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Name: - David James "Dai" Rees
Country: - Wales
Lived : - [1913-83]. Born March 31, 1913 in Fontegary, Glamorganshire, Wales. Died Sept 10, 1983 in Barnet, London, aged 70.
Original Home/Club: - Aberdare GC, South Wales.
Occupation: - Professional golfer.
Turned Pro: - 1929

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1937, '47, '49, '51, '53, '55, '57, '59, '61); Ryder Cup captain (1955, '57, '59, '61, '67). Winner of numerous professional tournaments in Britain, Europe and South Africa. Appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, CBE (1958).


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Rees was one of the leading British golfers either side of the Second World War. He learned the game from his father, who was the golf professional at Leys GC (which no longer exists) and Aberdare GC. In 1937, while in his mid-20s, Rees took over as the golf professional at South Herts Golf Club following the death of Harry Vardon. Like Vardon, he remained in the post until he died. Rees played in nine Ryder Cup matches, as playing-captain in four of them. He was captain of the GB&I Ryder Cup team, who in 1957 recorded their first post-war victory against the USA team, a victory that was not repeated until the European team won in 1985. It was in 1983, aged 70, that Rees succumbed to injuries sustained a few months earlier in a car crash that occured on his way back from watching an Arsenal football match.


Top tournaments won by Dai Rees

1966Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipCoventry GC215
Played as the Teacher's Senior Professional Tournament. Rees (Wales) beat Flory Van Donck (Belg) in a playoff (Rees 71, Van Donck 75). [Coventry GC, Finham, Coventry, Warwicks].
1963Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre278x
Played as the Swiss Open. Dai Rees (Wales) won after a playoff. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1962Men EuropeBritish MastersWentworth Club278£1,000
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed Ralph Moffitt (Eng) and defending champion Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Rees (Wales). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1962Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club278£750
Played as the Daks Tournament. Dai Rees (Wales) and Bob Charles (NZ) finished in a tie for first place. Ken Bousfield (Eng) and defending champion Bernard Hunt (Eng) were 2 shots further back in joint third place. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1959Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipAshburnham283£500
Played as the PGA Close Championship (for UK & Ireland professionals only). Second-placed David Snell (Eng) and Bernard Hunt (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Dai Rees (Wales), who was the first Welshman to win the PGA Championship. [Ashburnham GC, Burry Port, Carmarthenshire, Wales].
1959Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre274x
Played as the Swiss Open. Second-placed Syd Scott (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Rees (Wales). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1959Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Trx
Rees (Wales) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1959 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events.
1958Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayDurban CC3 & 2
Played as the Dunlop South African Match Play Masters. Rees (Wales) beat Ken Bousfield (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1956Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre278x
Played as the Swiss Open. Won by Dai Rees (Wales). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1956Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown281£375
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £1550 Tournament. Dai Rees (Wales) and Ken Bousfield (Eng) finished in a tie for first place. Eric Lester (Eng) finished 4 shots further back in third place. [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1955Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.85x
Rees (Wales) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1955 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Rees's 71.85 was based on 35 rounds played.
1954Men EuropeBelgian OpenRoyal Antwerp287
Played as the Belgian Open (July 16-18). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) and Aldo Casera (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Rees (Wales). [Royal Antwerp GC, Kappellen, nr Antwerp].
1954Men EuropeSpalding TournamentMoor Park272£300
Played as the Spalding £1,350 Tournament. Second-placed Eric Brown (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Dai Rees (Wales). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1953Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club280£400
Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed Flory van Donck (Belg) and Tom Haliburton (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Rees (Wales). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1952Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown283
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News Tournament. Second-placed Henry Cotton (Eng) and Syd Scott (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Rees (Wales), who claimed his third straight win in this event. [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1951Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown281£225
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £1450 Tournament. Von Nida (Aus) and defending champion Dai Rees (Wales) finished in a tie for first place. Ken Bousfield (Eng) finished 1 shot back in third place. [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1950Men EuropeBritish MastersRoyal Liverpool281£300
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed and defending champion Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Rees (Wales). [Royal Liverpool GC, Hoylake, Wirral, Merseyside].
1950Men EuropeBritish Match PlayCarnoustie7 & 6£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 20-23). Defending champion Rees (Wales) beat Frank Jowle (Eng) 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final, to record his fourth win in the British Match Play Championship. [Championship Course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
1950Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsSand Moor276
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £1350 Tournament. Second-placed Arthur Lees (Eng) finished 8 shots behind Rees (Wales). [Sand Moor GC, Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1949Men EuropeBritish Match PlayWalton Heath1 hole£750
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 21-24). Rees (Wales) beat Henry Cotton (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1948Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock295x
Played as the Irish Open. Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Rees (Wales). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1947Men EuropeDaily Mail T'mentKilmarnock (Barassie)279£525
Played as the Daily Mail £2500 Tournament. Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Rees (Wales). [Kilmarnock (Barassie) GC, Troon, Ayrshire].
1947Men EuropePenfold TournamentStoke Park270£120
Played as the Penfold Tournament. The competiton ended in a three-way tie between Dai Rees (Wales), Reg Whitcombe (Eng) and Norman Von Nida (Aus), who were all declared winners. [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1946Men EuropeSilver King T'mentMoor Park288£350
Played as the Silver King Tournament (for the first time since 1939, due to WW2). Second-placed Allan Dailey (Scot), Reg Horne (Eng) and Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 7 shots behind Rees (Wales). [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1946Men EuropeSpalding TournamentSt Andrews300£300
Played as the inaugural Spalding £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Reg Whitcombe (Eng) and Henry Cotton (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Rees (Wales). [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1939Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsTemple Newsam37th hole£150
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News £750 Tournament (for the last time until 1945, due to WW2). Rees (Wales) beat Jack Hargreaves (Eng) at the 37th hole in the final. [Temple Newsam GC, Leeds, West Yorkshire].
1938Men EuropeBritish Match PlayWalton Heath4 & 3£500
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 13-16). Rees (Wales) beat Eddie Whitcombe (Eng) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final, to win this title for the second time in three years. Ernest Whitcombe (Eddie's father) was runner-up in this event in 1936, and the winner in 1924. Charles Whitcombe (Eddie's uncle) was the winner in 1928 and 1930. [Old course, Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
1936Men EuropeBritish Match PlayOxhey Park1 hole£300
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 15-18). Rees (Wales) beat Ernest Whitcombe (Eng) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Oxhey Park GC, Watford, Herts. 18-hole course at the time; now 9-holes].

 

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