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Name: - Ian Harold Woosnam
Country: - Wales
Born : - On March 2nd, 1958 in Oswestry, Shropshire, England.
Original Home/Club: - Oswestry, England / Llanymynech GC (which straddles the England-Wales border).
Occupation: - Professional golfer; golf course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1976
Web Address: - http://www.woosie.com

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): Masters Tournament (1991). Ryder Cup player (1983, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93, '95, '97). Ryder Cup captain (2006). Total professional wins (50, to date), of which European Tr (29), US PGA Tr (2) and European Snr Tr (4). European Tr Order of Merit winner (1987, '90). Has held the official ranking of world's No.1 male golfer. World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2017). Appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, OBE (2007).


Did you know?

Ian Woosnam, also known as "Woosie", has had enormous success as a golfer over many years. His biggest victories came in the 1991 Masters Tournament and as non-playing captain of the 2006 European Ryder Cup team, who prevailed over the USA at the K Club in Ireland.


Top tournaments won by Ian Woosnam

2015Snr AmericaInsperity InvtlWoodlands CC, TX205 (-11)$307,500
Played as the Insperity Invitational (May 1-3). First-time Champions Tour winner Woosnam (Wales) beat Kenny Perry (USA) and Tom Lehman (USA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Tournament course, The Woodlands CC, nr Houston, TX].
2014Snr EuropeDutch Snr OpenInternational, NdL208 (-11)€30,475
Played as the Dutch Senior Open (Oct 10-12). Second-placed David J. Russell (Eng), Philip Golding (Eng) and George Ryall (Eng) finished 5 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [The International GC, Amsterdam Airport, Netherlands].
2011Snr EuropeBerenberg MastersKoln, Refrath207 (-9)€60,000
Played as the Berenberg Bank Masters (June 17-19). Second-placed Angel Fernandez (Chile) finished 2 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Golf & Land Club Köln, Refrath, nr Cologne, Germany].
2009Snr EuropeIrish Snr OpenBallybunion211 (-2)€52,500
Played as the Irish Seniors Open in association with Fáilte Ireland & AIB Bank (June 5-7). Woosnam (Wales) beat Bob Boyd (USA) at the third playoff hole. [Old course, Ballybunion GC, Co. Kerry].
2008Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr€320,120see Score
Woosnam (Wales) won the Eurpn Snr Tr 2008 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of €320,120 on the Tour. Gordon J. Brand (Eng) was second with €257,744; Peter Mitchell (Eng) was third with €217,488.
2008Snr EuropePolish Snr Ch'shipKrakow Valley202 (-14)€42,000
Played as the inaugural (and only) Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship (May 30-June 1). Second-placed Domingo Hospital (Esp) finished 1 shot behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Woosnam (Wales), who recorded his first strokeplay win since 1997. [Krakow Valley G&CC, Krzeszowice, nr Krakow, Poland].
2008Snr AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Snr€320,120see Score
Woosnam (Wales) won the European Senior Tour 2008 Hardy's Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. He finished top of the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of €320,120.
2008Snr EuropeRussian Snr OpenPestovo G&YC204 (-12)€71,433
Played as the inaugural Russian Seniors Open (July 4-6; next played in 2013). Second-placed Angel Franco (Para) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales), who recorded his second European Snr Tour win. [Pestovo Golf & Yacht Club, Marfino, nr Moscow].
2001Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club2 & 1£250,000
Played as the Cisco World Match Play Championship (Oct 11-14). Woosnam (Wales) beat Pádraig Harrington (Ire) 2 and 1 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1997Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club275 (-13)£183,340
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship. Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng), Darren Clarke (N.Ire) and Ernie Els (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1996Men EuropeGerman OpenSchloss Nippenburg193 (-20)£116,660
Played as the Volvo German Open. Second-placed Thomas Gogele (Ger), Robert Karlsson (Swe), Iain Pyman (Eng) and Fernando Roca (Esp) finished 6 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). Tournament Reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Schloss Nippenburg, Schwieberdingen, nr Stuttgart].
1996Men Aus/NZHeineken ClassicVines Resort, Aus277£93,339
Played as the Heineken Classic (first year as a Eurpn Tour / Aus Tour co-sanctioned event). Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales). [The Vines Resort & CC, nr Perth, Aus].
1996Men AsiaJohnnie Walker ClassicTanah Merah272 (-16)£100,000
Played as the Johnnie Walker Classic (Eurpn Tr event in Asia). Woosnam (Wales) beat Andrew Coltart (Scot) with a birdie at the third playoff hole. [Tanah Merah CC, Singapore].
1996Men EuropeScottish OpenCarnoustie289 (+1)£80,000
Played as the Scottish Open. Second-placed Andrew Coltart (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Championship course, Carnoustie Golf Links, Angus].
1994Men EuropeBritish MastersWoburn271 (-17)£108,330
Played as the Dunhill British Masters. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
1994Men EuropeCannes OpenCannes Mougins271£50,000
Played as the Air France Cannes Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales).
1993Men EuropeEnglish OpenForest of Arden269 (-19)£100,000
Played as Murphy's English Open. Second-placed Costantino Rocca (Italy) finished 2 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Arden course, Forest of Arden CC, Meriden, nr Birmingham].
1993Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche267£91,500
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1992Men EuropeMonte Carlo OpenMonte Carlo GC261£73,475
Played as the European Monte Carlo Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales) for the third straight year.
1991Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfHokuala135 (-9)$400,000
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (Nov 12/13; unofficial event for the season's four Major winners; first time as a 36-hole event). Second-placed Ian Baker-Finch (The Open) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (The Masters). Third with 141 was Payne Stewart (US Open). Fourth with 143 was John Daly (US PGA). [Ocean course at Hokuala, Lihue, Kauai, Hawaiian Islands; at the time known as Kauai Lagoons GC].
1991Men EuropeMediterranean OpenEsterel279£66,600
Played as the Fujitsu Mediterranean Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales). [Golf l'Esterel, Saint Raphaël, French Riviera].
1991Men EuropeMonte Carlo OpenMonte Carlo GC261£68,928
Played as the Torras Monte Carlo Open. Won by defending champion Ian Woosnam (Wales).
1991Men AmericaNew Orleans ClassicEnglish Turn275 (-13)$180,000
Played as the USF&G Classic (March 21-24). First-time PGA Tour winner Woosnam (Wales) beat Jim Hallet (USA) with a par at the second playoff hole. [English Turn G&CC, New Orleans, LA].
1991Men MajorsThe MastersAugusta National277 (-11)$243,000
The Masters Tournament (55th) (April 11-14). Second-placed José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner Woosnam (Wales). The first Welshman to win the Masters, "Woosie" continued a run of four straight Masters titles for British players. [Augusta National GC, Augusta, GA].
1991Men EuropeWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Le Querce273 (-15)$75,000
Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Anders Forsbrand & Per-Ulrik Johansson (Swe). [Le Querce GC, Sutri, nr Rome. Now called Golf Nazionale].
1990Men EuropeGrand Prix of EuropeSt Pierre271 (-13)£66,660
Played as the Epson Grand Prix of Europe (Sept 27-30; first time as a stroke play event). Second-placed Mark McNulty (Zim) and José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, S Wales].
1990Men EuropeMediterranean OpenLas Brisas210£66,660
Played as the Amex Mediterranean Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales). Played over 54 holes only.
1990Men EuropeMonte Carlo OpenMonte Carlo GC258£59,158
Played as the Torras Monte Carlo Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales).
1990Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£574,166see Score
Woosnam (Wales) won his second Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1990 Volvo Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £574,166 on the Tour. Mark McNulty (Zim) was second with £507,540; Jose Maria Olazabal (Esp) was third with £434,765.
1990Men EuropeScottish OpenGleneagles269 (-15)£66,660
Played as Bell's Scottish Open. Second-placed Mark McNulty (Zim) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire].
1990Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club4 & 2£100,000
Played as the Suntory World Match Play Championship. Woosnam (Wales) beat Mark McNulty (Zim) 4 and 2 in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1989Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock278 (-10)£43,782
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Defending champion Woosnam (Wales) beat Philip Walton (Ire) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1988Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club274 (-14)£50,000
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship. Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and Mark James (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1988Men EuropeEuropean OpenSunningdale, Eng260 (-20)£50,000
Played as the Panasonic European Open (Sept 87-11). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Old course, Sunningdale GC, Sunningdale, Berks].
1988Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock278 (-10)£38,689
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng), José María Olazábal (Esp), Manuel Piñero (Esp) and Des Smyth (Ire) finished 7 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1988Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Trn/a
Woosnam (Wales) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour (requires verification).
1987Men AsiaHong Kong OpenHong Kong GC275 (-9)A$38,000
Played as the Hong Kong Open. Second-placed David Feherty (N.Ire) and Sam Torrance (Scot) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Championship Composite course, Hong Kong GC, Fanling; at the time called Royal Hong Kong GC].
1987Men EuropeJersey OpenLa Moye279 (-9)£16,160
Played as the Jersey Open. Second-placed Bill Malley (USA) finished 1 shot behind Woosnam (Wales). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
1987Men EuropeMadrid OpenPuerta de Hierro269 (-19)£27,500
Played as the Cepsa Madrid Open. Second-placed Wayne Grady (Aus) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Real (Royal) Club de la Puerta de Hierro, Madrid].
1987Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC274 (-14)$1,000,000
Played as the Million Dollar Golf Challenge (Dec 3-6; unofficial event; limited field of eight top tour professionals). Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 4 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). For the first time in golf history a first prize of $1 million was on offer. For this year only, the event was based on winner-take-all, with no payouts for those coming second or lower. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
1987Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr£253,717see Score
Woosnam (Wales) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1987 Epson Order of Merit winner, with earnings of £253,717 on the Tour. Mark McNulty (Zim) was second with £189,303; Nick Faldo (Eng) was third with £181,833.
1987Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - Eurpn Trxn/a
Woosnam (Wales) won the European Tour Golfer of the Year Award, determined by a panel of representatives from the European Tour, golf writers, and TV and radio commentators.
1987Men EuropeScottish OpenGleneagles264 (-20)£33,330
Played as Bell's Scottish Open. Second-placed Peter Senior (Aus) finished 7 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [King's Course, Gleneagles Hotel, Auchterarder, Perthshire].
1987Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche264£50,000
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1987Men AmericaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Kapalua Resort274 (-14)$50,000
Played as the World Cup of Golf by Kraft General Foods (individual low score) (Nov 18-21). Sandy Lyle (Scot) finished 5 shots behind Ian Woosnam (Wales), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Ian Woosnam & David Llewelyn (Wales). [Bay course, Kapalua Resort, Maui, Hawaii].
1987Men EuropeWorld Match PlayWentworth Club1 hole£75,000
Played as the Suntory World Match Play Championship. Woosnam (Wales) beat Sandy Lyle (Scot) by 1 hole in the 36-hole final. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1986Men AfricaKenya OpenMuthaiga GC273 (-11)£9,455
Played as the 555 Kenya Open (Safari Tr event). Woosnam (Wales) beat Bill Longmuir (Scot) in a playoff. [Muthaiga GC, Nairobi, Kenya].
1986Men EuropeLawrence Batley Intl.Belfry, The277 (-11)£21,660
Played as the Lawrence Batley International TPC (incorporating the European Tour's 1986 TPC of Europe). Second-placed Ken Brown (Scot) and Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) finished 7 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1984Men EuropeScand Ent'prise OpenUllna GC280£22,779
Played as the Scandanavian Enterprise Open. Won by Ian Woosnam (Wales).
1983Men EuropeBritish MastersSt Pierre269 (-15)£16,660
Played as the Silk Cut Masters. Second-placed Bernhard Gallacher (Scot) finished 3 shots behind Woosnam (Wales). Finishing 1 shot further back in third place was Nick Faldo (Eng). [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, S Wales].
1982Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre272 (-16)£10,085
Played as the Ebel European Masters Swiss Open (formerly the Swiss Open). Woosnam (Wales) beat Bill Longmuir (Scot) at the third playoff hole. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].

 

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