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Name: - Arthur D'Arcy "Bobby" Locke
Country: - South Africa
Lived : - 1917-1987. Born Nov 20, 1917 in Germiston, nr Johannesburg, South Africa / died March 9, 1987 in Jonhannesburg.
Original Home/Club: - Germiston, South Africa.
Occupation: - Professional golfer
Turned Pro: - 1938

Roll of Honour

Majors (4). Total professional wins (72), of which Sunshine Tr (30), US PGA Tr (15) and European circuit/Tr (23). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1977).


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Sometimes referred to as "Muffin Face" because of his changeless expression, Locke was the son of Northern Irish emigrants to South Africa. Having developed a prodigious talent for the game, he embarked on a highly successful career, winning the first of nine South African Opens as an amateur, aged 17. With many wins on the Southern Africa Tour, then US PGA and European tours, he became the first internationally successful South African professional golfer. His dominance of the US PGA Tour in 1947/48, was followed by a ban in 1949/50. Although the ban was ostensibly for breaking various tour committments, one player remarked "Locke was simply too good. They had to ban him." Thereafter Locke played mainly in Europe and South Africa. His four majors all came in The Open Championship.


Top tournaments won by Bobby Locke

1959Men EuropeBowmaker TournamentSunningdale, Eng132£350
Played as the Bowmaker Tournament (a 36-hole pro-am event). Second-placed Angel Miguel (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Locke (S Africa). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1957Men EuropeBowmaker TournamentBerkshire, The135£400
Played as the Bowmaker Invitation Tournament (a 36-hole pro-am event). Frank Jowle (Eng) and Bobby Locke (S Africa) finished in a tie for first place. Peter Alliss (Eng) and G.W. Low (Scot) finished 1 shot further back in joint third place. [Red course, The Berkshire GC, Ascot, Berkshire].
1957Men EuropeDaks TournamentWentworth Club282£600
Played as the Daks Tournament. Second-placed Bernard Hunt (Eng) and Eric Brown (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1957Men MajorsThe OpenSt Andrews279 (-9)£1,000
The Open Championship (86th) (July 3-5). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Locke (RSA). This was the last of Locke's four Open Championship wins. [The Old Course, St Andrews, Fife].
1955Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenGailes, Aus290
Played as the Australian Open (May 26-28). Second-placed Norman Von Nida (Aus) and Kel Nagle (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Locke (RSA). [Gailes GC, Brisbane, Aus].
1955Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayZwartkop CC7 & 6
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Locke (S Africa) beat Brian Ellmore (S Africa) 7 and 6 in the 36-hole final. [Zwartkop CC, Centurion, nr Pretoria, RSA].
1955Men AfricaSouth African OpenZwartkop CC283x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Reg Taylor (S Africa, amateur) finished 1 shot behind Locke (S Africa). This was the last of nine South African Open wins for Locke. [Zwartkop CC, Centurion, nr Pretoria, RSA].
1954Men EuropeBritish MastersPrince's291£500
Played as the Dunlop Masters. Second-placed and defending champion Harry Bradshaw (Ire) finished 3 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Prince's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1954Men EuropeDunlop TournamentSouthport & Ainsdale361£350
Played as the Dunlop 2000 Guineas Tournament (played over 90 holes). Second-placed Antonio Cerda (Arg) finished 1 shot behind Locke (S Africa). [Southport & Ainsdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1954Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre276x
Played as the Swiss Open. Won by Bobby Locke (S Africa). [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
1954Men EuropeGerman OpenKrefelder GC279x
Played as the German Open. Locke (RSA) beat Dai Rees (Wales) in a 9-hole playoff (Locke 37; Rees 38), which followed the two players remaining tied at 69 each after an 18-hole playoff. [Krefelder GC, Krefeld, nr Dusseldorf].
1954Men EuropeHarrogate TournamentOakdale GC276£250
Played as the Swallow-Harrogate Stroke Play Tournament. Second-placed Bill Shankland (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Oakdale GC, Harrogate, North Yorkshire].
1954Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr71.00x
Locke (RSA) won his third Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1954 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Locke's 71.00 was based on 25 rounds played.
1953Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie276x
Played as the Open de France. Second-placed Max Faulkner (Eng) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Locke (S Africa). [La Vallée course, La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1952Men EuropeFrench OpenSaint Germain268
Played as the Open de France (July 12-15). Second-placed Antonio Cerdá (Arg) finished 8 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Saint Germain GC, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, nr Paris].
1952Men EuropeLotus TournamentMoor Park266£350
Played as the Lotus £1,500 Tournament (discontinued after this event). Second-placed Harry Bradshaw finished 8 shots behind Locke (S Africa), who equalled the British 72-hole tournament record score of 266. [High course, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1952Men AmericaMexican OpenMexicali CC276
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf). Jimmy Demaret (USA) and defending champion Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished in second place behind Locke (S Africa). [CC de Mexicali, Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico].
1952Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Lytham287 (-1)£300
The Open Championship (81st) (July 9-11). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Locke (RSA). This was the third of Locke's four Open Championship wins. [Royal Lytham & St Annes GC, nr Blackpool, Lancs].
1951Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayHoughton4 & 3
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Defending champion Bobby Locke (S Africa) beat Harry Bradshaw (Ire) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1951Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton277x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Jimmy Boyd (S Africa, amateur) and Harry Bradshaw (Ire) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Locke (S Africa). This was the eighth of nine South African Open wins for Locke. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1950Men AmericaAll American OpenTam O'Shanter CC282 (-6)$2,500
Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Locke (S Africa) beat Lloyd Mangrum (USA) in an 18-hole playoff (Locke 69, Mangrum 73). [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1950Men EuropeDunlop TournamentWentworth Club353£350
Played as the Dunlop 2000 Guineas Tournament (played over 90 holes). Second-placed Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1950Men EuropeHarrogate TournamentPannal348£500
Played as the North British-Harrogate 2000 Guineas Tournament (over 90 holes). Second-placed Ken Bousfield (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Pannal GC, Pannal, nr Harrogate, N Yorks].
1950Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr70.03x
Locke (RSA) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1950 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Locke's 70.03 was based on 30 rounds played.
1950Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayDurban CC9 & 8
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Locke (S Africa) beat M.S. Hart 9 and 8 in the 36-hole final. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1950Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC280x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed A.R. "Sandy" Guthrie (S Africa) finished 11 shots behind Locke (S Africa). This was the seventh of nine South African Open wins for Locke. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1950Men EuropeSpalding TournamentWorthing GC267£300
Played as the Spalding £1,350 Tournament. Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) finished 2 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Lower course, Worthing GC, West Sussex].
1950Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Troon279 (-9)£300
The Open Championship (79th) (July 5-7). Second-placed Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Locke (RSA). This was the second of Locke's four Open Championship wins. [Old Course, Royal Troon GC, Troon, Ayrshire].
1949Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal St George's283 (-5)£300
The Open Championship (78th) (July 6-8). Bobby Locke (RSA) beat Harry Bradshaw (Ire) in a 36-hole playoff: Locke 135 (-9), Bradshaw 147 (+3). This was the first of Locke's four Open Championship wins. [Royal St George's GC, Sandwich, Kent].
1948Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ268 (-16)$2,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 22-25). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 1 shot behind Locke (RSA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1947Men AmericaAll American OpenTam O'Shanter CC276 (-12)$7,000
Played as the All American Open (aka the Tam O'Shanter). Locke (S Africa) beat Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) in a 36-hole playoff (Locke 140, Oliver 146). A PGA Tour "rookie" in 1947, this was Locke's fifth win in nine starts on the Tour, much to the growing annoyance of the American professionals. [Tam O'Shanter CC, Niles, nr Chicago, IL; now the municipal Tam O'Shanter Golf Course].
1947Men AmericaCanadian OpenScarboro G&CC, Ont.268 (-16)$2,000
Played as the Canadian Open. Second-placed Ed "Porky" Oliver (USA) finished 2 shots behind Locke (RSA). [Scarboro G&CC, Toronto, Ont.].
1947Men AmericaColumbus InvitationalColumbus CC274 (-14)$2,000
Played as the Columbus $10,000 Invitational (July 24-27). Second-placed Jimmy Demaret (USA) finished 5 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Columbus CC, Columbus, Ohio].
1947Men AmericaHouston OpenMemorial Park277 (-11)$2,000
Played as the Houston Open. Second-placed Ellsworth Vines (USA) and Johnny Palmer (USA) finished 5 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Memorial Park GC, Houston, TX].
1946Men EuropeBrand-Lochryn T'mentNorth Manchester287£500
Played as the inaugural Brand-Lochryn £1,500 Tournament. Second-placed Dai Rees (Wales) and Charlie Ward (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [North Manchester GC, Middleton, nr Manchester].
1946Men EuropeBritish MastersStoneham286£300
Played as the inaugural Dunlop Masters. Locke (S Africa) tied with James "Jimmy" Adams (Scot) to share the Dunlop Masters trophy. [Stoneham GC, Southampton, Hampshire].
1946Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr73.00x
Locke (RSA) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1946 Order of Merit winner. Award based on lowest scoring average in the season's top professional events. Locke's 73.00 was based on 40 rounds played.
1946Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayRoyal Johannesburg10 & 9
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship (not played 1941-45). Locke (S Africa) beat Sid Brews (S Africa) 10 and 9 in the 36-hole final. Locke continued where he left off before WW2, winning the event for the fourth straight time. [Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Jo'burg, RSA].
1946Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Johannesburg285x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Steve Boshoff (S Africa, amateur) finished 14 shots behind Locke (S Africa). This was the sixth of nine South African Open wins for Locke, and fifth straight win in the event. [Royal Johannesburg & Kensington GC, Jo'burg, RSA].
1946Men EuropeYorkshire Evening NewsMoortown283£200
Played as the Yorkshire Evening News 1000 Guineas Tournament. Second-placed A.G. Matthews (Eng) and Dai Rees (Wales) finished 7 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Moortown GC, nr Leeds, W Yorks, England].
1940Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayHumewood11 & 9
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Locke (S Africa) won this event for the third straight year beating Bertie Elkin (S Africa) 11 and 9 in the 36-hole final. [Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, RSA].
1940Men AfricaSouth African OpenHumewood293x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Steve Boshoff (S Africa, amateur) finished 10 shots behind Locke (S Africa). This was the fifth of nine South African Open wins for Locke, and fourth straight win in the event. [Humewood GC, Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, RSA].
1939Men EuropeDutch OpenKennemer281fl.500
Played as the Dutch Open (June 17/18). Second-placed Cecil Denny (Eng) finished 6 shots behind Locke (S Africa). [Kennemer G&CC, Zandvoort, Netherlands].
1939Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayDurban CC12 & 11
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Defending champion Locke (S Africa) beat M. Goldsmith 12 and 11 in the 36-hole final. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1939Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC279x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Bobby Bodmer (amateur) and Clarence Olander (S Africa, amateur) finished 8 shots behind Locke (S Africa). This was the fourth of nine South African Open wins for Locke, and third straight win in the event. [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1938Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock292x
Played as the Irish Open. Second-placed Henry Cotton (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Locke (RSA), who recorded his first win in Europe. [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1938Men Aus/NZNew Zealand OpenOtago GC288 (-4)
Played as the New Zealand Open (November). Second-placed Andrew "Andy" Shaw (Scot/NZ) and Basil J. Smith Jr (NZ) finished 3 shots behind 20-year-old Locke (S Africa). [Otago GC, Balmacewen, Dunedin, NZ].
1938Men AfricaSouth African Match PlayMaccauvlei4 & 3
Played as the South African Professional Match Play Ch'ship. Locke (S Africa) beat Sid Brews (S Africa) 4 and 3 in the 36-hole final. [Maccauvlei GC, Vereeniging, Free State, RSA].
1938Men AfricaSouth African OpenMaccauvlei279x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Sid Brews (S Africa) finished 5 shots behind defending champion Locke (S Africa), who had turned professional earlier in 1938. This was the third of nine South African Open wins for Locke. [Maccauvlei Golf Club, Vereeniging, Free State, RSA].
1937Men AfricaSouth African OpenEast London GC288amateur
Played as the South African Open. Defending champion and second-placed Clarence Olander (S Africa, amateur) finished 11 shots behind 19-year-old Locke (S Africa, amateur). This was the second of nine South African Open wins for Locke, who also won the South African Amateur title in 1937, beating Olander in the 36-hole final. [East London GC, Eastern Cape, RSA].
1935Men AfricaSouth African OpenParkview GC296amateur
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Jock Verwey (S Africa, amateur) finished 3 shots behind 17-year-old Locke (S Africa, amateur), who became the youngest South African Open champion. This was the first of nine South African Open wins for Locke, who also won the South African Amateur title in 1935. [Parkview GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

 

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