Tony Johnstone

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Tony Johnstone
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Personal information
Full name Anthony Alastair Johnstone
Born (1956-05-02) 2 May 1956 (age 60)
Bulawayo, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Nationality  Zimbabwe
Residence Sunningdale, England
Career
Turned professional 1979
Current tour(s) European Senior Tour
Former tour(s) European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Professional wins 25
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 6
Sunshine Tour 17 (6th all time)
European Senior Tour 2
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament CUT: 1993
U.S. Open T77: 1993
The Open Championship T34: 1992
PGA Championship CUT: 1992, 1993, 1994
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit winner
1988/89, 1993/94

Anthony Alastair Johnstone (born 2 May 1956) is a Zimbabwean professional golfer.

Johnstone was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia and attended Christian Brothers College. He lives in Sunningdale in England. He turned professional in 1979 and has spent his career playing mainly on the Southern African Sunshine Tour and in Europe. He won six times on the European Tour and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992. His most prestigious win came at the 1992 British PGA Championship. He won seventeen times on the Sunshine Tour, including one co-sanctioned event also included in his European Tour win tally, and he topped that tour's Order of Merit in 1988/89 and 1993/94. He has represented Zimbabwe in international competition many times.

In 2004 Johnstone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, possibly ending his playing career. With a revolutionary drug treatment, he appears to have put his MS in remission and made his European Seniors Tour debut shortly after turning fifty in 2006.[1] In 2008 he won his first EST event, the Jersey Seniors Classic.[2] He won his second event on the Senior tour in 2009 at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.

Johnstone is noted for his excellent short game and topped the European Tour's short game statistics in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He has also worked as a golf broadcaster.

Professional wins (25)[edit]

European Tour wins (6)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Nov 1984 Portuguese Open −14 (70-69-67-68=274) 3 strokes England Michael King
2 12 Aug 1990 Murphy's Cup 50 pts (6-23-6-15=50) 2 pts England Malcolm MacKenzie
3 9 Jun 1991 Murphy's Cup (2) 40 pts (10-9-9-12=40) Playoff Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy
4 25 May 1992 Volvo PGA Championship −16 (67-70-70-65=272) 2 strokes Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr, Spain José María Olazábal
5 15 Feb 1998 Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship
(co-sanctioned with the Sunshine Tour)
−17 (68-64-67-72=271) 2 strokes South Africa Ernie Els
6 11 Mar 2001 Qatar Masters −14 (68-70-66-70=274) 2 strokes Sweden Robert Karlsson

European Tour playoff record (1–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Swiss Open Spain Antonio Garrido, Spain Manuel Piñero Piñero won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1991 Murphy's Cup Republic of Ireland Eamonn Darcy Won with eagle on second extra hole
3 1992 Benson & Hedges International Open Australia Peter Senior Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1992 Dunhill British Masters Republic of Ireland Christy O'Connor Jnr Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 1996 Turespana Masters Spain Diego Borrego Lost to par on third extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (17)[edit]

Other wins[edit]

European Senior Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Jun 2008 Jersey Seniors Classic −3 (69-70-74=213) 2 strokes England Gordon J. Brand, Scotland Ross Drummond,
Paraguay Ángel Franco, South Africa Bertus Smit
2 6 Sep 2009 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −10 (69-71-66=206) 1 stroke Australia Peter Senior

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T77 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T39 CUT DNP CUT T52 DNP T73 T34 CUT CUT CUT CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT CUT CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Harris, Cathy (19 May 2006). "Fit-again Johnstone happy to be back in the swing of things". The Times. London. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 
  2. ^ Parsons, Jill (11 November 2008). "Crippled by MS, golfer Tony was told he'd never play again. But an astonishing new drug has proved all the doctors wrong". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2009-06-22. 

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