Who's who in golf - Tommy Horton


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Name: - Thomas Alfred "Tommy" Horton
Country: - England
Lived : - [1942-2017]. Born on June 16th, 1942 in St Helens, Lancashire, England. Died on December 7, 2017 in Jersey, Channel Islands, aged 76.
Original Home/Club: - Royal Jersey GC, Grouville, Jersey.
Occupation: - Professional golfer, golf coach, course designer, golf writer and broadcaster.
Turned Pro: - 1957

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1975, '77). Total professional wins (42), of which European circuit/Tour (8) and European Snr Tr (23). European Snr Tr Order of Merit winner (1993, '96, '97, '98, '99). Appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire, MBE (2000).


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Known throughout the golfing world as a true gentleman of the game, Horton was born on Merseyside, but moved to Jersey in the Channel Islands when he was aged five. He was a cornerstone of the European professional circuit in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s, making Ryder Cup appearances in 1975 and 1977.

During Horton's playing days on the European Tour (1971-94), fifth was his best finish on the Tour's Order of Merit. However, Horton enjoyed much greater success on the European Senior Tour, winning the Order of Merit on a record five occasions in the 1990s.


Top tournaments won by Tommy Horton

2000Snr EuropeBarbados OpenRoyal Westmoreland208 (-8)€26,514
Played as the inaugural Royal Westmoreland Barbados Open (March 30-April 1; Eurpn Snr Tr season opener). Second-placed Jerry Bruner (USA) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng), who won the Tour's season-opening event for the fourth straight year, and recorded the last of his 23 wins on the European Snr Tour. [Royal Westmoreland, St James, Barbados].
1999Snr EuropeBeko ClassicKlassis G&CC211 (-5)€43,125
Played as the Beko Classic (May 7-9; Eurpn Snr Tr season opener). Second-placed Alan Tapie (USA) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Klassis G&CC, Silivri, nr Istanbul, Turkey].
1999Snr EuropeMonte Carlo Invtl.Monte Carlo GC207 (E)€28,000
Played as the inaugural Monte Carlo Invitational (Sept 9-11). Second-placed Bill Brask (USA), Ray Carrasco (USA) and Jerry Bruner (USA) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng), whose late charge included five birdies in the final six holes. [Monte-Carlo GC, Mont Agel, La Turbie, French Riviera].
1999Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr€138,943see Score
Horton (Eng) won his fifth (and fourth straight) Eurpn Snr Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 1999 season earnings of €138,943 on the Tour. Eddie Polland (N.Ire) was second with €106,977; Jerry Bruner (USA) was third with €105,243.
1998Snr EuropeDe Vere Snr ClassicBelton Woods211 (-5)£15,000
Played as the De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic (June 12-14). Second-placed Ian Richardson (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng). [Belton Woods Htl & GC, nr Grantham, Lincs, England].
1998Snr EuropeEl Bosque Snrs OpenEl Bosque, Esp201 (-15)£16,660
Played as the inaugural (and only) El Bosque Seniors Open (May 1-3; Eurpn Snr Tr season opener). Second-placed Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) finished 9 shots behind Horton (Eng). [El Bosque GC, Chiva, nr Valencia, Spain].
1998Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr£127,656see Score
Horton (Eng) won his fourth (and third straight) Eurpn Snr Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 1998 season earnings of £127,656 on the Tour. Brian Huggett (Wales) was second with £102,382; Eddie Polland (N.Ire) was third with £92,145.
1998Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipBelfry, The277 (-11)£29,000
Played as The Belfry PGA Seniors Championship (Aug 28-31). Second-placed Renato Campagnoli (Italy) and Jim Rhodes (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng). [PGA National course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
1997Snr EuropeBeko ClassicNational GC, Turkey208 (-8)£25,503
Played as the Beko Turkish Seniors Open (May 8-10; Eurpn Snr Tr season opener). Second-placed Maurice Bembridge (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng). [National GC, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].
1997Snr EuropeClubhaus Snrs ClassicBenton Hall203£12,450
Played as the Clubhaus Seniors' Classic. Second-placed David Jones (N.Ire) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Benton Hall G&CC, Witham, Essex, England].
1997Snr EuropeIrish Snr OpenSt Margaret's208 (-8)£12,100
Played as the inaugural AIB Irish Seniors Open (May 16-18). Second-placed Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng), who snatched the title with three birdies in the last four holes. [St Margaret's G&CC, St Margaret's, Co. Dublin].
1997Snr EuropeJersey Snr OpenLa Moye204 (-12)£15,000
Played as the Jersey Seniors Open (June 6-8). Second-placed Craig Defoy (Wales) finished 6 shots behind Horton (Eng). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
1997Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr£158,427see Score
Horton (Eng) won his third (and second straight) Eurpn Snrs Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 1997 season earnings of £158,427 on the Tour. Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) was second with £86,060; Antonio Garrido (Esp) was third with £62,671.
1997Snr EuropeScottish Snr OpenNewmachar GC132 (-12)£16.660
Played as the Scottish Seniors Open. Second-placed J.R. Delich (USA) finished 9 shots behind Horton (Eng). Event reduced to 36 holes due to bad weather. [Hawkshill course, Newmachar GC, nr Aberdeen, Scotland].
1997Snr EuropeSenior T'mnt of ChampionsBuckinghamshire GC204£20,000
Played as the Snr Tournament of Champions (Eurpn Snr Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Jose Maria Canizares (Esp) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Horton (Eng). [Buckinghamshire GC, Denham, Bucks].
1996Snr EuropeCastle Royle ClassicCastle Royle205£12,500
Played as the Castle Royle European Seniors Classic. Horton (Eng) beat Brian Huggett (Wales) in a playoff. [Castle Royle G&CC, nr Maidenhead, Berks, England].
1996Snr EuropeNorthern Electric SnrsSlaley Hall209£9,700
Played as the Northern Electric Snrs Open. Second-placed Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) and Antonio Garrido (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Slaley Hall Resort, Hexham, Northumberland].
1996Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr£133,195see Score
Horton (Eng) won his second Eurpn Snrs Tr Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with 1996 season earnings of £133,195 on the Tour. John Morgan (Eng) was second with £69,346; Malcolm Gregson (Eng) was third with £60,090.
1996Snr EuropeSenior T'mnt of ChampionsBuckinghamshire GC206£20,000
Played as The Senior Players Championship (Eurpn Snr Tr season-ending event). Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) and Malcolm Gregson (Eng) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Buckinghamshire GC, Denham, Bucks].
1996Snr EuropeStella Snr OpenIdstein G&CC201£16,660
Played as the Stella Senior Open. Second-placed Noel Ratcliffe (Aus) finished 2 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Idstein G&CC, nr Frankfurt, Germany].
1995Snr EuropeDe Vere Snr ClassicBelton Woods213£9,380
Played as the De Vere Hotels Classic. Second-placed Antonio Garrido (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng). [Belton Woods Htl & GC, nr Grantham, Lincs, England].
1994Snr EuropeIrish Snr MastersMalone208£9,665
Played as the Belfast Telegraph Irish Seniors Masters. Horton (Eng) beat Renato Campagnoli (Italy) in a playoff. [Malone GC, Dunmurry, Belfast, N. Ireland].
1994Snr EuropeSt Pierre Snr ClassicSt Pierre212£8,330
Played as the St Pierre Seniors Classic. Second-placed Brian Huggett (Wales) finished 3 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, South Wales].
1993Snr EuropeCollingtree Snr ClassicCollingtree Park212£6,000
Played as the Collingtree Park Seniors Classic. Second-placed Roger Fidler (Eng) and Brian Huggett (Wales) finished 3 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Collingtree Park GC, Northampton, Northants].
1993Snr AwardsOrder of Merit - Eurpn Snr£56,935see Score
Horton (Eng) won the Eurpn Snrs Tr 1993 Order of Merit and associated John Jacobs Trophy, with earnings of £56,935 on the Tour. Brian Huggett (Wales) was second with £43,865; Bobby Verwey (RSA) was third with £25,885.
1993Snr EuropeScottish Snr OpenRoyal Aberdeen208£10,000
Played as the inaugural Shell Scottish Seniors Open. Second-placed Neil Coles (Eng) and Brian Huggett (Wales) finished 5 shots behind Horton (England). [Royal Aberdeen GC, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen].
1993Snr EuropeZurich Snr Pro-AmBreitenloo216 (E)£5,760
Played as the inaugural Senior Zurich Pro-Am Lexus Trophy (Oct 7-9). Horton (Eng) beat David Jimenez (USA) and John Fourie (RSA) in a playoff. [GC Breitenloo, Nürensdorf, nr Zurich, Switzerland].
1992Snr EuropePGA Snrs ChampionshipRoyal Dublin290£12,500
Played as the Forte PGA Seniors Championship. Horton (Eng) beat Tony Grubb (Eng) and Christy O'Connor Snr (Ire) in a playoff. [Royal Dublin GC, Dollymount, Dublin].
1984Men EuropePLM OpenLjunghusens288 (E)SEK50,000
Played as the PLM Open (June 27-30; Sweden Tour event, not sanctioned as a European Tour event). Second-placed Denis Durnian (Eng) and Anders Starkman (Swe) finished 4 shots behind Horton (Eng). [Ljunghusens GC, Höllviken, nr Malmo, Sweden].
1978Men EuropeBritish MastersSt Pierre279 (-5)£8,000
Played as the Dunlop Masters (Oct 4-7). Second-placed Dale Hayes (RSA), Graham Marsh (Aus) and Brian Waites (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng), who recorded the last of his four European Tour wins. [Old course, St Pierre Hotel & CC, Chepstow, S Wales].
1976Men EuropeUniroyal Intl.Moor Park277 (-11)£4,000
Played as the Uniroyal International (June 23-26). Second-placed Martin Foster (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng). [Combination of holes from High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1974Men EuropePenfold TournamentHill Barn GC272 (-8)£2,000
Played as the Penfold Tournament. Second-placed Peter Tupling (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Horton (Eng). [Hill Barn GC, Worthing, W Sussex].
1972Men EuropePiccadilly MedalHillside157 (+13)£2,500
Played as the Piccadilly Medal (April 26-29; medal match play format). Horton (Eng) beat Guy Hunt (Eng) by 1 shot in the 36-hole final (Horton 80, 77; Hunt 80, 78). [Hillside GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1970Men EuropeBritish Match PlayMoor Park3 & 2£2,000
Played as the Long John Scotch Whisky Match Play Championship (Aug 26-29). Horton (Eng) beat Ronnie Shade (Scot) 3 and 2 in the 18-hole final. [Combination of holes from High & West courses, Moor Park GC, Rickmansworth, Herts].
1970Men AfricaSouth African OpenRoyal Durban285x
Played as the South African Open. Second-placed Terry Westbrook (Zim) finished 3 shots behind Tommy Horton (Eng). Horton became the first overseas player (i.e. not based in South Africa at the time of winning) to claim the SA Open title. [Royal Durban GC, KwaZulu-Natal, RSA].

 

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