Simon Hobday

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Simon Hobday
Personal information
Full nameSimon Forbes Newbold Hobday
Born(1940-06-23)23 June 1940
Mafikeng, South Africa
Died2 March 2017(2017-03-02) (aged 76)
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg; 12 st)
Sporting nationality South Africa
Turned professional1969
Former tour(s)Sunshine Tour
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins17
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Sunshine Tour6
PGA Tour Champions5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 1995
The Open ChampionshipT19: 1983

Simon Forbes Newbold Hobday (23 June 1940 – 2 March 2017)[2][3] was a South African professional golfer who won tournaments on three continents.

Amateur career[edit]

Hobday was born in Mafikeng. He lived part of his life in Zambia and represented the country in the 1966 Eisenhower Trophy.[4] In early 1969 he was still was an amateur golfer and still represented Zambia. At the time, he worked as a car salesman in Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.[5]

In April 1969, while still an amateur, Hobday played the Kenya Open. In the final round he broke the course record at the Muthaiga Golf Course with a 66 (−6) to leap into second place. At 284 (−4) he finished joint runner-up with Scotland's Bernard Gallacher, five behind champion Maurice Bembridge. He defeated several notable professionals including Christy O'Connor Snr and Australia's Bob Tuohy.[5]

Professional career[edit]

Hobday turned professional in 1969. He spent his regular career mainly on the Southern Africa Tour, where he won six times and the European Tour, where he won the 1976 German Open and the 1979 Madrid Open. As a senior, he played mainly in the United States on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour), where he claimed five titles between 1993 and 1995 including one senior major, the 1994 U.S. Senior Open.

Hobday also lived in Rhodesia.[6]

Professional wins (17)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 15 Aug 1976 German Open −18 (67-68-65-66=266) 1 stroke Spain Antonio Garrido
2 29 Apr 1979 Madrid Open −3 (67-73-71-74=285) 2 strokes Spain Francisco Abreu, England Gordon J. Brand,
South Africa Tienie Britz

Sunshine Tour wins (6)[edit]

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

Senior major championships (1)
Other Senior PGA Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 4 Jul 1993 Kroger Senior Classic −11 (67-69-66=202) 1 stroke United States Gibby Gilbert, United States Mike Hill,
United States Bob Reith
2 12 Dec 1993 Hyatt Senior Tour Championship −17 (64-68-67=199) 2 strokes United States Raymond Floyd, United States Larry Gilbert
3 3 Jul 1994 U.S. Senior Open −10 (66-67-66-75=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Albus, Australia Graham Marsh
4 4 Sep 1994 GTE Northwest Classic −7 (70-69-70=209) Playoff United States Jim Albus
5 17 Sep 1995 Brickyard Crossing Championship −12 (71-65-68=204) 1 stroke Japan Isao Aoki, United States Hale Irwin,
United States Bob Murphy, United States Lee Trevino

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1994 GTE Northwest Classic United States Jim Albus Won with birdie on third extra hole

Other senior wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
1994 U.S. Senior Open −10 (66-67-66-75=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Albus, Australia Graham Marsh

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
U.S. Open
The Open Championship WD T28 T21 CUT T52 T30
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T51 T19 CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship

Note: Hobday never played in the Masters Tournament or PGA Championship.

  Did not play

WD = withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1977 and 1984 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  1. ^ Green Sr., Ron (25 July 2011). "'Scruffy' Hobday went with the flow, pleasing fans, sportswriters". News Observer. Retrieved 23 July 2014.
  2. ^ "Simon Hobday". Who's Who South Africa. Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Simon Hobday, former US Senior Open champion, passes away aged 76". Sky Sports. 2 March 2017.
  4. ^ "World Amateur Team Championship Record Books – Eisenhower Trophy – Championship Results – 1966". Retrieved 25 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Bembridge Keeps Kenya Open Golf Title". The Canberra Times. 15 April 1969. p. 23. Retrieved 28 February 2021.
  6. ^ "Rhodesian Sport Profiles: Simon Hobday". Retrieved 25 January 2013.

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