Name:Frank Ivan Joseph Nobilo
Born:May 14, 1960 in Auckland, North Island, NZ.
Occupation:Professional golfer; golf commentator; ambassador for leading NZ winery Nobilo Wines (Frank is related to founder Nikola "Nick" Nobilo).
NZ Amateur champion (1978). Total professional wins (14), including European Tour (5), Australasian Tour (2), PGA Tour (1) and Asian Tour (1). Awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit (CNZM) in 1998.
Nobilo has the dubious honour of being injured by an errant golf ball. A mishit tee-shot at the exclusive Lake Nona G&CC struck him above the left eye, and required 30 stitches.
Played as the Andersen Consulting Hong Kong Open. Second-placed Wook-soon Kang (S Kor) finished 5 shots behind Nobilo (NZ). [Hong Kong GC, Fanling; composite of 10 holes from Eden course, 8 from the New].
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Won by Nobilo (NZ). [Club de Golf Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico].
Played as the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic (April 24-27). Tour rookie Nobilo (NZ) beat Brad Faxon (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record his only win on the PGA Tour. [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
Played as the Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe (May 30-Jun 2). Second-placed Colin Montgomerie (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Nobilo (NZ), who recorded the last of his five European Tour wins. [Gut Kaden G&LC, Alveslohe, nr Hamburg].
Played as the Subaru Sarazen World Open (Oct 31-Nov 3; PGA Tr unofficial money event). Scott Hoch (USA) finished in second place behind defending champion Nobilo (NZ). [Legends course, Chateau Elan GC, Braselton, Georgia].
Played as the BMW International Open (Jun 29-Jul 2). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) and Jarmo Sandelin (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Frank Nobilo (NZ). [St Eurach L&GC, Iffeldorf, Bavaria, Germany].
Played as the Sarazen World Open (Nov 3-5; PGA Tr post-season unofficial money event). Second-placed Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Esp) and Mark McNulty (Zim) finished 1 shot behind Nobilo (NZ), who recorded his first win in America. [Legends course, Chateau Elan GC, Braselton, Georgia].
Played as the Sampoerna Indonesia Open (March 23-26; Asian circuit event). Second-placed Jerry Smith (USA) finished 3 shots behind Nobilo (NZ). [Bumi Serpong Damai (BSD) course, Damai Indah Golf, nr Jakarta, Indonesia].
Played as the Turespana Open Mediterrania (March 4-7). Second-placed David Feherty (N.Ire) and Gordon Brand Jr (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Nobilo (NZ). [Parador de El Saler, nr Valencia, Spain].
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Frank Nobilo (NZ). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
Played as the PLM Open (Aug 11-14). Second-placed and defending champion Howard Clark (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Nobilo (NZ), who recorded the first of his five European Tour wins. [Flommens GC, Falsterbo, nr Malmo, Sweden].
Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship (next played in 2002). Won by defending champion Frank Nobilo (NZ). [Mount Maunganui GC, Tauranga, NZ].
Played as the New Zealand PGA Championship. Won by Frank Nobilo (NZ).
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
Barry Lane: the golfing world was also saddened by the passing of Barry Lane, one of the European Tour and European Senior Tours most popular players. Enjoying success on both Tours, Lane was know for his excellent ball-striking and amiable personality.
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