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 nameKenneth John Brown
Born (1957-01-09) 9 January 1957 (age 62)
Harpenden, Herts, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality Scotland
Career
Turned professional1974
Retired1992
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
European Tour4
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT36: 1988
PGA ChampionshipT24: 1987
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1980

Kenneth John Brown MBE (born 9 January 1957) is a former Scottish golfer, who now works as a golf broadcaster and writer. He won the 1987 Southern Open on the PGA Tour and won four times on the European Tour. He played in five Ryder Cup matches between 1977 and 1987.

Amateur career[edit]

Brown had a brief period as an amateur. In 1974 he won the Carris Trophy, the English Boys Amateur Stroke-Play Championship at Moor Park. Despite a last round 81 he finished two strokes ahead of Paul Downes and Sandy Lyle.[1] Later in 1974 he represented England boys in their international against Scotland, an England team that also included Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle.[2] After leaving school, Brown had been a greenkeeper at his home club of Harpenden Common before becoming an assistant professional at Verulam Golf Club in late 1974.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Brown played on the European Tour from 1976 to 1992. He won four times on the tour between 1978 and 1985. His first win was in the 1978 Carroll's Irish Open where he finished a stroke ahead of Seve Ballesteros and John O'Leary. He had further wins in the 1983 KLM Dutch Open, the 1984 Glasgow Open and the 1985 Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity. He often performed well in the British PGA Championship, finishing runner-up or joint runner-up four times between 1978 and 1983, three times behind Nick Faldo and then behind Seve Ballesteros. Brown finished in the top-10 of European Tour Order of Merit in 1978, 1979, 1980 and 1983. His best season was 1978 when he finished fourth in the Order of Merit.

Brown gained his PGA Tour card in late 1983,[4] and played mainly on the PGA Tour from 1984 to early 1989, winning the Southern Open in 1987. Brown struggled in the early part of his first season, 1984, but from August he made the cut in his last 10 tournaments. Despite this he was 151st in the money list coming into the final event of the year, the Pensacola Open, and unlikely to retain his card by finishing in the top 125. Leading after three rounds, he eventually finished joint runner-up, lifting him to 112th in the money list.[5] 1987 was his best season on the tour with six top-10 finishes. Brown had a poor start to the 1989 PGA Tour season and played the remainder of the season in Europe, losing his PGA Tour card. He continued to play on the European Tour but had relatively little success and retired in 1992.

Brown played in five Ryder Cup matches, in 1977, 1979, 1983, 1985, and 1987. He had a 4-9-0 win-loss-tie record, including two wins and two losses in singles matches. He was vice-captain under Mark James in the 1999 matches. In 1977 Brown switched his allegiance from England to Scotland and later represented Scotland in a number of team competitions, including the World Cup on four occasions. Playing with Sandy Lyle they finished second in the 1979 World Cup. Brown played in the Open Championship 14 times. His best performance was in the 1980 Open at Muirfield where he was tied for second place after three rounds but a final round of 76 left him in a tie for sixth place.

Broadcasting[edit]

After retiring from playing, Brown has spent much of his time as a TV golf commentator and analyst, for the BBC and Fox Sports.[6] He also worked as part of the commentary team for the international coverage of the European Tour on selected events. He started his TV work with Sky Sports, working on their PGA Tour and European Tour coverage in the early 1990s.

Awards[edit]

Brown was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to sport and to broadcasting.[7]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 1974 English Boys Amateur Stroke-Play Championship (Carris Trophy)

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
victory
Runner(s)-up
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]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up Ref
1 13 Mar 1983 Benson & Hedges Kenya Open −10 (69-71-68-66=274) 1 stroke England Jeff Hall [8]

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ken Brown holds on for victory". The Glasgow Herald. 5 April 1974. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Scottish boys are routed". The Glasgow Herald. 19 August 1974. p. 5.
  3. ^ Tappin, Neil (7 April 2018). "Who is Ken Brown?". Golf Monthly.
  4. ^ "Brown wins US Tour card". The Glasgow Herald. 23 November 1983. p. 23.
  5. ^ "Brown books his place on US tour despite defeat". The Glasgow Herald. 29 October 1984. p. 15.
  6. ^ "Check into Ken Brown's swing clinic". Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  7. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B16.
  8. ^ "Surprise win for Brown". The Glasgow Herald. 14 March 1983. p. 18.

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