Name:Anthony Alastair "Tony" Johnstone
Born:May 2, 1956 in Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.
Occupation:Professional golfer; television commentator; "bushman".
Total professional wins (25), including European Tour (6), Sunshine Tour (17) and European Senior Tour (2). Sunshine Tour Order of Merit winner (1988/89; 1993/94).
Growing up in what was then Rhodesia, the ever-amiable Johnstone developed a phenomenal short game, that would serve him well on the Sunshine and European Tours. He turned professional in 1979, and subsequently won six times on the European Tour and 17 times on the Sunshine Tour. Only his contemporary Mark McNulty has recorded more wins on the Sunshine Tour as a Zimbabwean.
After battling multiple sclerosis with a revolutionary drug treatment, Johnstone launched into a career on the European Senior Tour when he turned 50 in 2006. He also became a key contributor on Sky Sports golf coverage. He is much respected for his "David Attenborough-like" knowledge of the natural world around him - whether listening to bird calls in Europe or musing on the dung disposal capabilities of beetles in his native southern Africa.
Played as the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters (Sept 4-6). Second-placed Peter Senior (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Tony Johnstone (Zim), who recorded the second of his two European Senior Tour wins. [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
Played as the Jersey Seniors Classic (June 6-8). Second-placed Gordon Brand Jr (Eng), Ross Drummond (Scot) and Ángel Franco (Par) finished 2 shots behind 52-year-old Tony Johnstone (Zim), who recorded the first of his two European Senior Tour wins. [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
Played as the Qatar Masters (March 8-11; European Tour event). Second-placed Robert Karlsson (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Tony Johnstone (Zim), who recorded the last of his six European Tour wins. [Doha GC, Qatar].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship (Feb 12-15; S African/Eurpn Trs event; S African Tr 1997/98 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Johnstone (Zim), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
Played as the Philips South African Open (Dec 9-12; S African Tr 1993/94 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 7 shots behind Johnstone (Zim). [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
Played as the EVS South African Masters (Feb 25-28; S African Tr 1992/93 season-ending event). Second-placed Roger Wessels (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Johnstone (Zim). [Wingate Park CC, Pretoria, RSA].
1993/94 South Africa Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the second time in his career by Johnstone (Zim) with season earnings of R297,358. Bruce Vaughan (USA) was second with R189,452; Ernie Els (RSA) was third with R160,410. Known as the FNB Summer Tour.
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship (May 22-25). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) and Gordon Brand Jr (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Johnstone (Zim), who became the first player from Africa to win the PGA Championship. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
Played as Murphy's Cup (June 6-9; based on a modified stableford scoring format). Defending champion Johnstone (Zim) beat Eamonn Darcy (Ire) with an eagle at the second playoff hole. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
Played as Murphy's Cup (Aug 9-12; based on a modified stableford scoring format). Second-placed Malcolm MacKenzie (Eng) finished 2 pts behind Johnstone (RSA), who recorded his second European Tour win. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Chris Williams (Eng) finished in second place behind Johnstone (Zim). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
S Africa Tr
1988/89 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Johnstone (Zim) with season earnings of R254,950. John Bland (RSA) was second with R143,448; Jeff Hawkes (RSA) was third with R141,677.
Played as the Portuguese Open (Nov 1-4; European Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Michael King (Eng) finished 3 shots behind 28-year-old Tony Johnstone (Zim), who recorded the first of his six European Tour wins. [South course, Quinta do Lago GC, nr Almancil, Algarve, Portugal].
Played as the South African Open. Fulton Allem (RSA) finished in second place behind Johnstone (Zim). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
Played as the Safmarine South African Masters. Won by Johnstone (Zim). [Milnerton GC, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
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South African Open: December 2021 events in South Africa have again been impacted by the Covid pandemic. The South African Open (Dec 2-5) will no longer be played as a DP World Tour event, and the Alfred Dunhill Championship (Dec 9-12) has been cancelled.
Bernhard Langer: at age 64, Langer collected a record sixth Charles Schwab Cup, the only player to have won the season-long points chase more than twice. He also topped the PGA Tour Champions money-list for the 11th time out of a possible 13 since 2008.
Carlota Ciganda: the five-time Solheim Cup star was delighted to record a fourth Ladies European Tour win in her home national championship, the Ladies Spanish Open.
Lee Elder: Trailblazer, Ryder Cup player, four-time PGA Tour winner and eight-time Senior PGA Tour winner, Lee Elder died on November 28, aged 87. In 1975 he became the first African American golfer to play in the Masters tournament, and in so doing provided one of the pivotal moments in the history of professional golf.
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