Name:Herbert Gustavus Max Faulkner
Lived:[1916-2005]. Born on July 29, 1916 in Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex. Died on Feb 26, 2005 in Chichester, West Sussex (aged 88).
Original/Home Club:Bramley GC, nr Guildford.
Occupation:Golf professional and professional golfer; RAF fitness instructor; boxer.
MAJORS (1): Open Championship (1951). Ryder Cup player (1947, '49, '51, '53, '57). At least 20 professional wins including many on the European circuit. Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (2001).
Faulkner was the son of Gustavus "Gus" Faulkner, a professional golfer who was at one time an assistant to James Braid at Walton Heath GC. Max Faulkner excelled at many sports, but developed golf as his main interest when his father served as the golf professional at Bramley GC, just south of Guildford.
Faulkner's very successful professional tournament career spanned either side of World War II (during which time he served in the RAF as a physical training (PT) instructor). In addition to his many notable wins in the UK and Ireland, he also won the Spanish Open three times during the 1950s, and the Portuguese Open in 1968.
Faulkner's greatest golfing achievement came in the 1951 Open Championship at Royal Portrush, where he prevailed by two shots over the Argentinian Antonio Cerdá. He said of lifting the Claret Jug, "It was all I ever wanted. The Open meant everything to me."
Played as the Pringle PGA Seniors Championship (June 24-26). Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Max Faulkner (Eng), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Longniddry GC, East Lothian].
Played as the Portuguese Open (Nov 21-24). Second-placed and defending champion Ángel Gallardo (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Max Faulkner (Eng), who recorded the last of his many European circuit wins. [Estoril GC, Estoril, Portugal].
Played as the Teacher's Senior Professional Tournament (May 21-23; aka British Senior Championship). Second-placed and defending champion John Panton (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Max Faulkner (Eng). [Aldeburgh GC, Suffolk].
Played as the Spanish Open. Second-placed Henry Cotton (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Faulkner (Eng). [Club de Campo Villa de Madrid, Madrid, Spain].
Played as the News of the World Match Play (Sept 16-19). Faulkner (Eng) beat Dai Rees (Wales) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [Ganton GC, nr Scarborough, North Yorkshire].
Played as the Spanish Open. Won by defending champion Faulkner (Eng). [Arriba course, Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].
Played as the Spanish Open. Won by Faulkner (Eng). [Arriba course, Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].
Played as the Dunlop 2000 Guineas Tournament (played over 90 holes). Second-placed Tom Haliburton (Scot) finished 7 shots behind Faulkner (Eng). [Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
Played as the Dunlop Masters (Oct 9-11). Second-placed Reg Horne (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Faulkner (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
The Open Championship (80th) (July 4-6). Second-placed Antonio Cerda (Arg) finished 2 shots behind Faulkner (Eng). [Dunluce Links, Royal Portrush GC, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland].
Played as the Lotus £1,500 Tournament (Aug 31-Sept 2). Second-placed Charlie Ward (Eng), the host club's professional, finished 1 shot behind Faulkner (Eng). [Little Aston GC, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, Warwicks].
Played as the inaugural Dunlop 2000 Guineas Tournament. Second-placed Sam King (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Faulkner (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the Penfold Tournament (for the only time as a foursome match play event). Max Faulkner (Eng) & John Burton (Eng) beat Flory van Donck (Belg) & Dick Burton (Eng) by 1 hole in the final. John and Dick Burton were brothers, originally from Darwen, Lancashire. [South Herts GC, Totteridge, North London].
Played as the Dunlop-Southport £2000 Tournament (for the first time since 1938 due to WW2). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Faulkner (Eng). [Southport & Ainsdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
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