Who's who in golf - Mark James

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Name: - Mark Hugh James
Country: - England
Born : - October 28th, 1953 in Barton, Manchester, England.
Original Home/Club: - Manchester, England
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf commentator.
Turned Pro: - 1976
Web Address: - http://www.tourmasterclasses.com

Roll of Honour

Senior majors (1). Walker Cup player (1975). Ryder Cup player (1977, '79, '81, '89, '91, '93, '95). Ryder Cup captain (1999). Total professional wins (31, to date), of which European Tr (18), US Champions Tr (3) and European Snr Tr (2).

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This English golfer, sometimes known as "Jesse" after the fabled American cowboy Jesse James, had a long career on the European Tour, playing in seven Ryder Cups along the way. He famously captained the Ryder Cup in 1999, at what became known as the "Battle of Brookline." This particular Ryder Cup, written about in his book "Into the Bear Pit," is remembered for James' controversial decision to leave out two Ryder Cup stalwarts from the team (Bernhard Langer and Nick Faldo), his decision not to play the three rookies (Jan van de Velde, Jarmo Sandelin and Andrew Coltart) until the Sunday singles, and also the overly boisterous behaviour of some of the American fans. James' own battle with testicular cancer, was the subject of his second book, "After the Bear Pit."

Top tournaments won by Mark James

2009Snr EuropeMallorca Snr OpenSon Gual206 (-10)€45,000
Played as the inaugural Son Gual Mallorca Senior Open (May 8-10). James (Eng) beat Eamonn Darcy (Ire) at the third playoff hole. [Son Gual GC, nr Palma, Mallorca, Spain].
2007Snr AmericaBoca Raton ChampionshipBroken Sound201 (-15)$240,000
Played as the inaugural Allianz Championship (Feb 9-11). Second-placed Jay Haas (USA) finished 2 shots behind James (Eng), who recorded the last of his three Champions Tour wins. [Old course, Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton, FL].
2005Snr AmericaChubb ClassicTwinEagles203 (-13)$240,000
Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 18-20). Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Tom Wargo (USA) finished 2 shots behind James (Eng), who posted his second Champions Tour win. [Talon course, TwinEagles Club, Naples, FL].
2005Snr EuropeTravis Perkins MastersWoburn207 (-9)€49,475
Played as the Bovis LendLease European Senior Masters (Sept 2-4). James (Eng) beat Sam Torrance (Scot) at the first playoff hole. [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
2004Snr MajorsSenior Players Ch'shipTPC Michigan275 (-13)$375,000
Played as the Ford Senior Players Championship (July 8-11). Second-placed Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) finished 1 shot behind James (Eng), who claimed his first Champions Tour win and first major championship title. [TPC Michigan, Dearborn, Detroit, Mich.].
1997Men EuropeSpanish OpenLa Moraleja277 (-11)£84,843
Played as the Peugeot Open de Espana. James (Eng) beat Greg Norman (Aus) at the third playoff hole. [No.2 course, Golf La Moraleja, Alcobendas, nr Madrid].
1995Men EuropeMoroccan OpenRoyal Agadir275 (-13)£58,330
Played as the Moroccan Open (March 9-12). Second-placed David Gilford (Eng) finished 1 shot behind James (Eng). [Royal GC Agadir, Agadir, Morocco].
1993Men EuropeCanaries OpenGolf del Sur275 (-13)£58,330
Played as the Turespana Iberia Open de Canarias (Feb 11-14). Second-placed De Wet Basson (RSA) finished 6 shots behind James (Eng). [Golf del Sur, nr Los Abrigos, Tenerife].
1993Men EuropeMadeira Islands OpenSanto da Serra281 (-7)£41,660
Played as the inaugural Madeira Island Open (Jan 14-17; Eurpn Tr season opener). Second-placed Gordon J. Brand (Eng) and Paul Broadhurst (Eng) finished 3 shots behind James (Eng). [Santo da Serra GC, Machico, Madeira; at the time known as GC Madeira].
1990Men EuropeBritish MastersWoburn270 (-18)£50,000
Played as the Dunhill British Masters (May 31-Jun 3). Second-placed David Feherty (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind James (Eng). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
1990Men EuropeEnglish OpenBelfry, The284 (-4)£66,660
Played as the NM English Open (Aug 16-19). Defending champion James (Eng) beat Sam Torrance (Scot) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1989Men EuropeAGF OpenLa Grande Motte277 (-11)£22,909
Played as the AGF Open (March 24-27). Mark Mouland (Wales) finished 3 shots behind James (Eng). [Flamants Rose course, La Grande Motte GC, nr Montpellier, France].
1989Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC277 (-11)£41,660
Played as the inaugural Karl Litten Desert Classic (March 2-5; Eurpn Tr event). James (Eng) beat Peter O'Malley (Aus) with a birdie at the first playoff hole, to claim his tenth European Tour win. [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
1989Men EuropeEnglish OpenBelfry, The279 (-9)£41,660
Played as the NM English Open (June 15-18). Second-placed Eamonn Darcy (Ire), Sam Torrance (Scot) and Craig Parry (Aus) finished 1 shot behind James (Eng). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1988Men EuropeSpanish OpenPedrena262 (-18)£27,703
Played as the Peugeot Spanish Open. Second-placed Nick Faldo (Eng) finished 3 shots behind James (Eng). [Golf de Pedrena, Pedrena, nr Santander. Now known as Real (Royal) Pedrena].
1986Men EuropeB&H Intl. OpenFulford274 (-14)£30,000
Played as the Benson & Hedges International Open (Aug 14-17). James (Eng) beat Lee Trevino (USA) and Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Fulford GC, York, North Yorkshire].
1985Men EuropeL'Equipe OpenLe Touquet272 (-16)£11,954
Played as the GSI L'Equipe Open (May 16-19). Second-placed Carl Mason (Eng) finished 3 shots behind James (Eng). [La Mer course, Le Touquet GC, Nord-Pas-de-Calais].
1983Men EuropeTunisian OpenEl Kantaoui284 (-4)£10,000
Played as the Tunisian Open (April 14-17; European Tour season-opener). Second-placed Gordon Brand Jr (Scot), Gordon J. Brand (Eng) and Tom Sieckmann (USA) finished 2 shots behind Mark James (Eng). [El Kantaoui Golf Intl, nr Sousse, Tunisia].
1982Men EuropeItalian OpenIs Molas280 (-8)£8,205
Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Bobby Clampett (USA) and Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 3 shots behind James (Eng). [Is Molas Resort, Pula, nr Cagliari, Sardinia].
1980Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock284 (-4)£11,950
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 1 shot behind defending champion James (Eng). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1979Men EuropeIrish OpenPortmarnock282 (-6)£10,000
Played as Carroll's Irish Open. Second-placed Markus Agren (Nepal, amateur) finished 1 shot behind James (Eng). [Portmarnock GC, nr Dublin, Ireland].
1979Men EuropeWelsh Classic (Coral)Wenvoe Castle278 (-6)£5,000
Played as the inaugural Welsh Golf Classic (June 14-17). James (Eng) beat Mike Miller (Scot) with a par at the third playoff hole, to record his second European Tour win. Eddie Polland (N.Ire) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Wenvoe Castle GC, Wenvoe, nr Cardiff, S Wales].
1978Men EuropeBritish Match PlayDalmahoy3 & 2£8,000
Played as the Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship (Jun 28-Jul 1). James (Eng) beat Neil Coles (Eng) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final to record his first European Tour win. [East course, Dalmahoy Hotel & CC, nr Edinburgh].
1976Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr9,681 pts£10,309
Mark James (Eng) won the European Tour 1976 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. James finished 15th on the Tour's (points-based) Order of Merit; he won £10,309 in prize money during the season.


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