- 2016 Senior Open Championship presented by Rolex, his, maiden major victory
Champions PGA Tour Highlights:
- 2016 Nature Valley First Tee Open win
European Senior Tour Highlights:
- 2016 John Jacobs European Senior Tour Order of Merit winner
- 2015 Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Senior Open victory on Senior Tour debut
European Tour Highlights:
- 2006 Algrave Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Despositos - 1st
- 2005 Estoril Open de Portugal Caixa Geral de Despositos – 1st
- 1995 Peugeot Open de France – 1st
- 1993 Benson and Hedges International Open – 1st
- 1991 European Pro-Celebrity – 1st
- 1989 Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open – 1st
- 1990 Motorola Classic – 1st
- 1991 Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island – unbeaten after a fourball win with Ian Woosnam over hale Irwin and Paul Azinger before beating Mark O’Meara in the singles
- 2015 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year
In 2008 Paul played in his 500th European Tour event, a magnificent achievement having turned professional in 1988 off a handicap of plus 2 and since that very first day Paul didn’t look back. It only took Paul a year on tour before he lifted his first title at the Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open, the first of six European Tour professional titles.
Hailing from Nuneaton, Leicestershire, Paul is one of the most familiar faces on the European Tour and has played in some of the world’s biggest professional golf tournaments including the Open Championship where in 1990 at St Andrews he shot a record low score of 63, which still stands to this day.
However, if you ask Paul himself, his greatest achievement in the game was representing Europe at the 1991 Ryder Cup, his only appearance. Despite being a rookie Paul covered himself in great glory as he went on to record two points from two matches including a singles victory over Mark O’Meara who later went on to become a Major champion.
Paul has been counting down the days and months until he turned 50 in August 2015 and was eligible to join the European Seniors Tour, however he wasn’t twiddling his thumbs at home as he was playing a whole host of regional, senior and mini tour events to keep match sharp. The practice obviously paid off as Paul lifted his debut European Senior Tour trophy at his debut event and is now the 2015 Prostate Cancer UK Scottish Senior Open Champion. Paul went on to play in the final three events of the European Senior Tour year and with a fourth place finish at the French Riviera Masters and a 10th place at the season ending MCB Tour Championship, Paul claimed the 2015 Sir Henry Cotton European Senior Tour Rookie of the Year title. Only the second player in history to win Rookie titles on both the main tour and the senior tour. n 2016 Paul participated in his first Senior Open Championship, only his second major championship as a Senior Tour professional. Having set records throughout his career this was another week where the history books were re-written as Paul defeated Miguel Angel Jimenez in the final round at Carnoustie to lift his maiden major championship title. This gained him entry into the 2017 Open Championship as well as an exemption on the PGA Champions Tour in America for 2016-17.
Paul soon extended his PGA Champions Tour exemption in the United States to the 2018 season as in only his fourth start on the Champions Tour, Paul lifted the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, becoming only the third person since Tom Watson and Ben Hogan to win at both Carnoustie and Pebble Beach. Paul then went on to finish 30th on the final PGA Champions Tour Charles Schwab Cup Order of Merit, a magnificent season especially considering he only played half a season having become exempt in July.
However this trophy wasn’t the last one Paul collected in 2016 and before the season was complete Paul also went on to take the John Jacobs trophy on the European Senior Tour, awarded to the player winning the Order of Merit, something he did by almost 190,000 from his nearest competitor, a resounding victory.
Good luck to Paul on both sides of the pond for 2017 onwards and at Royal Birkdale for the British Open Championship, from all at Champions of Golf.