Friday, 19 March 2010
While Brett Rumford triumphed in the south of Ireland at the weekend at the Nissan Irish Open, there was just cause for celebration for another Australian in the north of the country when Noel Rafcliffe became the second player to break the €1 million barrier in career earnings on the European Seniors Tour.

Ratcliffe made it through to the weekend at the Senior British Open Championship presented by MasterCard at Royal Portrush Golf Club and picked up a cheque for €12,123.04 which took his career earnings to €1,005,661.

The Australian had only required €6,473 to join England’s Tommy Horton in the Seniors Tour’s seven figure club.

Horton, who missed the cut, tops the list with earnings of €1,390,902 thanks to a record 23 tournament victories and five Order of Merit titles.

Ratcliffe fired rounds of 73, 73, 78 and 74 to finish the €1.47 million (£1 million) tournament in equal 30th place on 10 over par.

Since joining the Seniors Tour in 1995 Ratcliffe has claimed seven titles, the most recent being the AIB Irish Seniors Open in 2003.

During his days on The European Tour, Ratcliffe won twice, in the 1978 Belgian Open and the 1987 Benson and Hedges International Open and he also captured three titles Down Under.

It is all a far cry from when he attended college and studied for a pharmacy degree for three years and later held jobs in public service and the insurance industry.

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