Martini International

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Martini International
Tournament information
Location United Kingdom
Established 1961
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Final year 1983
Final champion
Nick Faldo

The Martini International was a men's professional golf tournament that was held from 1961 to 1983. It was hosted by several different golf clubs in England, Scotland and Wales. It was part of the European Tour's schedule from the tour's first official season in 1972 until the event ceased. The winners included the major champions Peter Thomson, Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Seve Ballesteros. In 1983 the prize fund was £80,308, which was mid-range for a European Tour event at the time. The tournament was sponsored by Martini & Rossi.

The 1971 Martini International saw a rare event, when John Hudson scored two successive holes-in-one during his second round at the Royal Norwich Golf Club. Hudson had taken 6 at the par-4 10th hole and then holed out at the 11th and 12th holes. He holed a 4-iron at the 195-yard 11th and then, using a driver, holed out at the downhill 311-yard 12th, making a rare par-4 albatross. Hudson scored 72 for his round, level par, to add to his first round 72.[1][2] He finished on 287, 5 strokes behind the winner, in a tie for 9th place.[3]

Winners[edit]

Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
Ref
1983 Nick Faldo  England Wilmslow Golf Club 268 (−12) Playoff Spain José Maria Cañizares 13,330 [4]
1982 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland Lindrick Golf Club 277 (−7) 3 strokes Spain José Maria Cañizares
England Nick Faldo
11,000 [5]
1981 Greg Norman  Australia Wentworth Club 287 (−1) 1 stroke West Germany Bernhard Langer 11,000 [6]
1980 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Wentworth Club 286 (−2) 1 stroke Scotland Brian Barnes 9,000 [7]
1979 Greg Norman  Australia Wentworth Club 288 (E) 1 stroke Spain Antonio Garrido
England John Morgan
7,000 [8]
1978 Seve Ballesteros  Spain Woodcote Park Golf Club 270 (−14) 5 strokes England Nick Faldo 6,000 [9]
1977 Greg Norman  Australia Blairgowrie Golf Club 277 (−11) 3 strokes South Africa Simon Hobday 3,000 [10]
1976 Sam Torrance  Scotland Ashburnham Golf Club 280 (−8) 2 strokes England Tommy Horton 2,500 [11]
1975 Christy O'Connor Jnr
Ian Stanley
 Ireland
 Australia
Royal North Devon Golf Club 279 (−5) Tie Shared 2,250
and 1,500
[12]
1974 Stewart Ginn  Australia Pannal Golf Club 286 (−2) 1 stroke Wales Brian Huggett 2,250 [13]
1973 Maurice Bembridge  England Barnton, Edinburgh 279 (−9) 1 stroke Wales Dai Rees
England Peter Wilcock
2,000 [14]
1972 Brian Barnes  Scotland Abridge Golf Club 277 (−7) 1 stroke Australia Jack Newton 1,500 [15]
1971 Bernard Gallacher  Scotland Royal Norwich Golf Club 282 (−6) 1 stroke Australia Kel Nagle 1,250 [3]
1970 Doug Sewell
Peter Thomson
 England
 Australia
Conwy Golf Club 268 (−16) Tie 1,250 [16]
1969 Alex Caygill
Graham Henning
 England
 South Africa
Queens Park Golf Club 282 (−6) Tie Shared 1,250
and 900
[17]
1968 Brian Huggett  Wales Southerndown Golf Club 278 2 strokes England Tommy Horton 1,250 [18]
1967 Malcolm Gregson
Brian Huggett
 England
 Wales
Fulford Golf Club 279 (−9) Tie [19]
1966 Peter Alliss
Bill Large
 England
 England
Long Ashton Golf Club 275 (−9) Tie Shared 1,000
and 750
[20]
1965 Peter Butler  England Long Ashton Golf Club 275 (−13) 4 strokes France Jean Garaïalde
England Bernard Hunt
1,000 [21]
1964 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Wentworth Club 286 6 strokes England Lionel Platts 1,000 [22]
1963 Neil Coles
Christy O'Connor Snr
 England
 Ireland
Royal Liverpool Golf Club 298 Tie Shared 1,000
and 750
[23]
1962 Peter Thomson  Australia Old Course at St Andrews 275 4 strokes Scotland Eric Brown 1,000 [24]
1961 Bernard Hunt  England Sundridge Park Golf Club 270 Playoff Scotland George Low 1,000 [25]

In 1983 Faldo beat Cañizares at the third extra hole with a par 4. In 1961 there was a 5-hole playoff with Hunt scoring 16 to Low's 20.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Two ones in succession". The Glasgow Herald. 12 June 1971. p. 4. 
  2. ^ "Bernard Hunt leads Martini qualifiers by three shots". The Glasgow Herald. 12 June 1971. p. 4. 
  3. ^ a b "Eric Brown's advice to Gallacher pays off in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 14 June 1971. p. 5. 
  4. ^ "Faldo again beat Canizares in play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 16 May 1983. p. 18. 
  5. ^ "Gallacher consistency refuses to be shaken". The Glasgow Herald. 17 May 1982. p. 16. 
  6. ^ "Norman's finishing power gives him third Martini win". The Glasgow Herald. 18 May 1981. p. 16. 
  7. ^ "Sevvy's Martini is stirring stuff". The Glasgow Herald. 19 May 1980. p. 20. 
  8. ^ "Another Norman quest". The Glasgow Herald. 29 May 1979. p. 28. 
  9. ^ "Severiano shows field a clean pair of heels". The Glasgow Herald. 22 May 1978. p. 19. 
  10. ^ "Norman: a new - and rare - golfing talent". The Glasgow Herald. 13 June 1977. p. 17. 
  11. ^ "Now Torrance plans to take a 'breather'". The Glasgow Herald. 14 June 1976. p. 15. 
  12. ^ "Two stroke it rich in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1975. p. 17. 
  13. ^ "Ginn and Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 10 June 1974. p. 4. 
  14. ^ "Sweet Martini for Maurice Bembridge". The Glasgow Herald. 11 June 1973. p. 4. 
  15. ^ "Two birdies clinch success for Barnes". The Times. 12 June 1972. p. 9. 
  16. ^ "Sewell matches Thomson". The Glasgow Herald. 15 June 1970. p. 5. 
  17. ^ "Caygill and Henning tie in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1969. p. 5. 
  18. ^ "Third win of year for Huggett". The Glasgow Herald. 17 June 1968. p. 4. 
  19. ^ "Gregson and Huggett tie for top place in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1967. p. 4. 
  20. ^ "Large and Alliss tie in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 23 May 1966. p. 11. 
  21. ^ "Butler's four-shot win in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 24 May 1965. p. 5. 
  22. ^ "Splendid putting by O'Connor". The Glasgow Herald. 4 May 1964. p. 4. 
  23. ^ "O'Connor and Coles joint winners". The Glasgow Herald. 6 May 1963. p. 5. 
  24. ^ "Thomson's record aggregate". The Glasgow Herald. 7 May 1962. p. 4. 
  25. ^ "Hunt's fine form in play-off". The Glasgow Herald. 8 May 1961. p. 11. 

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