ResidenceJersey, Channel Islands
AttachmentRAW Golf Course Design
Date of Birth:02/03/1958
Place of BirthOswestry, England
Height & Weight5ft 5¾in 11st 13lbs (165cm 76kg)
FamilyWife: Glendryth (m. 1983); Children: Daniel (1985), Rebecca (1988), Ami (1991)
InterestsFishing, snooker, sports
Web Sitewww.ianwoosnam.com
Turned Pro1976
Qualifying School1976*, 77*, 78*

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  • Ian Woosnam - celebrating his fifth win on The European Senior Tour at the Dutch Senior Open


Won his fifth Senior Tour title at the 2014 Dutch Senior Open, claiming his first victory since 2011 on The International Course near Amsterdam which he himself designed. Posted five top ten finishes in in 2013 and narrowly missed out on a sentimental victory on home soil when he finished third in the Speedy Services Wales Senior Open. Became the first former European Tour Order of Merit winner to repeat the feat on the Senior Tour when he lifted the John Jacobs Trophy in 2008 after a dream rookie season in which he won the Parkridge Polish Seniors Championship in his third event followed by the Russian Seniors Open. Captained Europe to a record-equalling 18 ½ - 9 ½ victory in The Ryder Cup at The K Club in Ireland in 2006, as the Team won all five sessions for the first time in the biennial contest and secured an unprecedented third consecutive victory. Received the OBE in the New Year's Honours List in recognition of the feat. Played in eight Ryder Cups, and in 1993 he became the first European to claim the maximum four points from the two foursomes and two fourball matches, a feat matched by Sergio Garcia in 2006. Having twice topped The European Tour Order of Merit in 1987 and 1990, joined the greats of the game when he won the Masters Tournament in 1991. Both parents are Welsh and he learned the game on the local Llanmynech course (15 holes in Wales, three in England) on the border. Worked on family farm for six months after leaving school. Credits his stocky but powerful physique to lifting heavy hay bales. A rival of Sandy Lyle in Shropshire County golf. Used to travel in a camper van and eat tins of beans to save money when an aspiring Tour star.

Career RecordMore

European Tour Wins29
Senior Tour Wins5
Wins this season0
Current Rankings
Biggest European Tour Prize:: € 403,440 (2001)


Professional Ryder Cup 1983, 85 (winners), 87 (winners), 89, 91, 93, 95 (winners), 97 (winners), 06 (Captain) (winners) Alfred Dunhill Cup 1985, 86, 88, 89, 90, 91, 93, 95, 2000 World Cup 1980, 82, 83, 84, 85, 87 (individual & team winner), 90, 91 (individual winner), 92, 93, 94, 96, 97, 98, 2000, 02, 03 Four Tours World Championship 1985, 86, 87, 89, 90 Hennessy Cognac Cup 1982 (winners), 84 Seve Trophy 2000, 02 (winners) UBS Cup 2001, 02, 03, 04 Royal Trophy 2006 (winners)

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