Dale Hayes

Dale Hayes (born 1 July 1952) is a South African professional golfer.

Dale Hayes
Personal information
Full nameDale Hayes
Born (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 68)
Pretoria, Union of South Africa
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight276 lb (125 kg; 19.7 st)
Nationality South Africa
ResidenceSandton, South Africa
Turned professional1970
Former tour(s)Sunshine Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins22
Number of wins by tour
European Tour4
Sunshine Tour13
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT19: 1976
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1978
Achievements and awards
Sunshine Tour
Order of Merit winner
European Tour
Order of Merit winner

Career outlineEdit

Hayes won the 15–17 Boys category at the Junior World Golf Championships in 1969. He turned professional the following year and quickly became a successful pro. He won more than a dozen events in South Africa, leading the South African Tour Order of Merit in 1972/73[1] and finishing as runner up in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1979. In 1974 he won the World Cup of Golf for South Africa in partnership with Bobby Cole.

In 1971, Hayes won the Spanish Open at the age of 18 years and 290 days, becoming the youngest winner on the European Tour, a record which stood until Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. By 1973 he was fourth on the European Tour Order of Merit, improving to second in 1974 and first in 1975. He played on the PGA Tour in 1976 and 1977, with a best finish of tied for second at the 1977 Florida Citrus Open.[2] He also finished in the top four in 1978 and 1979, but played little professional golf after his late twenties.

Since he stopped playing tour golf Hayes has remained involved in the sport in a variety of ways. He has worked as a broadcaster in South Africa and for the Golf Channel, started and edited a golf magazine and helped to found an internet golf shopping business. He is involved in golf course design through a company called Matkovich & Hayes, although he deals only with marketing and public relations, while the actual design is handled by his business partner Peter Matkovic, a professional golfer with a modest playing record. Hayes also works as a public speaker and gives golf clinics.

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (22)Edit

European Tour wins (4)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 20 Jul 1975 Swiss Open −7 (68-69-66-70=273) 1 stroke   Tienie Britz,   Bernard Gallacher,
  Gary Player
2 7 May 1978 Italian Open +5 (74-72-68-79=293) 3 strokes   Vin Baker,   Tommy Horton
3 15 May 1978 French Open −19 (66-69-67-67=269) 11 strokes   Seve Ballesteros
4 22 Apr 1979 Spanish Open −10 (70-75-67-66=278) 2 strokes   Brian Barnes

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1979 Italian Open   Brian Barnes Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

South African Tour wins (13)Edit

Other wins (5)Edit

This list is incomplete.

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Masters Tournament CUT T19 CUT
The Open Championship CUT 17 CUT T39 CUT T32 T48 T11 CUT T38 CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972 Open Championship)
"T" = tied
Note: Hayes never played in the U.S. Open or the PGA Championship.

Team appearancesEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Berkovitz, Anton; Samson, Andrew (1993). South Africa and international sports factfinder. D. Nelson. p. 96. ISBN 1868061019.
  2. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 239–40. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  3. ^ "Job third to Hayes in Classic". The Herald. Glasgow. 19 February 1973. p. 4.
  4. ^ "Hayes wins". The Herald. Glasgow. 17 December 1973. p. 4.

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