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). John Bland (RSA) beat Bob Boyd (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole, to record his second European Senior 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].
Played as the Puerto Rico Senior Tournament of Champions (Jan 18-21; Senior PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed and defending champion Jim Colbert (USA) finished 1 shot behind John Bland (RSA), who recorded his second Senior PGA Tour win. [East course, TPC Dorado Beach, Puerto Rico; at the time known as Dorado Beach Resort].].
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 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].
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 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].
1977/78 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Bland (RSA).
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Bland (RSA). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
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.
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