John Louis Bland (born 22 September 1945) is a South African professional golfer who has won more than thirty professional tournaments around the world.

John Bland
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Personal information
Full nameJohn Louis Bland
Born (1945-09-22) 22 September 1945 (age 74)
Johannesburg, South Africa
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight73 kg (161 lb; 11.5 st)
Nationality South Africa
ResidenceKnysna, South Africa
Turned professional1970
Former tour(s)European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Champions Tour
European Senior Tour
Professional wins36
Highest ranking49 (28 April 1991)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Sunshine Tour21 (5th all time)
Challenge Tour1
PGA Tour Champions5
European Senior Tour3
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT16: 1980
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit Winner
1977/78, 1987/88, 1989/90, 1990/91
Senior PGA Tour
Rookie of the Year

Bland was born in Johannesburg. Turning professional in 1969, he was a leading player on the Southern African Tour for over twenty years. He spent the northern summers playing on the European Tour, where he won twice. He was a more consistent contender than this tally might suggest, as he finished in the top-20 on the Order of Merit six times.

After reaching the age of fifty in 1995, Bland played mainly on the United States-based Champions Tour. He won five tournaments in this venue, including four in 1996, when he finished third on the money list. He has also won three tournaments on the European Senior Tour.

Bland is a friend of fellow South African golfer Gary Player and regularly plays in the Gary Player Invitational charity golf series to raise money for children's causes around the world.

Professional wins (36)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 21 Aug 1983 Benson and Hedges International Open −15 (68-70-67-68=273) 1 stroke   Bernhard Langer
2 20 Apr 1986 Suze Open −12 (68-71-70-67=276) 4 strokes   Seve Ballesteros

Challenge Tour wins (1)Edit

  • 1991 Martini Open

Southern Africa Tour wins (21)Edit

Senior PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 22 Oct 1995 Ralphs Senior Classic −12 (69-67-65=201) 1 stroke   Jim Colbert
2 21 Jan 1996 Puerto Rico Senior Tournament of Champions −9 (69-68-70=207) 1 stroke   Jim Colbert
3 2 Jun 1996 Bruno's Memorial Classic −8 (67-70-71=208) Playoff   John Paul Cain,   Kermit Zarley
4 18 Aug 1996 Northville Long Island Classic −14 (70-66-66=202) 3 strokes   Jim Colbert
5 13 Oct 1996 The Transamerica −12 (69-69-66=204) 1 stroke   Jim Colbert

Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1996 Bruno's Memorial Classic   John Paul Cain,   Kermit Zarley Won with bogey on third extra hole
Zarley eliminated with par on second hole

European Senior Tour wins (3)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 1 Oct 1995 London Masters −6 (70-69-71=210) 4 strokes   Tony Grubb,   Hugh Inggs,
  John Morgan,   Bobby Verwey
2 9 Aug 2009 Bad Ragaz PGA Seniors Open −11 (65-69-65=199) Playoff   Bob Boyd
3 20 Jun 2010 Ryder Cup Wales Seniors Open −8 (69-68-71=208) 1 stroke   Ángel Franco,   Chris Williams

Other senior wins (4)Edit

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991
The Open Championship CUT T52 CUT T16 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT T53 T80

Note: Bland only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1979, 1981, 1982, 1983 and 1984 Open Championships)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 17 1991 Ending 28 Apr 1991" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 7 October 2019.

External linksEdit