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Name: - Anthony Alastair 'Tony' Johnstone
Country: - Zimbabwe
Born : - May 2, 1956 in Bulawayo, Matabeleland, Zimbabwe.
Original Home/Club: - Zimbabwe
Occupation: - Professional golfer; television commentator; "bushman".
Turned Pro: - 1979

Roll of Honour

Total professional wins (25), of which European Tr (6), Sunshine Tr (17) and European Senior Tr (2). Sunshine Tr Order of Merit winner (1988/89; 1993/94).


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Growing up in what was then Rhodesia, the ever-amiable Johnstone developed a phenomenal short game, that would serve him well on the Sunshine and European Tours. He turned professional in 1979, and subsequently won six times on the European Tour and 17 times on the Sunshine Tour. Only his contemporary Mark McNulty has recorded more wins on the Sunshine Tour as a Zimbabwean.

After battling multiple sclerosis with a revolutionary drug treatment, Johnstone launched into a career on the European Senior Tour when he turned 50 in 2006. He also became a key contributor on Sky Sports golf coverage. He is much respected for his "David Attenborough-like" knowledge of the natural world around him - whether listening to bird calls in Europe or musing on the dung disposal capabilities of beetles in his native southern Africa.


Top tournaments won by Tony Johnstone

2009Snr EuropeTravis Perkins MastersWoburn206 (-10)€42,782
Played as the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters (Sept 4-6). Second-placed Peter Senior (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Tony Johnstone (Zim). [Duke's course, Woburn GC, nr Milton Keynes, Bucks].
2008Snr EuropeJersey Snr OpenLa Moye213 (-3)€26,713
Played as the Jersey Seniors Classic (June 6-8). Second-placed Gordon Brand Jr (Eng), Ross Drummond (Scot) and Angel Franco (Par) finished 2 shots behind first-time European Snr Tour winner Johnstone (Zim). [La Moye GC, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands].
2001Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC274 (-14)€133,832
Played as the Qatar Masters (March 8-11; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Robert Karlsson (Swe) finished 2 shots behind Johnstone (Zim), who recorded the last of his six European Tour wins. [Doha GC, Qatar].
1998Men AfricaSouth African PGAHoughton271 (-17)R516,567
Played as the Alfred Dunhill PGA Championship (Feb 12-15; S African/Eurpn Trs event; S African Tr 1997/98 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 2 shots behind Johnstone (Zim), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
1993Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR297,358see Score
1993/94 South Africa Tour Order of Merit (and associated Sid Brews Trophy). Won for the second time in his career by Johnstone (Zim) with season earnings of R297,358. Bruce Vaughan (USA) was second with R189,452; Ernie Els (RSA) was third with R160,410. Known as the FNB Summer Tour.
1993Men AfricaSouth African MastersWingate Park CC275 (-13)R86,900
Played as the EVS South African Masters (Feb 25-28; S African Tr 1992/93 season-ending event). Second-placed Roger Wessels (RSA) finished 1 shot behind Johnstone (Zim). [Wingate Park CC, Pretoria, RSA].
1993Men AfricaSouth African OpenDurban CC267 (-21)R90,850
Played as the Philips South African Open (Dec 9-12; S African Tr 1993/94 season). Second-placed Ernie Els (RSA) finished 7 shots behind Johnstone (Zim). [Durban CC, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa].
1992Men EuropeBMW PGA Ch'shipWentworth Club272 (-16)£100,000
Played as the Volvo PGA Championship. José María Olazábal (Esp) and Gordon Brand Jr (Scot) finished 2 shots behind Johnstone (Zim), who became the first player from Africa to win the PGA Championship. [West course, Wentworth Club, Virginia Water, Surrey].
1991Men EuropeMurphy's CupFulfordxx
Played as Murphy's Cup.
1990Men EuropeMurphy's CupFulfordxx
Played as Murphy's Cup.
1989Men AfricaSouth African PGAWanderers GC269
Played as the Lexington PGA Championship. Chris Williams (Eng) finished in second place behind Johnstone (Zim). [The Wanderers GC, Ilovo, Johannesburg, RSA].
1988Men AwardsOrder of Merit - Sunshine TrR254,950see Score
1988/89 South Africa Tour Order of Merit. Won by Johnstone (Zim) with season earnings of R254,950. John Bland (RSA) was second with R143,448; Jeff Hawkes (RSA) was third with R141,677.
1984Men EuropePortugal OpenQuinta do Lago274 (-14)£9,500
Played as the Portuguese Open. Second-placed Michael King (Eng) finished 3 shots behind Johnstone (Zim). [Quinta do Lago GC, nr Almancil, Algarve, Portugal].
1984Men AfricaSouth African MastersMilnerton GC277 (-11)
Played as the Safmarine South African Masters. Won by Johnstone (Zim). [Milnerton GC, nr Cape Town, Western Cape, RSA].
1984Men AfricaSouth African OpenHoughton274x
Played as the South African Open. Fulton Allem (RSA) finished in second place behind Johnstone (Zim). [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].

 

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