Dale Hayes (born 1 July 1952) is a South African professional golfer.
|Full name||Dale Hayes|
|Born||1 July 1952|
Pretoria, Union of South Africa
|Height||6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)|
|Weight||276 lb (125 kg; 19.7 st)|
|Residence||Sandton, South Africa|
|Former tour(s)||Sunshine Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T19: 1976|
|The Open Championship||T11: 1978|
|Achievements and awards|
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 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. 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.
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,|
|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)
|1||1979||Italian Open||Brian Barnes||Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole|
South African Tour wins (13)Edit
- 1971 Bert Hagerman Invitational
- 1973 Corlett Drive Classic, Schoeman Park Open, Rhodesian Masters, Rolux Open
- 1974 Beck's PGA Championship, Holiday Inns Royal Swazi Sun Open
- 1975 Beck's PGA Championship, Holiday Inns Royal Swazi Sun Open
- 1976 BP South African Open Championship, Sportsman Lager PGA Championship
- 1978 ICL International, Kronenbrau South African Masters
Other wins (5)Edit
- This list is incomplete.
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||17||CUT||T39||CUT||T32||T48||T11||CUT||T38||CUT|
- Berkovitz, Anton; Samson, Andrew (1993). South Africa and international sports factfinder. D. Nelson. p. 96. ISBN 1868061019.
- 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.
- "Job third to Hayes in Classic". The Herald. Glasgow. 19 February 1973. p. 4.
- "Hayes wins". The Herald. Glasgow. 17 December 1973. p. 4.