Benson at the 2011 KLM Open
|Full name||Seve Benson|
4 November 1986 |
Guildford, Surrey, England
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Residence||Compton, Surrey, England|
|Current tour(s)||Challenge Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
Seve Benson (born 4 November 1986) is an English professional golfer.
Benson was born in Guildford, Surrey, and was named after European golfing legend Seve Ballesteros. As an amateur, he was a member of the English Golf Union's Elite A Squad, and won the Russian and Qatar amateur open championships. He went on to make the cut at each of those countries professional championships while still an amateur, finishing tied 58th in the Qatar Masters, and tied for 10th in the Russian Open.
Having turned professional towards the end of 2007, Benson attempted to win a place on the European Tour. He reached final stage of the qualifying school, but missed the 72 hole cut. However by getting through to the final stage, he had already done enough to enable him to play on the second tier Challenge Tour in 2008.
Benson claimed his first professional win in May 2008 at the opening event of the PGA EuroPro Tour season. Later the same month he won for the first time on the Challenge Tour, at the Piemonte Open, where he set a new course record in the 3rd round. He also won the Ypsilon Golf Challenge in August, where he triumphed in a playoff, and finished 6th on the end of season money list, to graduate to the European Tour for 2009.
He was the last golfer to retain his card at the end of the 2009 season, finishing 120th on the Race to Dubai. After suffering injury in 2010, he played 2011 on a medical exemption, but was unable to retain his card and returned to the Challenge Tour.
Amateur wins (3)
- 2006 Russian Amateur Open Championship, Tailhade Cup (Argentina)
- 2007 Qatar Amateur Open Championship
Professional wins (4)
Challenge Tour wins (3)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||17 May 2008||Piemonte Open||−19 (67-70-62-70=269)||3 strokes||Raphaël De Sousa|
|2||24 Aug 2008||Ypsilon Golf Challenge||−16 (67-66-65-70=268)||Playoff||Rafael Cabrera-Bello, Branden Grace|
|3||1 Apr 2012||Barclays Kenya Open||−10 (66-71-71-66=274)||Playoff||Lasse Jensen|
Other wins (1)
- 2008 Wensum Valley International Open (PGA EuroPro Tour)
- Dixon, Peter (6 October 2008). "Seve the second joins tour". The Times. London. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
- "Benson plays all four rounds of Qatar Masters". English Golf Union. 29 January 2007. Retrieved 17 April 2009.
- Meredith, Bill (14 November 2006). "English pair ready for Argentine mission". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 17 April 2009.