David Smail (golfer)

David Smail (born 20 May 1970) is a professional golfer from New Zealand.[2]

David Smail
Personal information
Born (1970-05-20) 20 May 1970 (age 50)
Hamilton, New Zealand
Height1.95 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)
Nationality New Zealand
ResidenceHamilton, New Zealand
Turned professional1992
Current tour(s)Japan Golf Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins7
Highest ranking70 (23 February 2003)[1]
Number of wins by tour
Japan Golf Tour5
PGA Tour of Australasia2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipT67: 2009
U.S. OpenCUT: 2003, 2009
The Open ChampionshipT67: 2005

He was born in and resides in Hamilton, New Zealand. He won the New Zealand Open in 2001. He has won five titles on the Japan Golf Tour and has featured in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He has been the highest ranked golfer in New Zealand.

In September 2010, revelations about Smail's private life caused him to take an indefinite break from golf until 'at least mid-2011' following allegations from Sato Kurihara about an affair the pair had. Smail claims Kurihara made several threats to Smail's wife and children, and now a legal battle is underway.[3]

Professional wins (7)Edit

Japan Golf Tour wins (5)Edit

Japan Opens (1)
Japan majors (1)
Other Japan Golf Tour (4)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 20 Oct 2002 Japan Open Golf Championship −9 (71-66-67-67=271) 4 strokes   Kim Jong-duck
2 1 Dec 2002 Casio World Open −16 (68-68-64=200) 2 strokes   Brendan Jones
3 28 Nov 2004 Casio World Open (2) −12 (70-66-69-71=276) 1 stroke   Hunter Mahan
4 25 Sep 2005 Acom International −13 (64-65-69-73=271) 2 strokes   Taichi Teshima
5 23 Oct 2005 Bridgestone Open −16 (66-72-67-67=272) 2 strokes   Toru Suzuki

Japan Golf Tour playoff record (0–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2005 Gateway to the Open Mizuno Open   Chris Campbell,   Tadahiro Takayama Campbell won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2005 Japan Golf Tour Championship
Shishido Hills Cup
  Yasuharu Imano,   Kazuhiko Hosokawa Hosokawa won with par on second extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Jan 2001 New Zealand Open −7 (66-68-69-70=273) 2 strokes   Steven Alker,   Michael Campbell,
  Nathan Gatehouse
2 28 Jan 2001 Canon Challenge −19 (69-64-69-67=269) 1 stroke   David Gossett

Playoff recordEdit

Other playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2001 WGC-World Cup
(with   Michael Campbell)
  DenmarkThomas Bjørn and Søren Hansen,
  South AfricaRetief Goosen and Ernie Els,
  United StatesDavid Duval and Tiger Woods
South Africa won with par on second extra hole
New Zealand and United States eliminated by birdie on first hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament
The Open Championship 68 CUT T67 CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship T67
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Week 8 2003 Ending 23 Feb 2003" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ PGA Tour of Australasia Profile
  3. ^ Richens, Matt (3 September 2010). "Jilted lover haunts top golfer David Smail". Waikato Times. Retrieved 27 September 2011.

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