Who's who in golf - David Graham

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Name: - Anthony David Graham
Country: - Australia
Born : - On May 23rd, 1946 in Windsor, Tasmania, Australia.
Original Home/Club: - Windsor, Tasmania
Occupation: - Professional golfer, course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1962 (age 16)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (1981); US PGA Ch'ship (1979). Presidents Cup captain (1994). Total professional wins (38), of which Australasian Tr (8), US PGA Tr (8), European Tr (2), Japan Tr (1) and Champions Tr (5). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2015).

Golf course design

From 1988 to 1997, David Graham teamed up with course architect Gary Panks, to produce several excellent designs, including (but not limited to): Talon course, Grayhawk (AZ); Raven at South Mountain (AZ); Burapha (Thailand); Turtle Point course, Laguna Whitsundays (Aus).

Did you know?

David Graham is one of the best Australian golfers of the modern era. With wins on six different continents during his career, he was victorious in two major championships and secured eight US PGA Tour titles. He played on the Champions Tour, but was diagnosed with congestive heart failure in 2004, aged 58, after which he gave up competitive golf. Working with Gary Panks between 1988 and 1997, Graham contributed to the design of several top-quality golf courses.

Top tournaments won by David Graham

1999Snr AmericaGold Rush ClassicSerrano CC199 (-17)$165,000
Played as the Raley's Gold Rush Classic (Oct 15-17). Second-placed Larry Mowry (USA) finished 4 shots behind Graham (Aus), who recorded the last of his five Snr PGA Tour wins. [Serrano CC, El Dorado Hills, nr Sacramento, CA].
1998Snr AmericaRoyal Caribbean ClassicCrandon, Key Biscayne202 (-11)$127,500
Played as the Royal Caribbean Classic (Jan 29-Feb 1). Graham (Aus) beat Dave Stockton (USA) with a birdie at the tenth playoff hole, the longest sudden-death playoff in Snr PGA Tour history. [Crandon Golf at Key Biscayne, nr Miami, FL; at the time known as Crandon Pk GC].
1997Snr AmericaComfort ClassicBrickyard Crossing200 (-16)$157,500
Played as the Comfort Classic at the Brickyard (Sept 19-21; formerly Brickyard Crossing Championship). Second-placed Larry Nelson (USA) and Bud Allin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Graham (Aus). [Brickyard Crossing GC, Indianapolis, IN].
1997Snr AmericaSan Antonio Ch'shipDominion CC206 (-10)$120,000
Played as the Southwestern Bell Dominion (March 28-30). Second-placed John Jacobs (USA) finished 1 shot behind Graham (Aus). [Dominion CC, San Antonio, Texas].
1997Snr AmericaTampa Bay Pro-AmTPC Tampa Bay204 (-9)$135,000
Played as the GTE Classic (Feb 14-16). Second-placed Bob Dickson (USA) finished 3 shots behind first-time Snr PGA Tour winner Graham (Aus). [TPC Tampa Bay, Lutz, nr Tampa, FL].
1983Men AmericaHouston OpenWoodlands CC, TX275 (-9)$72,000
Played as the Houston Coca-Cola Open (May 5-8). Second-placed Lee Elder (USA), Lee Trevino (USA) and Jim Thorpe (USA) finished 5 shots behind Graham (Aus), who recorded the last of his eight PGA Tour wins. [The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
1982Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche276£13,272
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by David Graham (Aus). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1981Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ268 (-16)$54,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 22-25). Second-placed Lon Hinkle (USA) finished 1 shot behind Graham (Aus). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1981Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche280x
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by David Graham (Aus). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1981Men MajorsUS OpenMerion GC273 (-7)$55,000
The US Open (81st) (June 18-21). Second-placed Bill Rogers (USA) and George Burns (USA) finished 3 shots behind Graham (Aus), who recorded the second of his two major championship wins. [East Course, Merion GC, Ardmore, nr Philadelphia, PA].
1980Men AmericaMemorial TournamentMuirfield Village280 (-8)$54,000
Played as The Memorial Tournament (May 22-25). Second-placed and defending champion Tom Watson (USA) finished 1 shot behind Graham (Aus), who recorded his fifth PGA Tour win. [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].
1980Men AmericaMexican OpenBellavista GC, Mex279
Played as the Mexican Open (Abierto Mexicano de Golf) (for the first time since 1977). Jerry Pate (USA) finished in second place behind Graham (Aus). [GC Bellavista, Ciudad López Mateos, nr Mexico City].
1979Men Aus/NZAir New Zealand OpenRoyal Wellington279 (-5)
Played as the Air New Zealand Shell Open (Nov 29-Dec 2). Second-placed Rodger Davis (Aus) finished 8 shots behind Graham (Aus). [Wellington GC, Heretaunga, Upper Hutt, nr Wellington, NZ; from 2004 Royal Wellington GC].
1979Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipOakland Hills272 (-8)$60,000
The US PGA Championship (61st) (Aug 2-5). First-time major championship winner Graham (Aus) beat Ben Crenshaw (USA) with a birdie at the third playoff hole (par-3 3rd). [South course, Oakland Hills CC, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan].
1977Men Aus/NZAustralian OpenAustralian, The284 (-4)A$39,600
Played as the Australian Open (Nov 17-20). Second-placed Don January (USA), Bruce Lietzke (USA) and John Lister (NZ) finished 3 shots behind Graham (Aus). [The Australian GC, Rosebery, Sydney, Aus].
1976Men AmericaAmerican ClassicFirestone CC274 (-14)$40,000
Played as the American Golf Classic. Second-placed Lou Graham (USA) finished 4 shots behind Graham (Aus). [North course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1976Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC272 (-12)$60,000
Played for the first time as the American Express Westchester Classic. Second-placed Ben Crenshaw (USA), Tom Watson (USA) and Fuzzy Zoeller (USA) finished 3 shots behind Graham (Aus). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1976Men JapanThe CrownsNagoya GC
Played as the Chunichi Crowns - International Invitation Golf (Apr 29-May 2; Japan Tr event). Won by Graham (Aus), who recorded his first and only Japan Tour victory. [Wago course, Nagoya GC, Aichi, Japan].
1976Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club38th hole£25,000
Played as the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship (Oct 7-9; field of eight players). Graham (Aus) beat defending champion Hale Irwin (USA) at the 38th hole in the final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1971Men AmericaVenezuela OpenValle Arriba GC272 (-8)
Played as the Caracas Open. Second-placed Tommy Bolt (USA) finished 1 shot behind Graham (Aus). [Valle Arriba GC, Caracas, Venezuela].
1970Men EuropeFrench OpenChantaco268x
Played as the French Open. Florentino Molina (Arg) and defending champion Jean Garaïalde (Fra) finished in second place behind Graham (Aus). [Chantaco GC, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, nr Biarritz].
1970Men AsiaThailand Open
Played as the Thailand Open. Won by Graham (Aus).


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