Noel Ratcliffe

Noel Anthony Ratcliffe (born 17 January 1945) is an Australian professional golfer.

Noel Ratcliffe
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At the Dutch Senior Open, 2010
Personal information
Full nameNoel Anthony Ratcliffe
Born (1945-01-17) 17 January 1945 (age 75)
Sydney, Australia
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Nationality Australia
ResidenceSydney, Australia
Turned professional1974
Current tour(s)European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
PGA Tour of Australasia
Professional wins16
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
European Senior Tour8
Other3 (regular)
3 (senior)
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT38: 1988
Achievements and awards
European Seniors Tour
Order of Merit winner

Ratcliffe turned to golf exceptionally late for a future professional, and didn't own a set of clubs until he was twenty-one. He studied pharmacy and worked for an insurance company and in public service before turning professional in 1974. Like many Australian golfers of his era, he divided his time between the PGA Tour of Australia and the European Tour. In his regular career he won three titles in Australasia and two in Europe, where his best year was 1978 when he finished 11th on the Order of Merit.

Since turning fifty he has been successful on the European Seniors Tour, where he topped the Order of Merit in 2000, made the top five on four other occasions, and won eight tournaments. He was the second man to win over one million Euro on the tour.

Professional wins (16)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 Jun 1978 Belgian Open −12 (72-70-72-66=280) 1 stroke   Chris Tickner
2 16 Aug 1987 Benson & Hedges International Open −13 (69-70-70-66=275) 2 strokes   Ove Sellberg

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1978 Benson & Hedges International Open   Neil Coles,   Lee Trevino Trevino won with par on fourth extra hole
Ratcliffe eliminated by par on first hole

Australasian wins (3)Edit

European Senior Tour wins (8)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 28 Jun 1997 Manadens Affarer Seniors Open −9 (69-67-68=204) 7 strokes   Steve Wild
2 13 Jul 1997 Senior German Open −12 (66-69-69=204) 2 strokes   David Creamer
3 3 Sep 2000 The Scotsman Scottish Seniors Open −11 (68-72-65=205) 1 stroke   Trevor Downing
4 24 Sep 2000 TEMES Seniors Open −5 (71-69-71=211) 2 strokes   Maurice Bembridge,   Denis O'Sullivan
5 5 May 2001 Beko Classic −7 (69-73-67=209) 1 stroke   Terry Gale
6 5 Aug 2001 De Vere Hotels Seniors Classic −11 (67-71-67=205) 1 stroke   Jerry Bruner,   Simon Owen
7 18 May 2003 AIB Irish Seniors Open −5 (69-69-73=211) 1 stroke   Delroy Cambridge,   Martin Gray,
  Bob Lendzion
8 5 Jun 2005 AIB Irish Seniors Open (2) −6 (71-68-71=210) 2 strokes   Luis Carbonetti

Other senior wins (3)Edit

  • 1995 Australian Senior Open
  • 2001 Australian PGA Seniors Championship
  • 2008 Polygiene Australian PGA Seniors Championship

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988
The Open Championship CUT T41 CUT CUT T38

Note: Ratcliffe only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1978 and 1981 Open Championships)
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit



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