Tony Johnstone

Anthony Alastair Johnstone (born 2 May 1956) is a Zimbabwean professional golfer.

Tony Johnstone
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Personal information
Full nameAnthony Alastair Johnstone
Born (1956-05-02) 2 May 1956 (age 64)
Bulawayo, Southern Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe)
Height1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight68 kg (150 lb; 10.7 st)
Nationality Zimbabwe
ResidenceSunningdale, England
Career
Turned professional1979
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Sunshine Tour
Professional wins25
Highest ranking22 (30 January 1994)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour6
Sunshine Tour17
European Senior Tour2
Other1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentCUT: 1993
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 1992, 1993, 1994
U.S. OpenT77: 1993
The Open ChampionshipT34: 1992
Achievements and awards
Southern Africa Tour
Order of Merit winner
1988/89, 1993/94

Johnstone was born in Bulawayo, Rhodesia and attended Christian Brothers College. He lives in Sunningdale in England. He turned professional in 1979 and has spent his career playing mainly on the Southern African Sunshine Tour and in Europe. He won six times on the European Tour and finished a career best seventh on the European Tour Order of Merit in 1992. His most prestigious win came at the 1992 British PGA Championship. He won seventeen times on the Sunshine Tour, including one co-sanctioned event also included in his European Tour win tally, and he topped that tour's Order of Merit in 1988/89 and 1993/94. He has represented Zimbabwe in international competition many times.

In 2004 Johnstone was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, possibly ending his playing career. With a revolutionary drug treatment, he appears to have put his MS in remission and made his European Seniors Tour debut shortly after turning fifty in 2006.[2] In 2008 he won his first EST event, the Jersey Seniors Classic.[3] He won his second event on the Senior tour in 2009 at the Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters.

Johnstone is noted for his excellent short game and topped the European Tour's short game statistics in 1998, 1999 and 2000. He has also worked as a golf broadcaster.

Television workEdit

  • Johnstone currently works for Sky Sports as golf commentator. He was also a presenter for a television series called Bush Hacking. Three seasons were produced which were filmed in the Kruger Park and Shamwari in South Africa. The two minute episodes were broadcast as fillers during live golf coverage on Sky Sports and also broadcast on SuperGolf on SuperSport.

Professional wins (25)Edit

European Tour wins (6)Edit

Legend
Volvo PGA Championships (1)
Other European Tour (5)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 4 Nov 1984 Portuguese Open −14 (70-69-67-68=274) 3 strokes   Michael King
2 12 Aug 1990 Murphy's Cup 50 pts (6-23-6-15=50) 2 points   Malcolm MacKenzie
3 9 Jun 1991 Murphy's Cup (2) 40 pts (10-9-9-12=40) Playoff   Eamonn Darcy
4 25 May 1992 Volvo PGA Championship −16 (67-70-70-65=272) 2 strokes   Gordon Brand Jnr,   José María Olazábal
5 15 Feb 1998 Alfred Dunhill South African PGA Championship1 −17 (68-64-67-72=271) 2 strokes   Ernie Els
6 11 Mar 2001 Qatar Masters −14 (68-70-66-70=274) 2 strokes   Robert Karlsson

1Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (1–4)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1981 Swiss Open   Antonio Garrido,   Manuel Piñero Piñero won with birdie on first extra hole
2 1991 Murphy's Cup   Eamonn Darcy Won with eagle on second extra hole
3 1992 Benson & Hedges International Open   Peter Senior Lost to par on first extra hole
4 1992 Dunhill British Masters   Christy O'Connor Jnr Lost to birdie on first extra hole
5 1996 Turespaña Masters   Diego Borrego Lost to par on third extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (17)Edit

1Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Other wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 28 Nov 2009 Gary Player Invitational
(with   Ángel Cabrera)
−15 (66-65=131) 3 strokes   John Bland and   Tjaart van der Walt,
  Bill Longmuir and   Omar Sandys

European Senior Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 8 Jun 2008 Jersey Seniors Classic −3 (69-70-74=213) 2 strokes   Gordon J. Brand,   Ross Drummond,
  Ángel Franco,   Bertus Smit
2 6 Sep 2009 Travis Perkins plc Senior Masters −10 (69-71-66=206) 1 stroke   Peter Senior

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T77
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT T39 CUT CUT T52 T73 T34 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT CUT CUT
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1982 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Week 5 1994 Ending 30 Jan 1994" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  2. ^ Harris, Cathy (19 May 2006). "Fit-again Johnstone happy to be back in the swing of things". The Times. London. Retrieved 22 June 2009.
  3. ^ https://golfbusinessnews.com/news/people/tony-johnstone-welcomed-as-edga-ambassador/

External linksEdit