Simon Hobday

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Simon Hobday
Personal information
Full nameSimon Forbes Newbold Hobday
NicknameScruffy[1]
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)
Nationality South Africa
Career
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
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
U.S. OpenCUT: 1995
The Open ChampionshipT19: 1983
PGA ChampionshipDNP

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

Hobday was born in Mafikeng. He lived part of his life in Zambia and represented the country in the 1966 Eisenhower Trophy.[4] He also lived in Rhodesia.[5]

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.

Professional wins (17)[edit]

Southern Africa Tour wins (6)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
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

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
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

Senior major championship is shown in bold.

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]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[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. ^ "Rhodesian Sport Profiles: Simon Hobday". Retrieved 25 January 2013.

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