Bob Hope British Classic

The Bob Hope British Classic was the original and most often used name of a European Tour golf tournament which was played in England every year but one from 1980 to 1991. It had six different names in total. The English born American entertainer Bob Hope was one of the most prominent celebrity friends of golf, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame. All of the tournaments except the first and the last were played at Moor Park Golf Club in Hertfordshire, just to the north of London. The best known winner was the German future World Number 1 Bernhard Langer. In 1991 the prize fund was £252,370, which was below average for a European Tour event at that time.

Bob Hope British Classic
LocationHertfordshire, England
Established1980
Course(s)Royal Liverpool GC (1991)
Moor Park GC (1981–1990)
R.A.C. G&CC (1980)
Tour(s)European Tour
FormatCelebrity pro–am;
Stroke play
Final year1991
Aggregate269 José Maria Cañizares (1980, 1983)
To par−19 José Maria Cañizares (1980, 1983)
England Paul Broadhurst

WinnersEdit

Year Winner Country Venue Score To par Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Ref
European Pro-Celebrity
1991 Paul Broadhurst   England Royal Liverpool GC 272 −16 7 strokes   Ronan Rafferty [1]
Wang Four Stars
1990 Rodger Davis (2)   Australia Moor Park GC 271 −17 Playoff   Michael Clayton
  Bill Malley
  Mark McNulty
[2]
1989 Craig Parry   Australia Moor Park GC 273 −15 Playoff   Ian Woosnam [3]
Wang Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1988 Rodger Davis   Australia Moor Park GC 275 −1 1 stroke   José María Cañizares
  Eamonn Darcy
[4]
London Standard Four-Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1987 Mark McNulty   Zimbabwe Moor Park GC 273 −15 Playoff   Sam Torrance [5]
1986 Antonio Garrido   Spain Moor Park GC 275 −13 1 stroke   José María Olazábal
  Ronan Rafferty
[6]
Four-Stars National Pro-Celebrity
1985 Ken Brown   Scotland Moor Park GC 277 −3 1 stroke   Gordon Brand, Jnr [7]
Bob Hope British Classic
1984 No tournament
1983 José María Cañizares (2)   Spain Moor Park GC 269 −19 1 stroke   David Feherty [8]
1982 Gordon Brand, Jnr   Scotland Moor Park GC 272 −16 3 strokes   Mark James [9]
1981 Bernhard Langer   West Germany Moor Park GC 200 −13 5 strokes   Peter Oosterhuis [10]
1980 José María Cañizares   Spain R.A.C. G&CC 269 −19 1 stroke   Seve Ballesteros
  Lee Trevino
  Brian Waites
[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Broadhurst Coasts". Times-News. 12 August 1991. p. 13. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Davis wins in play-off". The Vindicator. Associated Press. 18 June 1990. p. 16. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Parry the star with victory in play-off". Glasgow Herald. 12 June 1989. p. 22. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  4. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (13 June 1988). "Davis falters but just holds on". Glasgow Herald. p. 12. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  5. ^ "Miscellaneous". The News and Courier. 1 June 1987. p. 3C. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  6. ^ ""Too old" Garrido wins the biggest cheque of his life". Glasgow Herald. 2 June 1986. p. 10. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  7. ^ "Brown takes £21,000 despite late slump". Glasgow Herald. 1 June 1985. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  8. ^ "Canizares a winner at last". Glasgow Herald. 26 September 1983. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  9. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (27 September 1982). "Another classic win for rookie Brand". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  10. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (28 September 1981). "Langer calm on the road to victory". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2 February 2011.
  11. ^ Jacobs, Raymond (29 September 1980). "Canizares comes from 7 behind". Glasgow Herald. Retrieved 2 February 2011.

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