Born:Feb 12, 1953 in Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland.
Original/Home Club:Drogehda, Ireland / County Louth GC
Played as the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters (Aug 31-Sept 2). Second-placed Peter Fowler (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Des Smyth (Ire), who recorded his second win in this event in three years, and last of his five wins on the Europeam Senior Tour. [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
Played as the Van Lanschot Senior Open (June 24-26). Second-placed Peter Fowler (Aus) and Tim Thelen (USA) finished 2 shots behind Smyth (Ire). [Koninklijke (Royal) Haagsche G&CC, Wassenaar, nr The Hague].
Played as the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters (Sept 3-5). Second-placed Carl Mason (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Des Smyth (Ire). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
Played as the Wentworth Senior Masters (Aug 3-5). Second-placed Bob Charles (NZ, and a sprightly 71 years old) finished 2 shots behind Smyth (Ire). [Edinburgh course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship (Nov 10-12; European Senior Tour season-ending event). Second-placed and defending champion John Chillas (Scot) finished 2 shots behind 52-year-old Des Smyth (Ire), who recorded his first win on the Tour. [Montgomerie course, The Royal GC, Bahrain; at the time known as Riffa Views GC].
Played as the SBC Classic (March 11-13). Second-placed D.A. Weibring (USA) and Mark McNulty (Zim/Ire) finished 1 shot behind first-time Champions Tour winner Smyth (Ire). [Valencia CC, nr Santa Clarita, California].
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (April 22-24). Second-placed Tom Jenkins (USA) finished 2 shots behind Smyth (Ire). [Savannah Harbor Resort, Savannah, GA].
Played as the Madeira Island Open (March 15-18). Second-placed John Bickerton (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Smyth (Ire), who recorded the last of his eight European Tour wins. [Santo da Serra GC, Machico, Madeira].
Played as the Madrid Open (for the last time until 2001). Second-placed Domingo Hospital (Esp), Jose Rivero (Esp), Mark Roe (Eng) and Wayne Westner (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Smyth (Ire). [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].
Played as the BNP Jersey Open (Oct 20-23). Smyth (Ire) beat Roger Chapman (Eng) with a birdie at the fifth playoff hole. [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
Played as the Sanyo Open (Oct 27-30). Second-placed Mark James (Eng) and Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Des Smyth (Ire), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, Terrassa, Barcelona].
Played as the Coral Classic (June 25-28). Second-placed Michael King (Eng), Bernhard Langer (Ger) and John O'Leary (Ire) finished 2 shots behind Smyth (Ire). [Royal Porthcawl GC, Mid Glamorgan, S Wales].
Played as the first (and only) Newcastle Brown "900" Open (June 5-8). Second-placed Graham Burroughs (Eng), Greg Norman (Aus) and Neil Coles (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Des Smyth (Ire), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Northumberland GC, Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne].
Played as the Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open (June 19-22). Smyth (Ire) beat Brian Waites (Eng) with a birdie at the sixth playoff hole. [Wilmslow GC, Mobberley, Knutsford, Cheshire].
Played as the Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship (Aug 2-5). Smyth (Ire) beat Nick Price (Zim) by 1 hole in the 18-hole final. Smyth knocked in a 10ft putt for a winning eagle three on the final green to clinch his first European Tour win. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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