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Adam James Hunter (26 September 1963 – 14 October 2011) was a Scottish professional golfer. His achievements included winning the 1995 Portuguese Open. He later became a renowned coach for such golfers as Paul Lawrie.

Adam Hunter
Personal information
Full nameAdam James Hunter
Born(1963-09-26)26 September 1963
Glasgow, Scotland
Died14 October 2011(2011-10-14) (aged 48)
Glasgow, Scotland
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Nationality Scotland
CollegeVirginia Tech
Turned professional1984
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1986, 1987, 1991



After completing two-and-a-half years of a golf scholarship at Virginia Tech in the United States,[1] he turned professional in 1984. He joined the European Tour the following year after coming through final qualifying school. He failed to hold on to his tour card in his rookie season, but was back on tour after another successful visit to qualifying school.

Having lost his playing privileges again at the end of the 1986 season, when he made just one cut, Hunter did not return to the European Tour until 1990. He maintained consistent form though the 1990s earning sufficient money each season to retain his tour card until the end of 1998.[1] His only win on the tour came at the 1995 Portuguese Open, and that season he finished a career high 63rd on the European Tour Order of Merit. He also won the 1987 Northern Open, a non-tour event.

Hunter became a successful golf coach. He worked with many top professionals, including 1999 Open Champion Paul Lawrie from 1998 to 2004,[2] and LPGA Tour player Catriona Matthew. He also provided coaching to Scottish golfers Stephen Gallacher, Alastair Forsyth and Gary Orr.[3]


Hunter died at the Beatson Oncology Centre on 14 October 2011 from leukaemia, two years after his diagnosis with the disease.[3] He was 48.

Professional wins (5)Edit

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 19 Mar 1995 Portuguese Open −11 (73-65-71-68=277) Playoff   Darren Clarke

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1995 Portuguese Open   Darren Clarke Won with birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (4)Edit

  • 1985 Granite City Classic, Scottish U25 Champion
  • 1986 Carnoustie Challenge
  • 1987 Northern Open

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT

Note: Hunter only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut


  1. ^ a b Farrell, Andy (25 July 1999). "The day Lawrie looked smart". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  2. ^ Dempster, Martin (8 January 2003). "Stephen turns to Hunter for gain". The Scotsman. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  3. ^ a b "Golf coach Adam Hunter dies from leukaemia, aged 48". BBC Sport. 15 October 2011. Retrieved 15 October 2011.

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