Who's who: Ken Brown

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Who's who: Ken Brown

  • Name:

    Kenneth John Brown
  • Country:

    Scotland
  • Born:

    Jan 9, 1957 in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, England.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Harpenden Common GC
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer, golf writer and TV commentator.
  • Turned Pro:

    1974

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1977, '79, '83, '85, '87). Multiple wins on the European Tour (4), PGA Tour (1) and winner of the Kenya Open (1983). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (2019).

Golf course design

Aldwickbury Park GC; Harpenden Common GC (9-holes).

Did you know?

Brown was born in England to Scottish parents ( ... he is not related to the famous post-war Scottish professional Eric Brown). Ken Brown enjoyed a successful career as a European Tour professional, winning four times on the Tour and representing Europe (GB&I in 1977) in five Ryder Cups.

After retiring from tournament golf in 1992 Brown briefly turned his hand to golf course design before taking up a career as a golf writer and TV & radio commentator. On the BBC, his insightful commentary and practical on-course demonstrations have complemented the more ebulient style of lead-presenter Peter Alliss.

Top tournaments won by Ken Brown

1987
America
Green Island CC
266 (-14)
$72,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Venue

Green Island CC

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

$72,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Southern Open (Oct 1-4). Second-placed Larry Mize (USA), Mike Hulbert (USA) and David Frost (RSA) finished 7 shots behind 30-year-old Ken Brown (Scot), who recorded his first and only win on the PGA Tour. [Green Island CC, Columbus, Georgia].

1985
Europe
277 (-3)
£21,660
Four-Stars

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Score

277 (-3)

Prize money

£21,660

Title sponsor

Four-Stars

Played as the Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity (May 30-Jun 2). Second-placed Gordon Brand Jr (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Brown (Scot), who recorded the last of his four European Tour wins. [Combination of holes from High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].

1984
Europe
266 (-14)
£13,330
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

£13,330

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Glasgow Open (Jun 28-Jul 1; formerly the Glagow Golf Classic). Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 11 shots behind Brown (Scot). [Haggs Castle GC, Glasgow, Scotland].

1983
Europe
274 (-14)
£13,330
KLM

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

£13,330

Title sponsor

KLM

Played as the KLM Dutch Open (Aug 4-6). Second-placed José Maria Cañizares (Esp) and Vaughan Somers (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Brown (Scot), who posted his second European Tour win. [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].

1983
Africa
274 (-10)
B&H

Category

Africa

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Score

274 (-10)

Prize money

Title sponsor

B&H

Played as the Benson & Hedges Kenya Open. Won by Brown (Scot). [Muthaiga GC, Nairobi, Kenya].

1978
Europe
281 (-7)
£10,000
Carroll & Co.

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Brown, Ken

Score

281 (-7)

Prize money

£10,000

Title sponsor

Carroll & Co.

Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and John O'Leary (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Brown (Scot). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].

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