Manuel Piñero

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Manuel Piñero
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Personal information
Full name Manuel Piñero Sanchez
Born (1952-09-01) 1 September 1952 (age 64)
Badajoz, Spain
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight 151 lb (68 kg; 10.8 st)
Nationality  Spain
Residence Málaga, Spain
Career
Turned professional 1968
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 12
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 9
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T6: 1981
PGA Championship CUT: 1986

Manuel Piñero Sanchez (born 1 September 1952) is a Spanish professional golfer.

Piñero was born in Badajoz. He turned professional in 1968 and established himself on the European Tour in the early 1970s. He won nine titles on the Tour, the most prestigious of them the 1977 British PGA Championship. He featured in the top ten on the European Tour Order of Merit five times, including back to back fourth places in 1976 and 1977.

Piñero played for Europe in two Ryder Cups. In 1981 he defeated Jerry Pate 2 & 1 in his singles match. In 1985 he claimed four points out of five for the team which captured the trophy from the United States for the first time since 1957, defeating Lanny Wadkins 3 & 1 in singles. He was also a member of Spain's two man team at the World Cup of Golf nine times, collecting the team title in 1976 and 1982. On the latter occasion he also won the individual title.

Since turning fifty in 2002 Piñero has played on the European Seniors Tour, but he has had little success at that level.

Professional wins (12)[edit]

European Tour wins (9)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 27 Apr 1974 Madrid Open −5 (73-71-69-70=283) Playoff Spain Valentín Barrios
2 25 Jul 1976 Swiss Open −6 (69-70-67-68=274) 3 strokes United States Dave Hill
3 28 May 1977 Penfold PGA Championship +3 (73-70-74-66=283) 3 strokes England Peter Oosterhuis
4 12 Jul 1980 Mazda Cars English Classic −2 (69-69-72-76=286) 1 stroke Scotland Sandy Lyle
5 26 Apr 1981 Madrid Open −9 (70-68-69-72=279) 5 strokes Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
6 30 Aug 1981 Swiss Open −11 (69-73-69-66=277) Playoff Spain Antonio Garrido, Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone
7 5 Sep 1982 European Open Championship −14 (68-68-67-63=266) 2 strokes Scotland Sam Torrance
8 28 Apr 1985 Cepsa Madrid Open −10 (67-71-67-73=278) Playoff Spain José Maria Cañizares
9 5 May 1985 Italian Open −21 (69-66-66-66=267) 1 stroke Scotland Sam Torrance

European Tour playoff record (3–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1974 Madrid Open Spain Valentín Barrios Won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1981 Swiss Open Spain Antonio Garrido, Zimbabwe Tony Johnstone Won with birdie on first extra hole
3 1985 Cepsa Madrid Open Spain José María Cañizares Won on fourth extra hole

Other wins (3)[edit]

  • 1972 Spanish PGA Championship
  • 1973 Spanish PGA Championship
  • 1982 World Cup (individual title)

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993
The Open Championship T36 CUT CUT T58 T6 T51 T45 T36 T25 T19 CUT 65 DNP DNP CUT DNP T51
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

Note: Piñero never played in the Masters Tournament nor the U.S. Open.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]

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