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Craig Defoy
Personal information
Full name Craig Bryan Defoy
Born (1947-03-27) 27 March 1947 (age 76)
Kane, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14.0 st)
Nationality  Wales
Residence Kingston Upon Thames, London, England
Career
Turned professional 1964
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins 13
Best results in Major Championships
The Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship 4th: 1971
PGA Championship DNP

Craig Bryan Defoy (born 27 March 1947) is a Welsh professional golfer. He finished fourth in the 1971 Open Championship.

Professional career

Defoy had a successful start to his tournament career, winning three age-restricted events, the Gor-Ray Under-24 Championship in 1968 and Lord Derby’s Under-23 Professional Tournament and the Energen Junior Match Play, for under-25s, in 1969.

Defoy later played on the European Tour where he did not win but had three second-place finishes: 1973 Spanish Open, 1976 Sun Alliance Match Play Championship, and 1977 Skol Lager Individual (playoff loss). Playing with Derek Small he was also runner-up in the 1974 Sumrie-Bournemouth Better-Ball, losing a playoff. He won five times on the Safari Circuit between 1970 and 1973.

Defoy also played on the European Seniors Tour where his best finish was as runner-up in the 1997 Jersey Seniors Open and in the 2001 SSL International Sodexho Match Play Championship.

Defoy represented Wales seven times in the World Cup and won the Welsh Professional Championship four times.

Professional wins

  • 1968 Gor-Ray Under-24 Championship
  • 1969 Lord Derby’s Under-23 Professional Tournament, Energen Junior Match Play
  • 1970 Cock of the North
  • 1971 Mufulira Open
  • 1972 Zambia Open, Mufulira Open
  • 1973 Zambia Open
  • 1975 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 1977 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 1981 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 1982 Welsh Professional Championship
  • 1999 PGA Senior Club Professional Championship

Playoff record

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1977 Skol Lager Individual England Nick Faldo, Australia Chris Witcher (a) Faldo won with birdie on first extra hole

Results in major championships

Tournament 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983
The Open Championship T52 CUT CUT 4 T23 T31 CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT

Note: Defoy only played in the Open Championship.
     Top 10      Did not play CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969, 1975 and 1983)
"T" = tied

Team appearances

  • World Cup (representing Wales): 1971, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978
  • Double Diamond International (representing Wales): 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977
  • Philip Morris International (representing Wales): 1975
  • PGA Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1981 (tie), 1984 (winners), 1996 (tie, non-playing captain), 1998 (non-playing captain)
  • Hennessy Cognac Cup (representing Wales): 1984
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