Michael Clayton (golfer)

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Michael Clayton
Senior Open 2010 Mike Clayton.JPG
Personal information
Full name Michael Andrew Clayton
Born (1957-05-30) 30 May 1957 (age 60)
Melbourne, Australia
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Melbourne, Australia
Turned professional 1981
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 9
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
PGA Tour of Australasia 7
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T46: 1986
PGA Championship DNP

Michael Andrew Clayton (born 30 May 1957) is an Australian professional golfer. He played on the PGA Tour of Australasia from 1981 until he turned 50 in 2007. He found success there, winning seven times between 1982 and 1994.

Clayton was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He had a very successful amateur career which included the 1978 Australian Amateur, and the Victorian Amateur in 1977 and 1981. He turned professional in 1981, the same year he joined the Australian Tour. He won his first tour event one year later and would win six more times between then and 1994.

Clayton played on the European Tour from 1982 to 2000, winning the 1984 Timex Open. He also won the 1984 Kolon Korean Open. His best finish on the Australian Order of Merit was 4th in 1994. He would never lose his playing status until he became eligible for the Australian Senior's Tour.

He is most known from his "Infamous Putt" which resulted in a one stroke penalty. As the putt was traveling towards the hole, Clayton twirled his putter in the air, but it slipped. He dove toward the putter and knocked it into the ball. The ball then hit Clayton as he was lying on the green.[1]

Clayton also plays on the European Seniors Tour. He was runner-up in the 2009 Jersey Seniors Classic, losing at the third playoff hole to Delroy Cambridge.

Clayton is now a golf course architect, partnering with 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy to create the firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead Golf Course Design. Clayton designed or was involved in the design of Barnbougle Dunes in Bridport, Tasmania and the Ranfurlie course at Amstel Golf Club.

Amateur wins (6)[edit]

Professional wins (9)[edit]

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (7)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 17 Jun 1984 Timex Open −16 (67-65-61-67=260) 3 strokes United States Peter Teravainen, Scotland Sam Torrance

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1990 Wang Four Stars Australia Rodger Davis, United States Bill Malley,
Zimbabwe Mark McNulty
Davis won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par on first hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
The Open Championship CUT CUT T46 DNP DNP CUT T57 DNP T59 CUT CUT CUT

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Clayton played in.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

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