Gordon Alexander Caygill (born 24 April 1940) is an English professional golfer. He had considerable early success as a young professional from 1960 to 1963 but then had a lean period, partly due to a stomach ulcer. He made a comeback in 1969, winning two tournaments, and gained a place in the 1969 Ryder Cup team.
|Full name||Gordon Alexander Caygill|
|Born||24 April 1940|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T16: 1966|
|Achievements and awards|
Caygill turned professional at an early age, becoming an assistant professional at West Bowling Golf Club near Bradford. He was briefly an assistant at Sunningdale, during which time he won the 1960 British Youths Open Championship at Pannal Golf Club by 7 strokes. He became an assistant at Pannal in 1961 and was chosen that year by Henry Cotton as his Rookie of the Year. In 1962 he won the British Youths Open Championship, which was again played at Pannal, for a second time, winning this time by 12 strokes. He had more success in 1963, winning the Coombe Hill Assistants' Tournament and the Rediffusion Tournament in the same week. In the 1964 Swallow-Penfold Tournament Caygill led Peter Alliss by 3 strokes with 5 holes to play but finished badly to drop into a tie for second place.
After his early successes he did not win again on the circuit until 1969 having suffered with stomach ulcers. That year he won twice, first at the Penfold Tournament, and then again at the Martini International, where he tied with South African Graham Henning. On the back of those wins Caygill was chosen as a member of the Great Britain and Ireland Ryder Cup team in 1969, although he only played one match, partnering Brian Huggett in Friday's foursomes. They halved their match against the American pair of Raymond Floyd and Miller Barber.
Professional wins (13)Edit
Major British PGA circuit wins (3)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||29 Sep 1963||Rediffusion Tournament||70-68-66-67=271||Playoff||Flory Van Donck, David Snell|
|2||3 May 1969||Penfold Tournament||67-70-70-71=278||2 strokes||Christy O'Connor Snr|
|3||14 Jun 1969||Martini International||70-66-77-69=282||Tie||Graham Henning|
Other wins (10)Edit
- This list may be incomplete
- 1960 British Youths Open Championship
- 1962 British Youths Open Championship
- 1963 Coombe Hill Assistants' Tournament, Northern Professional Championship
- 1964 Northern Professional Championship
- 1966 Gleneagles Hotel Foursomes Tournament (with Bernard Cawthray)
- 1970 Lusaka Dunlop Open
- 1973 Lancashire Open
- 1974 Northern Professional Championship
- 1978 Sunningdale Foursomes (with Julia Greenhalgh)
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T17||CUT||T16||CUT||T24||T25|
|The Open Championship||T41||CUT||CUT||CUT||T63||CUT|
Note: Caygill only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 222. ISBN 0-85613-520-8. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Caygill's record aggregate". Glasgow Herald. 6 August 1960.
- "Caygill youths' champion for a second time". Glasgow Herald. 11 August 1962.
- "G A Caygill's victory at Selsdon Park". The Glasgow Herald. 27 September 1963. p. 6.
- "Victory for Caygill in play-off". Glasgow Herald. 30 September 1963.
- "Penfold and Swallow win for Alliss". The Glasgow Herald. 11 May 1964. p. 5.
- "Record 66 puts Caygill three ahead". Glasgow Herald. 14 June 1969.
- "Caygill wins after dispute with rival". Glasgow Herald. 5 May 1969.
- "Caygill and Henning tie for Martini". Glasgow Herald. 16 June 1969.
- "British golf prestige takes another knock". The Glasgow Herald. 12 May 1975. p. 19.
- "Alex Caygill is suspended". Evening Times. 7 January 1981.
- "Bernie finishes 12 behind winner". Evening Times. 23 March 1970.
- "Lancs Open goes regional". Professional Golfers' Association (Great Britain and Ireland). 17 March 2010. Archived from the original on 7 July 2011. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Second chance for Sandy?". Glasgow Herald. 24 March 1978.