Ken Brown (golfer)

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Ken Brown
2010 Women's British Open – Ken Brown (golfer) (1).jpg
Brown at the 2010 Women's British Open
Personal information
Full name Kenneth John Brown
Born (1957-01-09) 9 January 1957 (age 61)
Harpenden, Herts, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality  Scotland
Turned professional 1974
Retired 1992
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 4
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T36: 1988
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T6: 1980
PGA Championship T24: 1987

Kenneth John Brown (born 9 January 1957) is a Scottish former European Tour golfer, who now works as a golf broadcaster and writer, primarily for the BBC, Golf Channel, and Super Sport. He started his TV work with Sky Sports, working on their PGA Tour and European Tour coverage in the early 1990s.

He won four times on the European Tour and, in his best season, in 1978, he finished fourth on the European Tour Order of Merit at the age of 21. The last of his four top-10 finishes on the Order of Merit came when he was 26. He appeared in the Ryder Cup in 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1987, and had a 4-9-0 win-loss-tie record, including two wins and two losses in singles matches. Brown was vice-captain under Mark James in the 1999 matches.

After retiring from playing, Brown has spent much of his time as a TV golf commentator and analyst, for the BBC and Fox Sports.[1] He also works as part of the commentary team for the international coverage of the European Tour on selected events which are not covered by the BBC.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 4 Oct 1987 Southern Open −14 (65-64-69-68=266) 7 strokes South Africa David Frost, United States Mike Hulbert,
United States Larry Mize

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 27 Aug 1978 Carroll's Irish Open −7 (70-71-70-70=281) 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros, Republic of Ireland John O'Leary
2 7 Aug 1983 KLM Dutch Open −14 (66-73-66-69=274) 1 stroke Spain José Maria Cañizares, Australia Vaughan Somers
3 1 Jul 1984 Glasgow Open −14 (63-65-67-71=266) 11 strokes Scotland Sam Torrance
4 2 Jun 1985 Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity −3 (71-68-69-69=277) 1 stroke Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr

European Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1983 Italian Open Spain Seve Ballesteros, West Germany Bernhard Langer Langer won with birdie on second extra hole
Ballesteros eliminated by par on first hole
2 1986 Panasonic European Open Australia Greg Norman Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament T36
The Open Championship CUT T34 T34 T19 T6 T44 19 CUT T14 CUT CUT T17 T38 CUT
PGA Championship 70 T24 CUT

Note: Brown never played in the U.S. Open.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]


  1. ^ "Check into Ken Brown's swing clinic". Retrieved 15 July 2013. 

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