Peter Townsend (golfer)

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Peter Townsend
Personal information
Full namePeter Michael Paul Townsend
Born (1946-09-16) 16 September 1946 (age 72)
Cambridge, England
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Nationality England
ResidenceSt Albans, England
Turned professional1966
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
European Senior Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament42nd: 1969
U.S. OpenCUT: 1969
The Open ChampionshipT13: 1972, 1974
PGA ChampionshipDNP

Peter Michael Paul Townsend[1] (born 16 September 1946) is an English professional golfer.

Life and career[edit]

Townsend was born in Cambridge. Following a successful amateur career, during which he won both the Brabazon Trophy and Lytham Trophy, he turned professional at the end of 1966. He won a number of tournaments around the world during the 1960s and 1970s, including the Dutch Open in 1967, the British PGA Closed Championship in 1968, the Venezuela Open in 1969 and the Swiss Open in 1971.

After a promising start to his career, Townsend moved to the United States and qualified for the PGA Tour. He did not, however, enjoy the same degree of success, although he did have several top-10 finishes. Townsend returned to Europe, where he achieved top-5 status on the Order of Merit in both the 1971 and 1972 seasons.[2]

Townsend represented Great Britain twice in the Ryder Cup, in 1969 and 1971. After retiring from tournament golf, he worked as a club professional and was elected Captain of the Professional Golfers' Association in 1994.

Townsend is the father of sons Stuart, an actor, and Dylan, and daughter, Chloe, by his first wife, model Lorna Townsend (née Hogan). He and his Swedish wife, Sofia, have two children, Hugo and Ella.[3]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins[edit]

Regular career[edit]

European Seniors Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 16 Mar 2002 Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open −4 (71-71-70=212) 1 stroke Chile Guillermo Encina

Playoff record[edit]

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Lancia d'Oro Spain José María Cañizares Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982
Masters Tournament 42
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T23 CUT T16 T45 T40 T13 55 T13 T57 CUT CUT CUT T19 T54

Note: Townsend never played in the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1968 Open Championship)
"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]




  1. ^ "Peter Michael Paul Townsend". Companies House.
  2. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 302. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
  3. ^ Egan, Barry (14 February 2010). "Stuart finds his life goes on after Theron". Independent Woman. Retrieved 7 October 2013.

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