Craig Defoy

Craig Bryan Defoy (born 27 March 1947) is a Welsh professional golfer. He finished fourth in the 1971 Open Championship.

Craig Defoy
Personal information
Full nameCraig Bryan Defoy
Born (1947-03-27) 27 March 1947 (age 73)
Kane, Pennsylvania, U.S.[1]
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight196 lb (89 kg; 14.0 st)
Nationality Wales
ResidenceKingston, England
Turned professional1964
Former tour(s)European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins12
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open Championship4th: 1971

Professional careerEdit

Defoy had a successful start to his tournament career, winning three age-restricted events, the Gor-Ray Under-24 Championship in 1968 and Lord Derby’s Under-23 Professional Tournament and the Energen Junior Match Play, for under-25s, in 1969.[2][3][4]

Defoy later played on the European Tour where he did not win but had three second-place finishes: 1973 Spanish Open, 1976 Sun Alliance Match Play Championship, and 1977 Skol Lager Individual (playoff loss). Playing with Derek Small he was also runner-up in the 1974 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball, losing a playoff.[5] He won five times on the Safari Circuit between 1970 and 1973.[6]

Defoy also played on the European Seniors Tour where his best finish was as runner-up in the 1997 Jersey Seniors Open and in the 2001 SSL International Sodexho Match Play Championship.

Defoy represented Wales seven times in the World Cup and won the Welsh Professional Championship four times.

Professional winsEdit

Playoff recordEdit

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1977 Skol Lager Individual   Nick Faldo,   Chris Witcher (a) Faldo won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
The Open Championship T52 CUT CUT 4 T23 T31 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: Defoy only played in the Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969, 1975 and 1983)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "The Bird". The Kane Republican. 16 December 1976. p. 6 – via Craig DeFoy was born at Kane Community Hospital. His grandfather once operated a barber shop on Kane's West Side. Craig's father served with the Pennsylvania 28th Division troops in World War II and during the war married a girl from Cardiff, Wales. The couple came to Kane and Craig was born. Then the DeFoys moved back to Wales.
  2. ^ "Defoy's one shot win in Gor-Ray tournament". The Glasgow Herald. 17 May 1968. p. 8.
  3. ^ "De Foy in a fine finish". The Times. 25 July 1969. p. 16.
  4. ^ "Energen victory for Defoy". The Glasgow Herald. 15 October 1969. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Butler settles it with birdie". The Glasgow Herald. 20 May 1974. p. 5.
  6. ^ "European Seniors Tour profile". PGA European Tour. Archived from the original on 6 June 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2012.

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