About Paul Broadhurst

By Denise Sullivan

Paul Broadhurst was born in Atherstone, Warwickshire, England, on August 14, 1965. He turned pro in 1989 after a successful amateur career that included being the 1988 British Open Championship's lowest scoring amateur. Broadhurst has had a steady and long stint on the European Tour and played his 500th tour event in 2008.

Early Success

Broadhurst started his professional career with a bang, posting his first win at the Credit Lyonnais Cannes Open only a few months after joining the European Tour. He was named the tour's Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year. In 1990, he shot a 63 in the British Open at the legendary St. Andrews golf course. As of 2009, this is still a tournament record.

1991 Ryder Cup

Although the European team was unable to defeat the Americans, Broadhurst was unbeaten in the 1991 Ryder Cup international competition. He teamed with Ian Woosnam to win a four ball match over Hale Irwin and Paul Azinger by a two-and-one score. The next day, he defeated Mark O'Meara in a singles match by a three-and-one score.

Mid-Career Struggles

Between 1991 and 1995, Broadhurst only posted three tournament wins: the 1991 European Pro-Celebrity, the 1993 International Open and the 1995 Peugeot Open de France. His highest money list ranking came in 1996, when he was ninth on the European Tour's Order of Merit. In the ten years after that, he was not able to win a single tournament. The low point came in 2000, when he suffered a major injury to his right hand. The next year, he did not finish high enough in the 2001 qualifying tournament to retain his tour card.

Rebuilding His Career

After struggling for two years, Broadhurst ranked 89th on the money list in 2003 to earn full-time status on the European Tour again. In 2005, Broadhurst finally scored another tournament victory in the Portugese Open. He was able to defend his title in 2006 on the strength of an opening round 64. He finished 17 under to win the title by one stroke. His 2006 tournament results earned him a top-50 spot on the Official World Golf Rankings.

Recent European Tour Results

Broadhurst posted only one top-10 finish in 2008, taking fourth in the SAS Masters for a payday of €67,947. Through August, Broadhurst has earned €250,806 on the European Tour in 2009 and is ranked 88th. His highest finish was a fourth in the Estoril Open de Portugal. He has made the cut in 11 of the 21 events started.

About The Author

Denise Sullivan has been a professional writer for four years after a long career in business. Her areas of expertise are business, law, gaming, home renovations, gardening, sports, and exercise. She is also a tennis and golf enthusiast and enjoys traveling the Western states.

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