Rhys Davies (golfer)

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Rhys Davies
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Personal information
Full name Rhys Davies
Born (1985-05-28) 28 May 1985 (age 32)
Edinburgh, Scotland
Nationality  Wales
Residence Bridgend, Wales
College East Tennessee State University
Turned professional 2007
Current tour(s) Challenge Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Asian Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Challenge Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open T74: 2010
The Open Championship CUT: 2009, 2010, 2011
PGA Championship T62: 2010

Rhys Davies (born 28 May 1985) is a Welsh professional golfer.

Davies was born in Edinburgh, Scotland but has lived in Wales for the majority of his life. He played collegiate golf in the United States at East Tennessee State University where he won ten times and was a first team All-American in 2005, 2006, and 2007. He played on two Walker Cup teams (2005 and 2007), and was second in the World Amateur Golf Ranking (May 2007), before turning pro in September 2007.

Davies successfully came through the Asian Tour's qualifying school, allowing him to play on that tour for the 2008 season.

Davies won twice on the Challenge Tour in 2009 and finished fourth on the Challenge Tour Rankings to earn his European Tour card for 2010. He won his first European Tour title at the 2010 Trophée Hassan II.[1] At the 2010 Celtic Manor Wales Open, he shot a final round 62 to set the course record on his way to finishing as runner-up. This performance elevated Davies into the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time. He finished the season ranked 18th on the European Tour Order of Merit. After a poor 2012 season, Davies narrowly failed to maintain his full playing rights for the 2013 season.

In 2013 Davies was close to regaining full European Tour playing rights finishing 23rd on the Challenge Tour, however, 2014 was less successful when his final Challenge Tour ranking was 54th. Davies earned his first professional win in five years at the 2015 Turkish Airlines Challenge on the Challenge Tour, and followed this three months later with victory at the Challenge de Espana, when he opened with a first round 60. These successes helped Davies secure eighth position on the Challenge Tour order of merit, and full European Tour status.

Before deciding to make golf his career, Davies played cricket at junior level for both Glamorgan and Wales and was included in the England under-15 and under-17 squads, the latter included Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Alistair Cook and Samit Patel who would play Test cricket subsequently.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Mar 2010 Trophée Hassan II −25 (68-64-68-66=266) 2 strokes South Africa Louis Oosthuizen

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2011 Trophée Hassan II England David Horsey, South Africa Jaco van Zyl Horsey won with birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 26 Jul 2009 SWALEC Wales Challenge −2 (77-68-70-71=286) Playoff England James Morrison
2 6 Sep 2009 Fred Olsen Challenge de España −17 (65-70-65-67=267) 1 stroke Sweden Steven Jeppesen
3 10 May 2015 Turkish Airlines Challenge −14 (69-70-65-70=274) 4 strokes Italy Lorenzo Gagli
4 19 Jul 2015 Fred Olsen Challenge de España −22 (60-67-67-68=262) 2 strokes Australia Geoff Drakeford

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
U.S. Open CUT T74
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T62

Note: Davis never played in the Masters Tournament.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearances[edit]


  • Jacques Léglise Trophy (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 2002 (winners), 2003 (winners)
  • Eisenhower Trophy World Amateur Team Championship (representing Wales): 2004, 2006
  • Palmer Cup (representing Europe): 2004 (winners), 2005, 2006 (winners), 2007
  • Walker Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 2005, 2007
  • St Andrews Trophy (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 2006 (winners)
  • Wales Boys: 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003
  • Wales Youths: 2003, 2004, 2006
  • Wales Men: 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Welshman Rhys Davies records maiden Tour win in Morocco". BBC Sport. 2010-03-21. Retrieved 2010-03-22. 

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