Dale Hayes

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Dale Hayes
Personal information
Full name Dale Hayes
Born (1952-07-01) 1 July 1952 (age 66)
Pretoria, South Africa
Height 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight 276 lb (125 kg; 19.7 st)
Nationality  South Africa
Residence Sandton, South Africa
College None
Turned professional 1970
Former tour(s) Sunshine Tour
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 21
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 4
Sunshine Tour 13 (T10th all time)
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T19: 1976
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T11: 1978
PGA Championship DNP
Achievements and awards
European Tour
Order of Merit winner

Dale Hayes (born 1 July 1952) is a South African professional golfer.

Career outline

Hayes won the 15–17 Boys category at the Junior World Golf Championships in 1969. He turned professional the following year and quickly became a successful pro. He won more than a dozen events in South Africa, and was runner up on the South African Tour Order of Merit in 1974, 1975, 1976 and 1979. In 1974 he won the World Cup of Golf for South Africa in partnership with Bobby Cole.

In 1971 Hayes won the Spanish Open at the age of 18 years and 290 days, becoming the youngest winner on the European Tour, a record which stood until Danny Lee won the 2009 Johnnie Walker Classic. By 1973 he was fourth on the European Tour Order of Merit, improving to second in 1974 and first in 1975. He played on the PGA Tour in 1976 and 1977, with a best finish of tied for second at the 1977 Florida Citrus Open.[1] He also finished in the top four in 1978 and 1979, but played little professional golf after his late twenties.

Since he stopped playing tour golf Hayes has remained involved in the sport in a variety of ways. He has worked as a broadcaster in South Africa and for the Golf Channel, started and edited a golf magazine and helped to found an internet golf shopping business. He is involved in golf course design through a company called Matkovich & Hayes, although he deals only with marketing and public relations, while the actual design is handled by his business partner Peter Matkovic, a professional golfer with a modest playing record. Hayes also works as a public speaker and gives golf clinics.

Amateur wins

Professional wins (21)

European Tour wins (4)

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 20 Jul 1975 Swiss Open −7 (68-69-66-70=273) 1 stroke South Africa Tienie Britz, Scotland Bernard Gallacher,
South Africa Gary Player
2 7 May 1978 Italian Open +5 (74-72-68-79=293) 3 strokes South Africa Vin Baker, England Tommy Horton
3 15 May 1978 French Open −19 (66-69-67-67=269) 11 strokes Spain Seve Ballesteros
4 22 Apr 1979 Spanish Open −10 (70-75-67-66=278) 2 strokes Scotland Brian Barnes

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1979 Italian Open Scotland Brian Barnes Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole

South African Tour wins (13)

Other wins (4)

This list is incomplete.

Results in major championships

Tournament 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
Masters Tournament CUT T19 CUT
The Open Championship CUT 17 CUT T39 CUT T32 T48 T11 CUT T38 CUT

Note: Hayes never played in the U.S. Open nor the PGA Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1972 Open Championship)
"T" = tied

Team appearances



  • World Cup (representing South Africa): 1974 (winners), 1976


  1. ^ Johnson, Sal; Seanor, Dave, eds. (2009). The USA Today Golfers Encyclopedia. New York, New York: Skyhorse Publishing. pp. 239–40. ISBN 978-1-60239-302-8.
  2. ^ "Job third to Hayes in Classic". The Glasgow Herald. 19 February 1973. p. 4.
  3. ^ "Hayes wins". The Glasgow Herald. 17 December 1973. p. 4.

External links

  • Dale Hayes at the European Tour official site
  • Dale Hayes at the Sunshine Tour official site
  • Matkovich & Hayes Golf Course Architects
  • Hayes, Matkovich and Associates Golf Estate Development
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