Brian Huggett

Brian George Charles Huggett, MBE (born 18 November 1936) is a Welsh professional golfer.[1] He won sixteen events on the European circuit, including two after the formal start of the European Tour in 1972. In 1968 he won the Harry Vardon Trophy for leading the Order of Merit. He played in the Ryder Cup six times and was a non-playing captain. He also won 10 times on the European Seniors Tour between 1992 and 2000.

Brian Huggett
Personal information
Full nameBrian George Charles Huggett
NicknameWelsh bulldog
Born (1936-11-18) 18 November 1936 (age 84)
Porthcawl, Wales
Height5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Nationality Wales
ResidenceRoss-on-Wye, England
Turned professional1951
Former tour(s)European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins34
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
PGA Tour Champions1
European Senior Tour10 (4th all time)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1969
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1965
Achievements and awards
Officer of the Order
of the British Empire
Harry Vardon Trophy1968

Early lifeEdit

Huggett born in Porthcawl, Wales, the son of George Huggett, who was the professional at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club. He had a younger brother Geoff who also became a professional golfer. After World War II, George was the professional at Neath Golf Club before moving to Redhill and Reigate Golf Club, in Surrey, in 1950.

Professional careerEdit

Huggett turned professional in 1951, becoming an assistant to his father at Redhill and Reigate, but it wasn't until 1962 that he won his first important individual event, the Dutch Open.[2] He had been runner-up the previous year. Earlier in 1962, he had finished tied for third in the Open Championship, albeit a full 13 shots behind runaway winner Arnold Palmer. Huggett had two more wins in 1963, the Cox Moore Tournament and the German Open.[3][4] He qualified for the 1963 Ryder Cup team and, although the United States won 23 to 9, Huggett was the leading British scorer, with 2 wins and a half.

After his successes in 1962 and 1963, Huggett struggled for success from 1964 to 1966, a period that coincided with the introduction of the bigger ball in many tournaments. During this period he was, however, joint runner-up in the 1965 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale, an event played with the smaller ball. He finished two shots behind Australia's Peter Thomson.

Huggett returned to form in 1967, winning the PGA Close Championship and the Martini International in successive weeks, although he tied the Martini International with Malcolm Gregson.[5][6] From 1968 to 1970 he was regular winner. In 1968, he won the Harry Vardon Trophy for leading the Order of Merit and played in the Piccadilly World Match Play Championship, losing to Arnold Palmer at the 36th hole. In 1970, Huggett was ranked 10th in the world in McCormack's World Golf Rankings, the forerunner of the modern Official World Golf Ranking. The rankings were based on a 3-year period and his high ranking reflected these tournament wins.

From 1971, his wins became less frequent. He was joint winner of the 1971 Daks Tournament with Neil Coles and won twice on the European Tour, in 1974 and 1978. He was the third-highest money winner in 1972, the first season of the European Tour.

Huggett played six times for Great Britain and Ireland in the Ryder Cup (1963, 1967, 1969, 1971, 1973 and 1975) and had a 9–10–6 win-loss-half record, despite never being on a winning team. He is remembered for an incident in the 1969 Ryder Cup, a match that was tied at 16 points each. Playing the 18th hole in the last-but-one match, he holed a putt to halve his match with Billy Casper. Just before making his putt he had heard a loud roar from the 17th green, where Tony Jacklin was playing Jack Nicklaus. Believing that Jacklin had beaten Nicklaus he thought that his putt had won the Ryder Cup. Only after leaving the green did he find out the Jacklin/Nicklaus match was still being played.[7] Huggett was also Great Britain & Ireland's non-playing captain in 1977 and represented Wales nine times in the World Cup between 1963 and 1979. He played in the Open Championship 19 successive times between 1961 and 1979.

Huggett joined the European Seniors Tour when it debuted in 1992 and, despite being 55 when the tour started, won 10 times on the tour between 1992 and 2000, including the 1993 PGA Seniors Championship and the 1998 Senior British Open. He finished second on the European Seniors Tour Order of Merit in 1993, 1994 and 1998.

Huggett has also been a golf-course designer. He received an MBE in the 1978 Birthday Honours and in 2006 he was inducted into the Welsh Sports Hall of Fame.

Professional wins (34)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 13 Apr 1974 Portuguese Open −4 (71-66-68-67=272) 4 strokes   John Fourie
2 4 Jun 1978 B.A./Avis Open −13 (65-66-71-69=271) 3 strokes   Eamonn Darcy

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1972 Sunbeam Electric Scottish Open   Neil Coles Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Great Britain and Ireland wins (11)Edit

Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
27 Apr 1963 Cox Moore Tournament 72-68-70-66=276 1 stroke   John Jacobs
10 Jun 1967 PGA Close Championship 66-67-67-71=271 8 strokes   Jimmy Hitchcock,   Bernard Hunt
17 Jun 1967 Martini International 69-70-70-70=279 Tie   Malcolm Gregson
1 Jun 1968 Sumrie Tournament 69-75-70-68=282 4 strokes   Ángel Gallardo
15 Jun 1968 Martini International 72-69-66-71=278 2 strokes   Tommy Horton
8 Sep 1968 News of the World Match Play 1 up in final   John Panton
31 May 1969 Daks Tournament 71-71-75-72=289 2 strokes   Bernard Gallacher
1 Jul 1969 Bowmaker Tournament 68-67=135 Tie   Tony Grubb
21 Jun 1970 Carroll's International 68-68-69-74=279 7 strokes   Christy O'Connor Snr
12 Sep 1970 Dunlop Masters 80-78-70-65=293 5 strokes   David Graham
5 Jun 1971 Daks Tournament 69-75-68-72=284 Tie   Neil Coles

Continental Europe wins (3)Edit

Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
5 Aug 1962 Dutch Open 69-71-65-69=274 2 strokes   Gerard de Wit
11 Aug 1963 German Open 70-70-68-70=278 1 stroke   Peter Alliss
22 Mar 1970 Algarve Open 75-78-71-69=293 3 strokes   Andrew Brooks

Other wins (8)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

Senior major championships (1)
Other Senior PGA Tour (0)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 9 Aug 1998 Senior British Open −5 (71-70-71-71=283) Playoff   Eddie Polland

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1998 Senior British Open   Eddie Polland Won with par on first extra hole

European Senior Tour wins (10)Edit

Senior major championships (1)
Other European Senior Tour (9)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 26 Apr 1992 Gary Player Anvil Senior Classic +5 (76-74-71=221) Playoff   Tommy Horton
2 30 Aug 1992 Northern Electric Seniors +8 (75-74-75=224) Playoff   David Jimenez
3 13 Jun 1993 Northern Electric Seniors (2) −1 (73-34=107) 1 stroke   Tommy Horton,   Brian Waites
4 Aug 1993 Forte PGA Seniors Championship −6 (69-65-70=204) 3 strokes   Bobby Verwey
5 22 May 1994 La Manga Spanish Seniors Open −1 (72-74-69=215) Playoff   Malcolm Gregson,   David Snell
6 1 Apr 1995 Windsor Senior Masters −7 (70-67-72=209) 1 stroke   Antonio Garrido
7 3 Sep 1995 Shell Scottish Seniors Open −10 (64-70-66=200) 2 strokes   Neil Coles
8 2 Aug 1998 Schroder Senior Masters −7 (72-71-66=209) Playoff   Neil Coles,   Eddie Polland
9 9 Aug 1998 Senior British Open −5 (71-70-71-71=283) Playoff   Eddie Polland
10 7 May 2000 Beko Classic −8 (69-68-71=208) Playoff   Bob Shearer

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
Masters Tournament CUT
The Open Championship T25 T3 T14 CUT T2 T43 T25 T13 T16
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
The Open Championship T28 T25 T26 CUT CUT T40 CUT T48 CUT CUT
  Top 10

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1973, 1974 and 1978 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Note: Huggett never played in the U.S. Open or PGA Championship.

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1998 Senior British Open −5 (71-70-71-71=283) Playoff1   Eddie Polland

1Defeated Polland with a par at the first hole of a sudden-death playoff.

Team appearancesEdit


See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Alliss, Peter (1983). The Who's Who of Golf. Orbis Publishing. p. 250. ISBN 0-85613-520-8.
  2. ^ "Briton win Dutch Open". The Glasgow Herald. 6 August 1962. p. 3.
  3. ^ "Huggett's success in Cox Moore event". The Glasgow Herald. 29 April 1963. p. 10.
  4. ^ "Huggett's victory by a stroke". The Glasgow Herald. 12 August 1963. p. 3.
  5. ^ "Lighter Clubs and Longer Driver give Huggett P.G.A. Title". The Glasgow Herald. 12 June 1967. p. 4.
  6. ^ "Gregson and Huggett tie for top place in Martini". The Glasgow Herald. 19 June 1967. p. 4.
  7. ^ Huggan, John (16 March 2014). "All hail Ryder Cup hero Brian Huggett". The Scotsman.

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