Noel Ratcliffe

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Noel Ratcliffe
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At the Dutch Senior Open, 2010
Personal information
Full name Noel Anthony Ratcliffe
Born (1945-01-17) 17 January 1945 (age 72)
Sydney, Australia
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality  Australia
Residence Sydney, Australia
Turned professional 1974
Current tour(s) European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins 16
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 2
European Senior Tour 8
Other 3 (regular)
3 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T38: 1988
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
European Seniors Tour
Order of Merit winner

Noel Anthony Ratcliffe (born 17 January 1945) is an Australian professional golfer.

Ratcliffe turned to golf exceptionally late for a future professional, and didn't own a set of clubs until he was twenty-one. He studied pharmacy and worked for an insurance company and in public service before turning professional in 1974. Like many Australian golfers of his era, he divided his time between the PGA Tour of Australia and the European Tour. In his regular career he won three titles in Australasia and two in Europe, where his best year was 1978 when he finished 11th on the Order of Merit.

Since turning fifty he has been successful on the European Seniors Tour, where he topped the Order of Merit in 2000, made the top five on four other occasions, and won eight tournaments. He was the second man to win over one million Euro on the tour.

Professional wins[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 Jun 1978 Belgian Open −12 (72-70-72-66=280) 1 stroke Australia Chris Tickner
2 16 Aug 1987 Benson & Hedges International Open −13 (69-70-70-66=275) 2 strokes Sweden Ove Sellberg

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1978 Benson & Hedges International Open England Neil Coles, United States Lee Trevino Trevino won with par on fourth extra hole
Ratcliffe eliminated by par on first hole

Australasian wins (3)[edit]

  • 1974 Australian PGA Assistants Championship
  • 1976 Huon Open (Papua New Guinea)
  • 1977 South Australian Open

European Seniors Tour wins (8)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 28 Jun 1997 Manadens Affarer Seniors Open −9 (69-67-68=204) 7 strokes England Steve Wild
2 13 Jul 1997 Senior German Open −12 (66-69-69=204) 2 strokes England David Creamer
3 3 Sep 2000 The Scotsman Scottish Seniors Open −11 (68-72-65=205) 1 stroke Australia Trevor Downing
4 24 Sep 2000 TEMES Seniors Open −5 (71-69-71=211) 2 strokes England Maurice Bembridge, Republic of Ireland Denis O'Sullivan
5 5 May 2001 Beko Classic −7 (69-73-67=209) 1 stroke Australia Terry Gale
6 5 Aug 2001 De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic −11 (67-71-67=205) 1 stroke United States Jerry Bruner, New Zealand Simon Owen
7 18 May 2003 AIB Irish Seniors Open −5 (69-69-73=211) 1 stroke Jamaica Delroy Cambridge, Scotland Martin Gray,
United States Bob Lendzion
8 5 Jun 2005 AIB Irish Seniors Open −6 (71-68-71=210) 2 strokes Argentina Luis Carbonetti

Other senior wins (3)[edit]

  • 1995 Australian Senior Open
  • 2001 Australian PGA Seniors Championship
  • 2008 Polygiene Australian PGA Seniors Championship

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
The Open Championship CUT T41 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP T38

Note: The Open Championship was the only major Ratcliffe played.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1978, 1981)
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Team appearances[edit]



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