Bob Hope British Classic

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Bob Hope British Classic
Tournament information
Location Hertfordshire, England
Established 1980
Course(s) Royal Liverpool GC (1991)
Moor Park GC (1981–1990)
R.A.C. G&CC (1980)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Celebrity pro–am;
Stroke play
Final year 1991
Tournament record score
Aggregate 269 José Maria Cañizares (1980, 1983)
To par −19 José Maria Cañizares (1980, 1983)
Final champion
England Paul Broadhurst

The Bob Hope British Classic was the original and most often used name of a European Tour golf tournament which was played in England every year but one from 1980 to 1991. It had six different names in total. The English born American entertainer Bob Hope was one of the most prominent celebrity friends of golf, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. All of the tournaments except the first and the last were played at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, just to the north of London. The best known winner was the German future World Number 1 Bernhard Langer. In 1991 the prize fund was £252,370, which was below average for a European Tour event at that time.

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
European Pro-Celebrity
1991 Paul Broadhurst  England Royal Liverpool GC 272 −16 7 strokes Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty [1]
Wang Four Stars
1990 Rodger Davis (2)  Australia Moor Park GC 271 −17 Playoff Australia Michael Clayton
United States Bill Malley
Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
[2]
1989 Craig Parry  Australia Moor Park GC 273 −15 Playoff Wales Ian Woosnam [3]
Wang Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1988 Rodger Davis  Australia Moor Park GC 275 −1 1 stroke Spain José María Cañizares
Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
[4]
London Standard Four-Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1987 Mark McNulty  Zimbabwe Moor Park GC 273 −15 Playoff Scotland Sam Torrance [5]
1986 Antonio Garrido  Spain Moor Park GC 275 −13 1 stroke Spain José María Olazábal
Northern Ireland Ronan Rafferty
[6]
Four-Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1985 Ken Brown  Scotland Moor Park GC 277 −3 1 stroke Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr [7]
Bob Hope British Classic
1984 No tournament
1983 José María Cañizares (2)  Spain Moor Park GC 269 −19 1 stroke Northern Ireland David Feherty [8]
1982 Gordon Brand, Jnr  Scotland Moor Park GC 272 −16 3 strokes England Mark James [9]
1981 Bernhard Langer  West Germany Moor Park GC 200 −13 5 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis [10]
1980 José María Cañizares  Spain R.A.C. G&CC 269 −19 1 stroke Spain Seve Ballesteros
United States Lee Trevino
England Brian Waites
[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Broadhurst Coasts". Times-News (Hendersonville, North Carolina). 12 August 1991. p. 13. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  2. ^ "Davis wins in play-off". The Vindicator. Associated Press. 18 June 1990. p. 16. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  3. ^ "Parry the star with victory in play-off". Glasgow Herald. 12 June 1989. p. 22. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  4. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (13 June 1988). "Davis falters but just holds on". Glasgow Herald. p. 12. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  5. ^ "Miscellaneous". The News and Courier. 1 June 1987. p. 3C. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  6. ^ ""Too old" Garrido wins the biggest cheque of his life". Glasgow Herald. 2 June 1986. p. 10. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  7. ^ "Brown takes £21,000 despite late slump". Glasgow Herald. 1 June 1985. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  8. ^ "Canizares a winner at last". Glasgow Herald. 26 September 1983. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  9. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (27 September 1982). "Another classic win for rookie Brand". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  10. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (28 September 1981). "Langer calm on the road to victory". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 
  11. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (29 September 1980). "Canizares comes from 7 behind". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2011-02-02. 

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