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Desmond John Smyth (born 12 February 1953) is an Irish professional golfer. He won eight times on the European Tour between 1979 and 2001. He also had a successful senior career winning twice on the Champions Tour and five times on the European Senior Tour between 2005 and 2012. He played in two Ryder Cup matches, 1979 and 1981.

Des Smyth
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Personal information
Full nameDesmond John Smyth
Born (1953-02-12) 12 February 1953 (age 66)
Drogheda, County Louth
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight168 lb (76 kg; 12.0 st)
Nationality Ireland
ResidenceDrogheda, County Louth
Career
Turned professional1974
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Champions Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins24
Number of wins by tour
European Tour8
PGA Tour Champions2
European Senior Tour5
Other7 (regular)
2 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT4: 1982

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Professional careerEdit

Smyth turned professional in 1974 and was a member of the European Tour for over a quarter of a century. His best finish on the European Tour Order of Merit was seventh in 1988. He won eight tournaments on the tour across four different decades, breaking Neil Coles' record as the oldest man to win a European Tour event when he claimed the 2001 Madeira Island Open at the age of 48 years and 34 days. This record was broken by Miguel Ángel Jiménez (48 years, 11 months, 13 days) at the 2012 UBS Hong Kong Open.

Smyth represented Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1979 and 1981, losing on both occasions to the United States. Smyth also represented his country in the World Cup and the Alfred Dunhill Cup many times and was a member of the Irish team (alongside Eamonn Darcy and Ronan Rafferty) which won the latter in 1988. At the 2006 Ryder Cup, he was one of Ian Woosnam's vice-captains.[1]

After turning fifty in 2003, Smyth had a successful career in senior golf, winning tournaments on both the Champions Tour and the European Senior Tour.

Smyth is the only golfer to win European Tour events in 4 different decades.

Personal lifeEdit

Smyth has a son, Greg, a horticultural student at IT Blanchardstown. Greg won Ireland's eighth largest lottery jackpot of €9,426,636 on 13 August 2008.[2]

Amateur winsEdit

  • 1973 West of Ireland Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (24)Edit

European Tour wins (8)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 5 Aug 1979 Sun Alliance European Match Play Championship 1 up   Nick Price
2 8 Jun 1980 Newcastle Brown "900" Open −12 (67-70-70-69=276) 1 stroke   Graham Burroughs,   Neil Coles,
  Greg Norman
3 22 Jun 1980 Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open −7 (67-71-69-66=273) Playoff   Brian Waites
4 28 Jun 1981 Coral Classic −6 (67-72-70-73=282) 2 strokes   Michael King,   Bernhard Langer,
  John O'Leary
5 30 Oct 1983 Sanyo Open −9 (72-66-70-71=279) 1 stroke   Hugh Baiocchi,   Mark James
6 23 Oct 1988 BNP Jersey Open −15 (69-68-69-67=273) Playoff   Roger Chapman
7 31 Oct 1993 Madrid Open −16 (65-68-68-71=272) 3 strokes   Domingo Hospital,   José Rivero,
  Mark Roe,   Wayne Westner
8 18 Mar 2001 Madeira Island Open −18 (66-70-68-66=270) 2 strokes   John Bickerton

European Tour playoff record (2–3)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1980 Cold Shield Greater Manchester Open   Brian Waites Won with birdie on sixth extra hole
2 1982 Jersey Open   Eamonn Darcy,   Bernard Gallacher Gallacher won with par on fifth extra hole
Darcy eliminated by birdie on second hole
3 1984 Sanyo Open   Sam Torrance Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1986 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship   Rodger Davis Lost to bogey on third extra hole
5 1988 BNP Jersey Open   Roger Chapman Won with birdie on fifth extra hole

Other wins (7)Edit

Champions Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 13 Mar 2005 SBC Classic −5 (71-72-68=211) 1 stroke   Mark McNulty,   D. A. Weibring
2 24 Apr 2005 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf −8 (66-71-71=208) 2 strokes   Tom Jenkins

Champions Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2005 Senior British Open   Tom Watson Lost to par on third extra hole

European Senior Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 12 Nov 2005 Arcapita Seniors Tour Championship −10 (68-68-70=206) 2 strokes   John Chillas
2 5 Aug 2007 Wentworth Senior Masters −6 (70-71-69=210) 2 strokes   Bob Charles
3 5 Sep 2010 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −10 (66-71-69=206) 3 strokes   Carl Mason
4 26 Jun 2011 Van Lanschot Senior Open −6 (71-74-65=210) 2 strokes   Peter Fowler,   Tim Thelen
5 2 Sep 2012 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters (2) −10 (72-66-68=206) 1 stroke   Peter Fowler

Other senior wins (2)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship CUT T31 T4 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
The Open Championship CUT T44 CUT T27 CUT DQ T15 CUT
Tournament 2000 2001 2002
The Open Championship T13 T28

Note: Smyth only played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1977, 1980 and 1985 Open Championships)
DQ = Disqualified
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Des Smyth & Peter Baker named Ryder Cup assistants"
  2. ^ "Golfer's son wins Lotto jackpot". RTÉ. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 14 August 2008.

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