Michael Clayton (golfer)
Michael Andrew Clayton (born 30 May 1957) is an Australian professional golfer. He played on the PGA Tour of Australasia from 1981 until he turned 50 in 2007. He found success there, winning seven times between 1982 and 1994.
|Full name||Michael Andrew Clayton|
|Born||30 May 1957|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Current tour(s)||European Seniors Tour|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour|
PGA Tour of Australasia
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||7|
|Best results in major championships|
|The Open Championship||T46: 1986|
Clayton was born in Melbourne, Victoria. He had a very successful amateur career which included the 1978 Australian Amateur, and the Victorian Amateur in 1977 and 1981. He turned professional in 1981, the same year he joined the Australian Tour. He won his first tour event one year later and would win six more times between then and 1994.
Clayton played on the European Tour from 1982 to 2000, winning the 1984 Timex Open. He also won the 1984 Kolon Korean Open. His best finish on the Australian Order of Merit was 4th in 1994. He would never lose his playing status until he became eligible for the Australian Senior's Tour.
He is most known from his "Infamous Putt" which resulted in a one stroke penalty. As the putt was traveling towards the hole, Clayton twirled his putter in the air, but it slipped. He dove toward the putter and knocked it into the ball. The ball then hit Clayton as he was lying on the green.
Clayton is now a golf course architect, partnering with 2006 U.S. Open champion Geoff Ogilvy to create the firm Ogilvy Clayton Cocking Mead Golf Course Design. Clayton designed or was involved in the design of Barnbougle Dunes in Bridport, Tasmania and the Ranfurlie course at Amstel Golf Club.
Amateur wins (6)Edit
Professional wins (9)Edit
PGA Tour of Australasia wins (7)Edit
- 1982 Victorian Open
- 1984 Tasmanian Open
- 1989 Victorian Open
- 1992 Australian Match Play Championship
- 1994 Heineken Classic, Schweppes Coolum Classic
European Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||17 Jun 1984||Timex Open||−16 (67-65-61-67=260)||3 strokes||Peter Teravainen, Sam Torrance|
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1990||Wang Four Stars|| Rodger Davis, Bill Malley,
|Davis won with birdie on seventh extra hole|
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par on first hole
Other wins (1)Edit
- 1984 Maekyung Open
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T46||CUT||T57||T59||CUT||CUT||CUT|
Note: Clayton only played in The Open Championship.
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied