Name:Bruce William Devlin
Born:Oct 10, 1937 in Armidale, NSW, Australia.
Original/Home Club:Armidale GC, NSW
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf course architect; golf commentator.
Australian Amateur champion (1959). Total professional wins (31), including Australasian Tour (19), PGA Tour (8) and Senior PGA Tour (1).
Devlin was involved in over 150 design projects around the world. Many of his designs, and particularly those in the United States, were collaborative efforts working with Robert von Hagge. Devlin's best known work includes, but is not limited to:
AUSTRALIA: Gold Creek GC, Canberra (1996) / Ocean Shores, NSW (with von Hagge, 1972). / The Lakes, Sydney (redesign with von Hagge, 1967).
UNITED STATES (with Robert von Hagge unless specified otherwise): Boone Links, KY (1979) / Colony West, FL (1970) / Crandon Key Biscayne, FL (1972) / Crown Colony, TX (1979) / Eagle Vail, CO (1974) / Eastwood GC, FL (1977) / Emerald Hills, FL (1969) / Hillcrest, FL (1965) / Links at Boynton Beach, FL (1984) / Quail Hollow, ID (1982) / Secession GC, SC (solo project, 1992) / The Cliffs, TX (1988) / Trump Doral (Silver course, 1984) / Tucson Natl, AZ (Catalina course, 1962) / Woodlands CC, TX (Tournament course, 1978).
EUROPE: Fairmont St Andrews, Scotland (Kittocks course, 2002).
After the 1998 Senior PGA Tour season, Devlin retired from competitive tournament golf to concentrate on his golf course architecture business and his television commentary engagements with NBC and ESPN.
Played as the FHP Health Care Classic (March 3-5). Devlin (Aus) beat Dave Eichelberger (USA) with a 22-foot birdie putt at the second playoff hole, to record his only win on the Snr PGA Tour and end a 23-year drought without a PGA Tour or Snr PGA Tour win. Reduced to 36 holes after final round was rained out. [Ojai Valley Inn & CC, Ojai, nr Ventura, California].
Played as the Air New Zealand Shell Open (Dec 1-4). Second-placed Bobby Clampett (USA) finished 1 shot behind Devlin (Aus), who birdied the last hole for a final round 4-under-par 66 and the title. Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather wiping out the third round. [Titirangi GC, New Lynn, Auckland, NZ].
Played as the USI Classic (Aug 17-20). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bruce Devlin (Aus), who recorded the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].
Played as the Houston Open (May 4-8). Second-placed Doug Sanders (USA), Tommy Aaron (USA) and Lou Graham (USA) finished 2 shots behind Bruce Devlin (Aus). Monday finish after Sunday's final round was rained out. [Westwood GC, Houston, TX. At the time Westwood CC].
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. T. Woolbank, P. Harvey and J. Dyer finished in second place behind Devlin (Aus). [Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, Qld., Aus].
Played as the Alcan Golfer of the Year Championship (Sept 17-20). Second-placed Bob Rosburg (USA) finished 7 shots behind Bruce Devlin (Aus). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 4-8). Second-placed Larry Ziegler (USA) finished 4 shots behind Devlin (Aus), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [La Quinta CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Indian Wells CC; Eldorado CC].
Played as the Cleveland Open (June 25-28). Second-placed Steve Eichstaedt (USA) finished 4 shots behind Bruce Devlin (Aus). [Aurora CC, Aurora, nr Cleveland, OH].
Played as the Australian PGA Ch'ship. T. Murakami (Jpn) finished in second place behind Devlin (Aus).
Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (April 24-27). Second-placed Frank Beard (USA) and Bruce Crampton (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Devlin (Aus). [Preston Trail GC, Dallas, TX].
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 19-22). Second-placed Richard "R.H." Sikes (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bruce Devlin (Aus), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Devlin (Aus). [Vert course, Saint Cloud GC, Garches, nr Paris].
Played as the New Zealand Open (Sept 26-29). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shots behind Devlin (Aus). [Wanganui GC, Belmont Links, Whanganui, NZ].
Played as the Australian Open (Aug 18-20). Second-placed Edward "Ted" Ball (Aus, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Devlin (Aus, amateur, described in the press as a master plumber). [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
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