Name:Michael Geoffrey Harwood
Born:Jan 8, 1959 in Sydney, New South Wales, Aus.
Total professional wins (34), including European Tour (5), Australasian Tour (2) and European Senior Tour (1).
Harwood came closest to winning a major championship at The Open in 1991 at Royal Liverpool. One off the lead after three rounds, he was beaten into second place by fellow countryman Ian Baker-Finch, who finished two clear. Two more Aussies, Craig Parry and Greg Norman also finished in the top ten. Many of Harwood's later professional wins came on the over-50s PGA Australia Legends Tour.
Played as the OKI Castellon Senior Tour Championship (Nov 6-8; European Senior Tour season-ending event). Second-placed Ángel Franco (Par) finished 3 shots behind 50-year-old Mike Harwood (Aus), who recorded his first (and only) win on the Tour. [GC Mediterraneo, Castellon, Spain].
Eurpn Snr Tr
Harwood (Aus) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2009 Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished ninth on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €120,232.
Played as the Handa Australian Senior Open. Harwood (Aus) beat Peter Senior (Aus) and Michael Clayton (Aus) in a playoff. [Royal Perth GC, South Perth, WA, Australia].
Played as the GA European Open (Aug 29-Sep 1). Second-placed Sandy Lyle (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Harwood (Aus), who recorded the last of his five European Tour wins. [Composite course (predominantly based on the Old course), Walton Heath GC, Walton on the Hill, Surrey].
Played as the Volvo Masters (Oct 25-28; Eurpn Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Sam Torrance (Scot) and Steve Richardson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Harwood (Aus). [Valderrama GC, San Roque, Spain].
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship (May 25-28). Second-placed John Bland (RSA) and defending champion Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Harwood (Aus). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as the PLM Open (Aug 17-20). Second-placed Peter Senior (Aus) finished shots behind Harwood (Aus), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Bokskogens GC, Bara, nr Malmo, Sweden].
Played as the Portuguese Open. Second-placed Eamonn Darcy (Ire) finished 1 shot behind Harwood (Aus). [South course, Quinta do Lago GC, nr Almancil, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the Toshiba Australian PGA Ch'ship. Won by Mike Harwood (Aus).
2021 Opens: whether by accident or design, four of the top five mens’ Open Championships played in the British Isles occupy consecutive weeks in July: the Irish Open (1-4), Scottish Open (8-11), The Open (15-18) and Wales Open (22-25). The recently relaunched English Open is scheduled for early-August.
Hoag Classic: Ernie Els defends his title in this prestigious PGA Tour Champions event, played since 1991 at the Newport Beach Country Club, CA (Mar 5-7).
Traigh Golf Course (pronounced "try", and meaning "beach" in Gaelic): You'll find this nine-hole seaside gem on the scenic coast road (as opposed to the more inland and quicker A830) between Arisaig and Morar. Although not on the well-beaten path of Scotland's "trophy" courses, if you are passing through this area, it's a must play.
Cullen Links Golf Club: "immensely scenic", "quirky as golf can get", "short!", "hugely enjoyable" ... Cullen Links attracts as wide a variety of comments as it lays down golfing challenges. Shoehorned into this 4,600 yard treasure trove are ten par-3s, seven par-4s and a good-length par-5. Here you'll find all the seaside scenery a golfer could ask for, and a lot more besides. Read More...
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