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).
European Tour: 2021 marks the 50th and last season of the world renowned European Tour, launched in April 1972 at the Spanish Open. From 2022 the Tour will be sponsored by Dubai-based global supply chain and ports operator DP World, and will be known as the DP World Tour.
South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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