Tony Grubb

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Tony Grubb
Personal information
Full nameAntony Gawen Grubb
Born(1936-07-22)22 July 1936
Yate, Gloucestershire, England
Died6 June 2017(2017-06-06) (aged 80)
Herefordshire, England
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight158 lb (72 kg; 11.3 st)
NationalityFlag of England.svg  England
Turned professional1954
Former tour(s) European Tour
European Seniors Tour
Professional wins4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
PGA Championship DNP
U.S. Open DNP
The Open Championship T39: 1963, 1968

Antony Gawen Grubb (22 July 1936 – 6 June 2017) was an English professional golfer. He is remembered for winning the 1964 Schweppes PGA Close Championship.


Golf career

In 1958 Grubb won the Gor-Ray Cup, the Assistants' Championship, at Hartsbourne Golf Club. He scored 285 and finished two strokes ahead of Brian Huggett. [1]

Grubb won the Schweppes PGA Close Championship at Western Gailes Golf Club in 1964 taking the first prize of £1,000. He was the only player under par and won by two strokes from Lionel Platts. The event was played in April and was the first important event of the season. Grubb benefited from having played in the United States during the early part of the year and also because, in 1964, the PGA experimented with using the bigger ball, as used in America. [2]

Grubb played in the 6-man England team in the 1967 R.T.V. International Trophy, where he won 5 of his 6 matches and halved the other. [3] [4]

He tied with Brian Huggett for the 1969 36-hole pro-am Bowmaker Tournament at Sunningdale Golf Club. [5] Later in the year he won the Southern Professional Championship at Crews Hill Golf Club, Enfield. [6]

Grubb was runner-up in the 1966 Blaxnit (Ulster) Tournament and the 1968 Agfacolor Film Tournament. [7] [8]

Grubb played in the early years of the European Seniors Tour from its start in 1992. He was in the top-10 of the money list in 1992 and 1993. He never won an event on the tour but was a runner-up in the 1992 Forte PGA Seniors Championship behind Tommy Horton and in the 1995 London Masters behind John Bland. In the 1992 Seniors Championship was involved in a playoff with Horton and Christy O'Connor Snr. Grubb hit his second shot out of bounds and Horton took the title with a long birdie putt. [9]


Grubb died in Herefordshire on 6 June 2017. [10]

Tournament wins (4)

Results in major championships

The Open Championship T39CUTCUT59T39CUTT41CUTCUTCUT

Note: Grubb only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969, 1973 and 1974 Open Championships)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Team appearances

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  1. "Assistants' title for Grubb". The Glasgow Herald . 6 June 1958. p. 3.
  2. "Grubb's victory in P.G.A. tournament". The Glasgow Herald . 20 April 1964. p. 4.
  3. "Scots beaten by Irish at Edmondstown". The Glasgow Herald . 26 August 1967. p. 4.
  4. "England's clean sweep in R.T.V. Internationals". The Glasgow Herald . 28 August 1967. p. 4.
  5. "Bowmaker Golf – Huggett and Grubb in tie". The Times. 2 July 1969. p. 13.
  6. "Record 66 by Grubb". The Times. 25 September 1969. p. 15.
  7. "Five Shot Win for Jacklin". Glasgow Herald . 30 May 1966. p. 4.
  8. "Agfacolor event Clark's first major prize". The Glasgow Herald. 13 May 1968. p. 7.
  9. "Horton recoevers to take senior title in dramatic finish". The Times. 10 August 1992. p. 25.
  10. "The funeral of former PGA golfer Tony Grubb". The Ross Gazette. 7 July 2017.