Rodger Davis

Rodger Miles Davis (born 18 May 1951) is an Australian professional golfer.

Rodger Davis
Personal information
Full nameRodger Miles Davis
Born (1951-05-18) 18 May 1951
Sydney, Australia
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb; 14 st 2 lb)
Nationality Australia
ResidencePalm Beach, Australia
Turned professional1974
Current tour(s)European Seniors Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins30
Highest ranking7 (19 July 1987)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour7
PGA Tour of Australasia19
PGA Tour Champions1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament29th: 1988
PGA ChampionshipT52: 1988
U.S. OpenT36: 1987
The Open ChampionshipT2: 1987
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australasia
Order of Merit winner
1990, 1991

Davis was born in Sydney. He turned professional in 1974 and spent his regular career playing mainly on the PGA Tour of Australasia and the European Tour. He won the PGA Tour of Australasia Order of Merit in 1990 and 1991. He made the top ten of the European Tour Order of Merit four times in the late 1980s and early 1990s. His seven European Tour wins included two of Europe's most prestigious tournaments; the British PGA Championship, which he won in 1986 at Wentworth Club, and the season ending Volvo Masters, which he claimed in 1991. His best finish on the PGA Tour was a tie for fifth at the 1986 NEC World Series of Golf.

Davis was ranked in the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 29 weeks between 1987 and 1992.[2] In the 1987 Open Championship, Davis shot a first round of 64 at Muirfield to lead the tournament by three strokes after the opening round. He finished the championship in a tie for 2nd place with American Paul Azinger, a stroke behind the champion Nick Faldo. The 1987 Open Championship is Davis's best finish in a major championship.

Davis represented Australia in team competitions several times, and was a member of his country's winning three-man team at the 1986 Alfred Dunhill Cup.

As a senior, he played mainly on the U.S.-based Champions Tour (2001–05), where he won once, the 2003 Toshiba Senior Classic. He played on the European Seniors Tour in 2011 and 2012.

Amateur wins (1)

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (30)

European Tour wins (7)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 Jul 1981 State Express Classic −5 (70-68-74-71=283) 2 strokes Greg Norman
2 26 May 1986 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship −7 (70-72-71-68=281) Playoff Des Smyth
3 12 Jun 1988 Wang Four Stars National Pro-Celebrity −13 (69-63-71-72=275) 1 stroke José María Cañizares, Eamonn Darcy
4 29 Apr 1990 Peugeot Spanish Open −11 (74-69-68-66=277) 1 stroke Nick Faldo, Peter Fowler,
Bernhard Langer
5 17 Jun 1990 Wang Four Stars −17 (67-72-65-67=271) Playoff Michael Clayton, Bill Malley,
Mark McNulty
6 27 Oct 1991 Volvo Masters −4 (68-73-68-71=280) 1 stroke Nick Faldo
7 2 May 1993 Air France Cannes Open −13 (68-64-69-70=271) Playoff Mark McNulty

European Tour playoff record (3–2)

1 1986 Whyte & Mackay PGA Championship Des Smyth Won with bogey on third extra hole
2 1986 German Open Bernhard Langer Lost to birdie on fifth extra hole
3 1990 Wang Four Stars Michael Clayton, Bill Malley,
Mark McNulty
Won with birdie on seventh extra hole
Malley and McNulty eliminated by par on first hole
4 1991 Mercedes German Masters Bernhard Langer Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1993 Air France Cannes Open Mark McNulty Won with par on first extra hole

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (19)

Other wins (1)

Champions Tour wins (1)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 23 Mar 2003 Toshiba Senior Classic −16 (65-64-68=213) 4 strokes Larry Nelson

Other senior wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open
The Open Championship T52 T52 5
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament 29
U.S. Open T36 T47
The Open Championship T38 T39 CUT T26 CUT CUT T2 T20 CUT
PGA Championship CUT T52
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998
Masters Tournament 63
U.S. Open T46 CUT
The Open Championship CUT T12 CUT T24 CUT T33 T44
PGA Championship CUT CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000022
U.S. Open00000043
The Open Championship0102251912
PGA Championship00000041
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (1977 Open Championship – 1981 Open Championship)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Team appearances

See also


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