putt on the par 3 17th after playing the 18th hole five times. After his win, Brand credited his wife Lyn, a former Ladies European Tour player for a putting tip suggested to him before the final round. A week later, Brand also won the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Woburn Golf Club. With that win, Brand finished a senior career best second on the Order of Merit behind former Masters champion Ian Woosnam. Since finishing second on the Order of Merit in 2008, Gordon has struggled for form finishing 21st and 15th in 2009 and 2010 Order of Merits respectively, posting only five top-10 finishes.

Gordon J. Brand should not be confused with his Scottish contemporary Gordon Brand, Jnr.

Professional wins (14)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 14 May 1989 Volvo Belgian Open −11 (67-69-68-69=273) 6 strokes England Mark Davis

Other wins (8)[edit]

European Seniors Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 15 Oct 2006 OKI Castellón Open de España Senior −13 (65-66-72=203) 2 strokes England Carl Mason, Scotland Sam Torrance
2 11 Nov 2006 Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship −5 (73-72-66=211) Playoff Argentina Adan Sowa
3 2 Mar 2007 DGM Barbados Open −8 (72-70-66=208) 1 stroke United States Doug Johnson
4 24 Aug 2008 De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship +4 (72-77-68-75=292) Playoff Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
5 31 Aug 2008 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −9 (68-69-70=207) 2 strokes Spain Juan Quirós

European Seniors Tour playoff record (2–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2006 Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship Adan Sowa Won with par on third extra hole
2 2008 The De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship Gordon Brand, Jnr Won with par on seventh extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship CUT DNP T19 CUT CUT CUT T25 2 T40 T36 CUT

Note: Brand never played in the Masters Tournament nor the PGA Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Senior majors results[edit]

Results are not in chronological order before 2016.

Tournament 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Senior PGA Championship DNP CUT T77 CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Senior British Open Championship T10 T10 CUT T26 T50 69 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Senior Open DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Note: Brand has not played in The Tradition nor the Senior Players Championship.

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Team appearances[edit]

External links[edit]