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England and Wales (North) Region

Durnian Open record low still safe

24 Jul 17


Denis Durnian’s record for the lowest nine-hole total of 28 during the second round of the Open at Royal Birkdale in 1983 still stands after Branden Grace failed to match him by a shot.

But the South African went on to create championship history as he completed his round in eight-under-par 62. 

For Durnian, his feat was the only occasion he survived the cut in eight successive Open appearances.

The Wigan-born professional, recently reinstated as an amateur after handing in his PGA honorary membership badge, never won an event during his 30-year stint on the Europe Tour.

However, he did finish second on four occasions, which included a matchplay final, and twice lost in play-offs.

He looked certain to make the Ryder Cup team in 1983 but lost out to Paul Way.

Ironically, he won the PLM Open in 1985 which was elevated to European Tour status the following year. The twice British Club Professional Champion achieved his highest finish of 20th in the Order of Merit in 1988.

After turning 50 he joined the European Senior Tour, winning three tournaments, and was second in the rankings in 2001 and 2002

Today, at 67, he is enjoying playing as a one-handicapper at Chorley Golf Club which is close to home.


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