Who's who: Manuel Piñero

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Who's who: Manuel Piñero

  • Name:

    Manuel Piñero
  • Country:

    Spain
  • Born:

    Sept 1, 1952 in Badajoz, Extremadura, Spain.
  • Original/Home Club:

  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer
  • Turned Pro:

    1968

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1981, '85). Total professional wins (12), including European Tour (9). He won his home country Madrid Open three times.

Did you know?

Piñero was present when the great entertainer and golfer Bing Crosby died of a heart attack, on 14 October 1977 at La Moraleja Golf Club outside Madrid. Piñero and Crosby, together with Spanish pro Valentín Barrios and La Moraleja owner Cesar de Zuluetaone, had just finished their social four-ball match. Shortly afterwards, just outside the clubhouse, 74-year-old Crosby had a massive heart attack and died instantaneously.

Top tournaments won by Manuel Piñero

1985
Europe
267 (-21)
£14,028
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

267 (-21)

Prize money

£14,028

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Pinero (Esp). [Molinetto CC, Cernusco sul Naviglio, nr Milan].

1985
Europe
278 (-10)
£16,192
Cepsa

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

278 (-10)

Prize money

£16,192

Title sponsor

Cepsa

Played as the Cepsa Madrid Open. Pinero (Esp) beat Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) at the fourth playoff hole. [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].

1982
America
Pierre Marques
281 (-3)
$10,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Venue

Pierre Marques

Score

281 (-3)

Prize money

$10,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the World Cup of Golf (individual low score) (Dec 2-5). Second-placed Bob Gilder (USA) and José María Cañizares (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Manuel Piñero (Esp), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Manuel Piñero & José María Cañizares (Esp). [Pierre Marques GC, Acapulco, Mexico].

1982
Europe
266 (-14)
£20,000
x

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

266 (-14)

Prize money

£20,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the European Open Championship (Sept 2-5). Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Piñero (Esp). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

279 (-9)

Prize money

£5,729

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Madrid Open. Second-placed Des Smyth (Ire) finished 5 shots behind Pinero (Esp). [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

£9,281

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Swiss Open. Pinero (Esp) beat Antonio Garrido (Esp) and Tony Johnstone (Zim) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

286 (-2)

Prize money

£9,000

Title sponsor

Mazda

Played as the Mazda Cars English Classic (July 9-12). Second-placed Sandy Lyle (Scot) finished 1 shot behind Manuel Piñero (Esp). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].

1977
Europe
283 (+3)
£10,000
Penfold

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

283 (+3)

Prize money

£10,000

Title sponsor

Penfold

Played as the Penfold PGA Championship (May 25-28). Second-placed Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Piñero (Esp), the first Spanish winner of this event. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

274 (-6)

Prize money

£6,493

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Swiss Open. Second-placed Dave Hill (USA) and Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Pinero (Esp). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Pinero, Manuel

Score

283 (-5)

Prize money

£2,500

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Madrid Open. Pinero (Esp) beat Valentin Barrios (Esp) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].

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