Simon Wakefield

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Simon Wakefield
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Wakefield at the KLM Dutch Open in 2009
Personal information
Full name Simon Wakefield
Born (1974-04-14) 14 April 1974 (age 43)
Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Nationality  England
Residence Newcastle-under-Lyme, England
Career
Turned professional 1997
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 2
Number of wins by tour
Sunshine Tour 1
Challenge Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T19: 2008
PGA Championship DNP
Wakefield at the Austrian Open in 2008, next to Jeev Milkha Singh

Simon Wakefield (born 14 April 1974) is an English professional golfer.

Biography[edit]

Wakefield was born in Newcastle-under-Lyme, Staffordshire and is the nephew of former England cricketer Bob Taylor.[1] He won the 1996 Tillman Trophy in addition to several county amateur championships before turning professional in 1997.

Early in his career, Wakefield played predominantly on the second tier Challenge Tour before winning a place on the European Tour via qualifying school at the end of 1999. He failed to reatin his tour card during his rookie season and dropped back to the Challenge Tour for 2001. He won his first professional tournament in 2002 at the Tessali Open del Sud, and went on to finish 9th on the Challenge Tour Rankings to graduate back to the European Tour for 2003.

Wakefield finished the 2003 European Tour season inside the top 100 on the Order of Merit to retain his card, but was back at the tour school at the end of 2004 having just missed out on keeping his place via the money list. He won his card back, and has secured his place on the European Tour since then with solid performances, although he has yet to win a tournament at the highest level. In 2005, he won his second professional title, the Dimension Data Pro-Am in South Africa.[2]

Amateur wins[edit]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 28 Apr 2002 Tessali Open del Sud −10 (67–70–71–66=274) 1 stroke England Andrew Raitt

Sunshine Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 30 Jan 2005 Dimension Data Pro-Am −9 (72–70–68–69=279) Playoff South Africa Nic Henning

Playoff record[edit]

European Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2007 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Scotland Marc Warren Lost to birdie on second extra hole
2 2011 Austrian Golf Open England Kenneth Ferrie Lost to birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
The Masters DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT DNP T48 DNP T19
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Glover, Tim (20 July 2008). "Wakefield puts wind up rivals to make name for himself". The Independent. London. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 
  2. ^ "Wakefield's 70 puts unlikely Englishman in forefront at British Open". ESPN. 19 July 2008. Retrieved 2009-08-16. 

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