Friday, 19 March 2010

Dale Hayes of South Africa and the Jazztel Open de España en Andalucia are well linked. As an 18 year old in 1971 he played his first event in Europe and won. His victory entered The European Tour record books on two counts.

Aged 18 and 290 days, Hayes became the youngest winner on The European – a record which still stands. Here is the list of youngest European Tour winners:

Dale Hayes
18 and 290 days
1971 Spanish Open

Seve Ballesteros
19 and 121 days
1976 Dutch Open

Paul Way
19 and 149 days
1982 KLM Dutch Open

Sergio Garcia
19 and 176 days
1999 Murphy’s Irish Open

Seve Ballesteros*
19 and 191 days
1976 Trophée Lancôme

Sergio Garcia
19 and 267 days
1999 Linde German Masters

Aaron Baddeley
19 and 331 days
2001 Greg Norman Holden International

*unofficial event

When making his European Tour debut, Hayes, became the first player to win on his first appearance. Here is the list of other players that have matched his feat:

Dale Hayes
1971 Spanish Open

Barry Jaeckel
1972 French Open

Hal Underwood
1975 Portuguese Open

Tom Watson
1975 Open Championship

Jarrod Moseley
1999 Heineken Classic

Ben Curtis
2003 Open Championship

The last amateur to lead a European Tour event after a completed round was in the Jazztel Open de España en Andalucia in 2003. Pablo Martin of Spain was joint leader after the third round on 197 (-19), eventually finishing tied 22nd.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1MARTIN, Miguel AngelESP18-2
T2HANSON, PeterSWE18-8
T4OTTO, HennieRSA18-5
T4LAWRIE, PeterIRL18-5
T6DODD, StephenWAL18-3
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