|— Golfer —|
|Full name||Herbert Gustavus Max Faulkner|
29 July 1916|
|Died||26 February 2005(aged 88)|
|Best results in major championships
|The Open Championship||Won: 1951|
|Achievements and awards|
|Officer of the Order
of the British Empire
Faulkner was born in Bexhill-on-Sea, the son of a club professional who had once been assistant to James Braid. During World War II he served in the RAF as a Physical Training (PT) instructor. He hardly played any golf during this time, but took up boxing instead, becoming services champion.
Faulkner's tournament career began in 1946, shortly after the war. He won 16 regular tournaments in Europe, including three Spanish Opens, with his last being the 1968 Portuguese Open at the age of 52. He also won the PGA Seniors Championship on two occasions. His greatest achievement was his victory in the 1951 Open Championship at Royal Portrush. With a round still to be played he had a 6-stroke lead and is reported to have signed autographs with the postscript "1951 Open Champion". Helped by what he called a "mystery guiding light", he went on to finish with a score of 3 under par, two ahead of Antonio Cerdá, and said later "It was all I ever wanted. The Open meant everything to me."
Faulkner was believed to have over 300 putters, always searching for the perfect one. He very rarely used a conventional set of clubs, sometimes having several of the same club with a variety of shaft lengths and flexes. He was known for his shotmaking ability, being able to make the ball curve in the air even on short lofted shots.
this list is incomplete
- 1946 Dunlop-Southport Tournament
- 1949 Penfold Tournament (with John Burton), Dunlop Tournament, Lotus Tournament
- 1951 The Open Championship, British Masters
- 1952 Spanish Open, Dunlop Tournament
- 1953 Spanish Open, News of the World Match Play
- 1957 Spanish Open
- 1959 Irish Hospitals Tournament
- 1962 Woodlawn Tournament (Germany)
- 1968 Portuguese Open
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1951||The Open Championship||6 shot lead||−3 (71-70-70-74=285)||2 strokes||Antonio Cerdá|
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10
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