Name:John Louis Bland
Born:Sept 22, 1945 in Johannesburg, S Africa.
Multiple European Tour, Champions Tour and international tours winner.
Former South African Tour, European Tour, European Senior Tour and Senior PGA Tour player.
Played as the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open (June 18-20). Second-placed Angel Franco (Para) and Chris Williams (RSA) finished 1 shot behind 64-year old Bland (RSA), who claimed his third European Snr Tour win. [Royal Porthcawl GC, Mid Glamorgan, Wales].
Played as the Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open (Aug 7-9). Bland (RSA) beat Bob Boyd (USA) at the second playoff hole to record his second European Snr Tour win, 14 yrs after his first. [GC Bad Ragaz, Switzerland].
Played as the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf (March 21-23; unofficial two-man better-ball team event). Second-placed Gil Morgan (USA) & Hubert Green (USA) finished 3 shots behind John Bland (RSA) & Graham Marsh (Aus). [Palmer (private) course, PGA West, La Quinta, CA].
Snr PGA Tr
Bland (RSA) won the Senior PGA Tour 1996 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player, based on the votes of his peers. He finished third on the Tour's money list, with earnings of $1,357,987.
Played as the Northville Long Island Classic (Aug 16-18). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA) finished 3 shots behind Bland (RSA). [Meadow Brook Club, Jericho, Long Island, NY].
Played as the Puerto Rico Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 18-21; Snr PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed and defending champion Jim Colbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bland (RSA), who recorded his second Snr PGA Tour win. [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].
Played as Bruno's Memorial Classic (May 31-Jun 2). Bland (RSA) beat John Paul Cain (USA) with a bogey at the third playoff hole; Kermit Zarley (USA) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Greystone G&CC, Birmingham, Alabama].
Played as The Transamerica (Oct 11-13). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Bland (RSA), who recorded the last of his five Snr PGA Tour wins. [South course, Silverado Resort, Napa, California].
Played as the Ralphs Senior Classic (Oct 20-22). Second-placed Jim Colbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Bland (RSA). [Wilshire CC, Los Angeles, California].
Played as the inaugural London Masters. Second-placed Bobby Verwey (RSA), Hugh Inggs (RSA), John Morgan (Eng) and Tony Grubb (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Bland (RSA), who became the youngest winner on the Eurpn Snr Tr at 50 years 9 days. [Intl course, London GC, Ash, Kent, England].
S Africa Tr
1990/91 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won for the fourth time in his career by Bland (RSA) with season earnings of R333,637. Fultom Allen (RSA) was second with R190,090; Wayne Westner (RSA) was third with R168,158.
1989/90 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won for the third time in his career by Bland (RSA).
Played as the Safmarine South African Masters. Tony Johnstone (Zim) finished in second place behind Bland (RSA). [Stellenbosch GC, Western Cape, RSA].
1987/88 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won for the second time in his career by Bland (RSA).
Played as the Suze Open (April 17-20). Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Bland (RSA), who recorded the second of his two European Tour wins. [Cannes Mougins GCC, Mougins, nr Cannes, France].
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 18-21). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Tour winner Bland (RSA). [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Bland (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1977/78 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Bland (RSA).
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