Who's who in golf - Peter Oosterhuis


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Name: - Peter Oosterhuis
Country: - England
Born : - On May 3rd, 1948 in the London Borough of Lambeth.
Original Home/Club: - Dulwich & Sydenham Hill GC, South London.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; TV commentator.
Turned Pro: - 1968

Roll of Honour

Walker Cup player (1967). Ryder Cup player (1971, '73, '75, '77, '79, '81). Multiple wins on the European and US PGA tours. British PGA Rookie of the Year (1969). European Tr Order of Merit winner for four straight years (1971, '72, '73, '74).


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Before the emergence of Nick Faldo in the 1980s, "Oostie" was the most successful English golfer of the modern era. His great achievement of winning four successive European Order of Merit titles (1971-74), was eventually overhauled by the seven back-to-back titles won by Colin Montgomerie (1993-99).


Top tournaments won by Peter Oosterhuis

1981Men AmericaCanadian OpenGlen Abbey280 (-4)$76,500
Played as the Canadian Open (July 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Bruce Lietzke (USA), Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Andy North (USA) finished 1 shot behind Peter Oosterhuis (Eng), who recorded his only PGA Tour win. [Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, nr Toronto, Ont.].
1974Men EuropeEl Paraiso OpenEl Paraiso GC212 (-4)£3,000
Played as the El Paraiso Open (Oct 24-26; one-off European Tour event). Oosterhuis (Eng) beat Manuel Ballesteros (Esp) with a birdie 4 at the first playoff hole. Event reduced to 54 holes and a Saturday finish due to bad weather. [El Paraiso GC, nr Estepona, Costa del Sol, Spain].
1974Men EuropeFrench OpenChantilly284 (+4)£2,175
Played as the French Open. Second-placed Peter Townsend (Eng) finished 2 shots behind defending champion Oosterhuis (Eng). [Vineuil course, Golf de Chantilly, nr Paris].
1974Men EuropeItalian OpenVenezia GC249£6,660
Played as the Italian Open. Second-placed Dale Hayes (RSA) and Johnny Miller (USA) finished 2 shots behind Oosterhuis (Eng). Tournament played over 63 holes. [Venezia GC, Lido di Venezia, Veneto].
1974Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.76n/a
Oosterhuis (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Dale Hayes (RSA) was second with 71.47; Neil Coles (Eng) was third with 71.73. Gary Player (RSA) averaged 71.00, but played in only five tournaments (14 rounds).
1974Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr2,964 pts£32,127
Oosterhuis (Eng) won his fourth straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1974 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Oosterhuis accumulated 2,964.99 pts; Dale Hayes (RSA) was second with 2,378.83 pts; Bernard Gallacher (Scot) was third with 2,148.40 points. Oosterhuis also topped the Tour's 1974 Prize Money List with £32,127; Tony Jacklin (Eng) was second with £19,546; Bernard Gallacher (Scot) was third with £18,514.
1973Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club280 (-8)£2,194
Played as the Viyella PGA Championship. Second-placed Dale Hayes (RSA) and Donald Swaelens (Belg) finished 3 shots behind Oosterhuis (Eng). [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1973Men EuropeFrench OpenLa Boulie280 (-4)£2,293
Played as the French Open. Second-placed Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Oosterhuis (Eng). [La Boulie GC (RCF), Versailles, nr Paris].
1973Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr71.12n/a
Oosterhuis (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour. Tony Jacklin (Eng) was second with 71.51; Valentin Barrios (Esp) was third with 71.92.
1973Men AmericaMaracaibo OpenMaracaibo CC
Played as the Maracaibo Open. Second-placed Tony Jacklin (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Oosterhuis (Eng). [Maracaibo CC, Maracaibo, Venezuela].
1973Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr3,440 pts£17,454
Oosterhuis (Eng) won his third straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1973 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Oosterhuis accumulated 3440.42 pts; Maurice Bembridge (Eng) was second with 2980.14 pts; Hugh Baiocchi (RSA) was third with 2904.35 pts. Tony Jacklin (Eng) topped the Tour's 1973 Prize Money List with £24,839; Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) was second with £17,454; Neil Coles (Eng) was third with £14,747.
1973Men EuropePiccadilly MedalCoventry GC67x
Played as the Piccadilly Medal (medal match play format). Oosterhuis (Eng) beat Terence Westerbrook (USA) by 5 shots in the 18-hole final (Oosterhuis 67; Westerbrook 73). [Coventry GC, Finham, Coventry, Warwicks].
1972Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.66n/a
Oosterhuis (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the European Tour, with 70.66. Guy Hunt (Eng) was second with 71.54; Brian Huggett (Wales) was third with 71.73. All three played c.60 rounds. Amongst those playing less than 40 rounds on the Tour, Graham Marsh (Aus) averaged 70.35 over 20 rounds; Tony Jacklin (Eng) 70.38 over 26 rounds, and Bob Charles (NZ) 71.00 over 19 rounds.
1972Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr1,751 pts£18,525
Oosterhuis (Eng) won his second straight Harry Vardon Trophy as the European Tour 1972 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Oosterhuis accumulated 1751 pts; Guy Hunt (Eng) was second with 1710 pts; Brian Huggett (Wales) was third with 1702 pts. Oosterhuis also topped the Tour's 1972 Prize Money List with £18,525; Brian Huggett (Wales) was second with £10,166; Guy Hunt (Eng) was third with £9,808.
1972Men EuropePenfold TournamentQueen's Park GC285 (+1)£1,500
Played as the Penfold Bournemouth Tournament. Oosterhuis (Eng) beat Christy O'Connor Jr (Ire) with a birdie 3 at the first playoff hole. [Queen's Park GC, Bournemouth, Dorset].
1971Men EuropeAgfa Gevaert T'mentStoke Park276 (-8)£1,000
Played as the Agfa-Gevaert Tournament (May 20-22). Second-placed David Huish (Scot) and Brian Barnes (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Oosterhuis (Eng). [Stoke Park CC, Stoke Poges, Bucks].
1971Men EuropeBowmaker TournamentRoyal Mid-Surrey132£600
Played as the Sunbeam Electric Tournament (a 36-hole pro-am event; formerly the Bowmaker Tournament). Second-placed Peter Thomson (Aus) finished 4 shots behind Oosterhuis (Eng). [Outer course, Royal Mid-Surrey GC, Richmond, Surrey. Now called the J.H. Taylor course.].
1971Men AwardsLow Stroke Ave - Eurpn Tr70.50n/a
Oosterhuis (Eng) recorded the season's lowest stroke average on the GB&I PGA Tour, with 70.50. Ramon Sota (Esp) was second with 71.14; Maurice Bembridge (Eng) was third with 71.59. Amongst those playing less than 40 rounds on the Tour, Roberto De Vicenzo (Arg) averaged 69.89 over 29 rounds; Tony Jacklin (Eng) 69.94 over 17 rounds, and David Graham (Aus) 70.11 over 18 rounds.
1971Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Tr1,292 pts£9,269
Oosterhuis (Eng) won the Harry Vardon Trophy as the British PGA Tour 1971 Order of Merit winner. Using a season-long points system, Oosterhuis accumulated 1292.5 pts; Neil Coles (Eng) was second with 1285.5 pts; Maurice Bembridge (Eng) was third with 1222.5 pts. Gary Player (RSA) topped the Tour's 1971 Prize Money List with £11,281; Neil Coles (Eng) was second with £10,479; Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) was third with £9,269.
1971Men EuropePiccadilly MedalSoutherndown129x
Played as the Piccadilly Medal (medal match play format). Oosterhuis (Eng) beat Eric Brown (Scot) by 6 shots in the 36-hole final (Oosterhuis 73, 56; Brown 73, 62 retd.). [Southerndown GC, Ogmore by Sea, nr Bridgend, S Wales].
1969Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr815 pts£854
Oosterhuis (Eng) won the British PGA 1969 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season tour player. Oosterhuis finished 16th on the PGA's (points-based) Order of Merit; he won £854 in prize money during the season.

 

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