BIOGRAPHY

Ian Woosnam (Woosie) OBE was born in Oswestry, Shropshire, England on the 2nd March 1958. He is a professional golfer and golf course designer. Ian is famous for his powerful hitting, competitiveness and the natural ability to control the ball both ways.

Since his maiden Tour victory at the Swiss Open in 1982 Ian Woosnam has had a glittering career, resulting in 47 worldwide tournament victories including the US Masters at Augusta in 1991. In 1987 he became the first player to win £1 million in prize money in a single year, winning five tournaments in Europe along with the Sun City $1million Challenge, the Hong Kong Open and the World Cup of Golf.

Woosie was one of the ‘ Big 5 ’ along with Ballesteros, Faldo, Langer and Lyle who dominated world golf in the 80’s and 90’s. One little recognised statistic is that Woosie has won more professional golf tournaments than any other British golfer.

From 1992 to 2001, Ian won another 12 tournaments around the world including the British Masters, the Johnnie Walker Classic, the Volvo PGA Championship and the World Match Play Championship. His 2001 World Match Play victory meant he was the only player to have won the tournament in three different decades.

Awarded the 2006 European Ryder Cup captaincy, Woosie led his European Team to a record equaling 18 ½ - 9 victory over their American counterparts at the K-Club in Ireland. This was the first time in Ryder Cup history that the European Team had won all five sessions. Woosnam received the OBE in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of his services to golf.

In 2007, Ian was dogged with injury but was back to his best in 2008 when he joined the Seniors Tours and won the European Seniors Order of Merit with victories at the Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship and the Russian Seniors Open. In 2009, Ian experienced further success in Ireland and Japan as he won his third and fourth Seniors Tour titles at the Irish Seniors Open and the PGA Handa Cup respectively, eventually finishing 2nd in the Seniors Tour Order of Merit.

Ian Woosnam will always be a contender because he always believes he can win. It is this attitude together with his down to earth personality that attracts him to people and had him nicknamed the ‘Peoples’ Champion’. He is one of Britain’s leading golfing ambassadors, an OBE and an Honorary Member of the European tour.

European Tour

1 29 Aug 1982 Ebel Swiss Open
2 05 Jun 1983 Silk Cut Masters
3 08 Aug 1984 Scandinavian Enterprise Open
4 21 Sep 1986 Lawrence Batley International T.P.C.
5 12 Apr 1987 Jersey Open
6 26 Apr 1987 Cepsa Madrid Open
7 11 Jul 1987 Bell's Scottish Open
8 20 Sep 1987 Trophée Lancôme
9 30 May 1988 Volvo PGA Championship
10 21 Aug 1988 Carroll's Irish Open
11 11 Sep 1988 Panasonic European Open
12 25 Jul 1989 Carroll's Irish Open
13 04 Mar 1990 Amex Med Open
14 07 Jul1990 Torras Monte Carlo Open
15 14 Jul 1990 Bell's Scottish Open
16 30 Sep 1990 Epson Grand Prix of Europe
17 03 Mar 1991 Fujitsu Mediterranean Open
18 14 Apr 1991 Masters Tournament
19 06 Jul 1991 Torras Monte Carlo Golf Open
20 04 Jul 1992 European Monte Carlo Open
21 22 Aug 1993 Murphy's English Open
22 19 Sep 1993 Trophée Lancôme
23 01 May 1994 Air France Cannes Open
24 18 Sep 1994 Dunhill British Masters
25 28 Jan 1996 Johnnie Walker Classic
26 04 Feb 1996 Heineken Classic
27 13 Jul 1996 Scottish Open
28 25 Aug 1996 Volvo German Open
29 26 May 1997 Volvo PGA Championship

US PGA TOUR

1 24 Mar 1991 USF&G Classic
2 14 Apr 1991 Masters Tournament

Other wins

1979 News of the World Under-23 Match Play Championship
1982 Cacharel Under-25 Championship
1985 Zambia Open
1986 555 Kenya Open
1987 Suntory World Match Play Championship, Hong Kong Open, Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa), World Cup (team with David Llewellyn and individual)
1988 Welsh Pro Championship
1989 World Cup (individual)
1990 Suntory World Match Play Championship
1991 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (United States)
1997 Hyundai Motor Masters (South Korea)
2001 Cisco World Match Play Championship

European Seniors Tour wins

2008 Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship, Russian Seniors Open
2009 Irish Seniors Open
2011 Berenberg Bank Masters


Team Appearances

World Cup (representing Wales):

1980, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1987 (team and individual winner), 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2003.

Hennessy Cognac Cup:

1982 (winners), 1984

Ryder Cup:

1983, 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1989 (tied – cup retained), 1991, 1993, 1995 (winners), 1997 (winners), Vice Captain 2002 (winners), Captain 2006 (winners)

Alfred Dunhill Cup (representing Wales):

1985, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1993, 1995, 2000

Four Tours World Championship:

1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990

Seve Trophy: (representing Great Britain & Ireland):

2000, 2002 (winners)

UBS Cup:

2001, 2002, 2003, 2004

Royal Trophy (representing Europe):

2006 (winners)

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