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 (Apr 28-May 1). Second-placed Eamonn Darcy (Ire) finished 1 shot behind 29-year-old Mike Harwood (Aus), who recorded the first of his five European Tour wins. [South course, Quinta do Lago GC, nr Almancil, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the Toshiba Australian PGA Ch'ship. Won by Mike Harwood (Aus).
Tournament of Champions: the PGA Tour’s calendar-year starts, as it has done since 1999, with this iconic event in Hawaii. The field is drawn from players who won a PGA Tour event in 2022, or were amongst the top 30 in last year’s FedEx Cup final standings (Jan 6-9).
Desert Swing: the European (DP World) Tour launches into 2023 with three events in its UAE “Desert Swing”. Up first is the Abu Dhabi Championship (Jan 19-22), followed by the Dubai Desert Classic (Jan 26-29) and the Ras Al Kaimah Championship (Feb 2-5).
Kathy Whitworth: the end of 2022 saw the passing of LPGA Tour legend Kathy Whitworth. Her 88 LPGA Tour victories is more than achieved by any other golfer on either the LPGA or PGA Tours. Amongst her victories were six major championship titles.
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