Ronan Rafferty

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Ronan Rafferty
Personal information
Full nameRonan Patrick Rafferty
Born (1964-01-13) 13 January 1964 (age 55)
Newry, County Down, Northern Ireland
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight189 lb (86 kg; 13.5 st)
Nationality Northern Ireland
ResidenceGleneagles, Scotland, UK
SpouseYvonne Rafferty
ChildrenJonathan, Emma
Career
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins14
Number of wins by tour
European Tour7
PGA Tour of Australasia5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT14: 1990
U.S. Open63rd: 1990
The Open ChampionshipT9: 1984
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1990
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner
1989

Ronan Patrick Rafferty (born 13 January 1964) is a Northern Irish professional golfer, who formerly played on the European Tour.

Rafferty was born in Newry, Northern Ireland. He won the Boys Amateur Championship aged fifteen and played in the 1981 Walker Cup aged seventeen. He tied for first place with Peter McEvoy in the 1980 English Open Amateur Stroke Play Championship for the Brabazon Trophy.[citation needed]

The most notable achievement of Rafferty's professional career came in 1989, when he finished top of the European Tour Order of Merit. He came close to breaking the then record for consecutive cuts made on the European Tour in the early 1990s, before struggling for form amid injuries later in the decade. He failed to finish inside the top 100 on the Order of Merit between 1998 and 2004. In total he has seven wins on the tour, all of which came between 1989 and 1993. Rafferty now plays few tournaments, and is involved in broadcasting, where he works as a commentator and analyst, and golf course design. He regularly appeared on Setanta Golf's coverage of the PGA Tour.[citation needed]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (14)[edit]

European Tour wins (7)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 21 May 1989 Lancia Italian Open −15 (71-69-68-65=273) 1 stroke Scotland Sam Torrance
2 6 Aug 1989 Scandinavian Enterprise Open −20 (70-69-64-65=268) 2 strokes United States Michael Allen
3 29 Oct 1989 Volvo Masters −6 (72-69-70-71=282) 1 stroke England Nick Faldo
4 5 Aug 1990 PLM Open −18 (64-67-70-69=270) 4 strokes Fiji Vijay Singh
5 2 Sep 1990 Ebel European Masters Swiss Open −21 (70-65-66-66=267) 2 strokes South Africa John Bland
6 22 Mar 1992 Portuguese Open −15 (67-71-67-68=273) 1 stroke Sweden Anders Forsbrand
7 15 Aug 1993 Hohe Brucke Austrian Open −14 (65-69-72-68=274) Playoff Denmark Anders Sørensen

European Tour playoff record (1–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1986 Italian Open Northern Ireland David Feherty Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 1989 KLM Dutch Open England Roger Chapman, Spain José María Olazábal Olazábal won with double-bogey on ninth extra hole
Chapman eliminated by par on first hole
3 1990 Atlantic Open England Richard Boxall, Northern Ireland Stephen Hamill,
Scotland Stephen McAllister, Denmark Anders Sørensen,
England David Williams
McAllister won with par on first extra hole
4 1992 Dubai Desert Classic Spain Seve Ballesteros Lost to birdie on second extra hole
5 1993 Hohe Brucke Austrian Open Denmark Anders Sørensen Won with par on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (5)[edit]

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Masters Tournament T14 CUT
U.S. Open 63 CUT
The Open Championship CUT 61 T9 T44 T21 CUT T38 T61 T31 T39 T11 CUT
PGA Championship CUT WD
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 3 12 9
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
Totals 0 0 0 0 1 4 18 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1988 Open Championship – 1990 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

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