Mike Clayton (golfer)

Michael Andrew Clayton (born 30 May 1957) is an Australian professional golfer, golf course architect and commentator on the game. He won the 1984 Timex Open on the European Tour and won six times on the PGA Tour of Australasia between 1982 and 1994.

Mike Clayton
Senior Open 2010 Mike Clayton.JPG
Personal information
Full nameMichael Andrew Clayton
Born (1957-05-30) 30 May 1957 (age 63)
Melbourne, Australia
Height1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceMelbourne, Australia
Turned professional1981
Current tour(s)European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins8
Highest ranking91 (29 January 1995)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
PGA Tour of Australasia6
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT46: 1986

Amateur careerEdit

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.

Professional careerEdit

Clayton 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 in Biarritz.[2] He also won the 1984 Maekyung 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.

Clayton was famously brought to attention for his "Infamous Putt", of which resulted in a one stroke penalty. As his putt was traveling towards the hole, Clayton twirled his putter in the air, but it slipped from his hands - he then dived towards the putter to catch it and in doing so, moved the ball with the putter, after which the ball hit him as he lay on the green.[3]

Clayton played on the European Seniors Tour. He was runner-up in the 2009 Jersey Seniors Classic, losing at the third playoff hole to Delroy Cambridge.

Clayton is now a golf course architect, partnering with 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.

Clayton also regularly appears on golfing podcasts to discuss the state of the game and golf course architecture.

Amateur winsEdit

Professional wins (8)Edit

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)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1990 Wang Four Stars   Rodger Davis,   Bill Malley,
  Mark McNulty
Davis won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par on first hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (6)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 14 Feb 1982 Victorian Open −7 (67-72-74-68=281) 3 strokes   Bob Shearer
2 5 Feb 1984 Tasmanian Open −13 (67-71-67-70=275) 2 strokes   John Clifford,   Wayne Grady
3 5 Feb 1989 Victorian Open (2) −3 (69-67-75-74=285) 2 strokes   Ossie Moore
4 9 Feb 1992 Mercedes-Benz Australian Match Play Championship 4 & 3   Peter McWhinney
5 30 Jan 1994 Heineken Classic −9 (67-71-71-70=279) 3 strokes   Wayne Smith
6 18 Dec 1994 Schweppes Coolum Classic −11 (69-73-66-69=277) 4 strokes   Andre Stolz

Asia Golf Circuit wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 15 Apr 1984 Maekyung Open −5 (75-66-71-71=283) 1 stroke   John Jacobs,   Lu Hsi-chuen

Playoff recordEdit

European Senior Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2009 Jersey Seniors Classic   Delroy Cambridge Lost to par on third extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
The Open Championship CUT CUT T46 CUT T57 T59 CUT CUT CUT

Note: Clayton only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

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

Team appearancesEdit


  1. ^ "Week 4 1995 Ending 29 Jan 1995" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 1 November 2019.
  2. ^ "Meanwhile a first for Clayton". Sydney Morning Herald. 19 June 1984. p. 30.
  3. ^ Video of the putt on YouTube

External linksEdit