David J. Russell (golfer)

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David J. Russell
Russell at the 2010 Dutch Seniors Open
Personal information
Full nameDavid John Russell
Born (1954-05-02) 2 May 1954 (age 69)
Birmingham, England
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight224 lb (102 kg; 16.0 st)
Sporting nationality England
ResidenceArcherfield, Scotland
SpouseKrystyna Russell
ChildrenChris, Laura
Turned professional1973
Current tour(s)European Senior Tour
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins7
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
European Senior Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT11: 1988

David John Russell (born 2 May 1954) is an English professional golfer.


Russell was born in Birmingham, grew up in Bromsgrove and was educated at North Bromsgrove High School. He turned professional in 1973 and spent many years on the European Tour, making the top one hundred on the Order or Merit twelve times between 1979 and 1992, with a best ranking of 24th in 1985. His two European Tour wins came at the 1985 Car Care Plan International and the 1992 Lyon Open V33. In which he won playing the entire 72 holes without dropping a single shot

He retired from the European Tour to become the Club Professional at Kedleston Park Golf Club in 1996-2002.

In 2001, he designed and set up Archerfield Links in East Lothian where he still resides.

Russell joined the European Senior Tour on turning fifty and finished as runner-up in each of his first two senior tournaments. In 2005, in his first full season on the European Senior Tour, he had three more runner-up finishes and ended the season 8th place on the Order of Merit. In June 2010, he won his first title at the De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship.

Russell was selected by 2006 European Ryder Cup captain Ian Woosnam to be one of his assistants at the K Club.

Russell is a European Tour Board Member and is the European Senior Tour Chairman.

Russell's middle initial is almost always quoted in order to distinguish him from another English European Tour golfer of the same name, David A. Russell, who is three years younger.

Professional wins (7)[edit]

European Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 12 May 1985 Car Care Plan International +1 (71-67-68-71=277) 1 stroke England Carl Mason
2 21 Jun 1992 Lyon Open V33 −21 (68-66-67-66=267) 6 strokes Australia Brett Ogle

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1983 Paco Rabanne Open de France Spain José María Cañizares, England Nick Faldo Faldo won with par on third extra hole
Russell eliminated by birdie on first hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

European Senior Tour wins (2)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 27 Jun 2010 De Vere Collection PGA Seniors Championship −5 (71-67-70-75=283) 2 strokes Paraguay Ángel Franco, England Barry Lane,
South Africa Chris Williams
2 23 Sep 2012 French Riviera Masters −8 (69-74-65=208) Playoff United States Tim Thelen

European Senior Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2006 DGM Barbados Open Spain José Rivero Lost to birdie on fourth extra hole
2 2012 French Riviera Masters United States Tim Thelen Won with par on third extra hole

Japan PGA Senior Tour wins (1)[edit]

  • 2012 Fuji Film Senior Championship

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
The Open Championship CUT CUT CUT CUT CUT
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Open Championship CUT T35 CUT T55 T11 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996
The Open Championship CUT

Note: Russell only played in The Open Championship.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1973 and 1974 Open Championships)
"T" = tied

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