ResidenceNorth Berwick, Scotland
AttachmentArcherfield Links
Date of Birth:02/05/1954
Place of BirthBirmingham, England
Height & Weight6ft 1¾in 16st 0lbs (185cm 102kg)
FamilyWife: Krystyna (m. 1977); Children: Christopher (1982), Laura (1984)
InterestsFootball, golf design, wine
Turned Pro1973
Qualifying School1989, 97, 99

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  • The Dutch Senior Open Runners-up: from L to R: George Ryall, Philip Golding and DJ Russell
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  • David J Russell at Terr Blanche Hotel Spa Golf Resort  (copyright Phil Inglis)


Captured his second Senior Tour title with victory in the French Riviera Masters, defeating Tim Thelen in a play-off at Terre Blanche. Carded a superb closing 65 before taking the title on the third extra hole. Ended the 2011 season with back-to-back top ten finishes to claim the final spot in the top 30 on the Order of Merit, continuing a resurgence in form which began spectacularly in 2010 when he finally landing his maiden Senior Tour title after nine runner-up finishes, winning the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship. Victory was especially sweet as his son Chris was his caddie. Four other top ten finishes saw the man better known as ‘DJ’ end the year in sixth place on the Order of Merit – his best season in seven years on the Senior Tour. His last second place came in the 2007 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open. The previous year, he came desperately close to securing his first win at the season-opening DGM Barbados Open, only to be beaten by Spain’s José Rivero at the fourth hole of a sudden-death play-off. The eighth runner-up finish of his Senior Tour career followed at the FIRSTPLUS Wales Seniors Open, when Rivero was again the man to profit. Was part of Europe Team Captain Ian Woosnam’s backroom team at The 2006 Ryder Cup, and helped oversee a record-equalling 18½-9½ victory against the United States. Quit The European Tour in 1996 and spent six years as a club professional at Kedleston Park in Derby, while more recently he has focused on his golf course design project at Archerfield in Scotland, where he has designed two links courses. Won the first of his two European Tour titles, the Car Care Plan International, in 1985. The second came at the Open de Lyon Trophée V33 in 1992, when he romped to victory with a 21 under par effort which contained 19 birdies, an eagle and no dropped shots in the entire 72 holes. Is a close friend of Ian Woosnam and the pair have a golf design company together. Took over as Chairman of the Senior Tour Committee in 2011 and is also a European Tour Board Member.

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European Tour Wins2
Senior Tour Wins2
Wins this season0
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Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 52,500 (1992)


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