Ross McGowan

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Ross McGowan
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Personal information
Full nameRoss Ian Thomas McGowan
Born (1982-04-23) 23 April 1982 (age 37)
Basildon, Essex, England
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight190 lb (86 kg; 14 st)
Nationality England
Career
CollegeUniversity of Tennessee
Turned professional2006
Current tour(s)European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Former tour(s)Challenge Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Sunshine Tour1
Challenge Tour3
Other2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
U.S. OpenT40: 2010
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 2010
PGA Championship70th: 2010

Ross Ian Thomas McGowan (born 23 April 1982) is an English professional golfer. He won the 2009 Madrid Masters on the European Tour.

Early life and amateur career[edit]

McGowan was born in Basildon, Essex, and grew up in Banstead, Surrey and educated at Epsom College. With the assistance of College Prospects of America, he went to university in the United States and played collegiate golf at the University of Tennessee. McGowan won the 2006 English Amateur, where he defeated Oliver Fisher in the final by the score of 5&4. Shortly after that he turned professional.[1]

Professional career[edit]

McGowan led the 2007 Challenge Tour Rankings going into the Apulia San Domenico Grand Final, thanks to two wins and three runner-up finishes during the year. Having finished in a tie for 28th place in the final event of the season, he dropped to second place on the money list, as Michael Lorenzo-Vera won the tournament and jumped to the top of the Challenge Tour's money list.

Courtesy of his final Challenge Tour Rankings position in 2007, McGowan graduated to the European Tour for the 2008 season.[1] He moved into the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings in January of that year, and in June played in his first major championship, the U.S. Open at Torrey Pines. He made the halfway cut and eventually finished in 77th place.

McGowan won his first European Tour event in 2009 at the Madrid Masters, most notably for shooting 12 under par 60 in the third round. He finished at −25, winning by three strokes over Mikko Ilonen.[2] McGowan finished second at the inaugural Dubai World Championship, and was ranked 12th in the Race to Dubai.

Following this McGowan suffered injuries and his form slumped. He lost his full playing rights at the end of the 2011 season. From 2012 to 2015 he played on the Challenge Tour and the Sunshine Tour. He showed a return to form in 2015, winning for the first time on the Sunshine Tour in April at the Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open, finishing two strokes ahead South African golfer Danie van Tonder.[3] In May he was runner-up in the D+D Real Czech Challenge, a stroke behind Jens Fahrbring. At the end of the year he finished tied for 4th in the 2015 European Tour Qualifying School final stage at PGA Catalunya Resort to regain his European Tour card for 2016.

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (7)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 11 Oct 2009 Madrid Masters −25 (66-66-60-71=263) 3 strokes Finland Mikko Ilonen

Challenge Tour wins (3)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 3 Jun 2007 Oceânico Developments Pro-Am Challenge −15 (66-63-69-67=265) Playoff France Michael Lorenzo-Vera
2 1 Jul 2007 Estoril Challenge de Portugal −12 (68-68-70-66=272) 3 strokes Wales Stuart Manley
3 26 May 2019 D+D Real Czech Challenge −18 (66-66-66-68=266) 4 strokes Portugal Ricardo Santos

Sunshine Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 26 Apr 2015 Mopani/Redpath Zambia Open −13 (68-69-71-67=275) 2 strokes South Africa Danie van Tonder

MENA Golf Tour wins (2)[edit]

  • 2012 Abu Dhabi Golf Citizen Open
  • 2015 Royal Golf Dar es Salaam Open

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2008 2009 2010
U.S. Open 77 T40
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship 70

Note: McGowan never played in the Masters Tournament.

  Did not play

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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dixon, Peter (3 April 2009). "Ross McGowan all smiles after opening-round 64". The Times. London. Retrieved 7 July 2009.
  2. ^ "McGowan holds on for maiden title". BBC Sport. 11 October 2009. Retrieved 12 October 2009.
  3. ^ "Ross marches in to Zambia victory". Sunshine Tour. 26 April 2015. Retrieved 17 September 2015.

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