Jack Newton

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Jack Newton
Personal information
Born (1950-01-30) 30 January 1950
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia
Nationality  Australia
Turned professional 1971
Retired 1983
Former tour(s) PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 1
European Tour 3
PGA Tour of Australasia 4
Other 2
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T2: 1980
U.S. Open T32: 1980
The Open Championship 2nd: 1975
PGA Championship T20: 1980
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour of Australia
Order of Merit winner

Jack Newton OAM (born 30 January 1950) is an Australian former professional golfer.

Golf career

Newton was born in Cessnock, New South Wales. He was one of Australia's most successful golfers in the 1970s and early 1980s. He turned professional in 1971 and won his first professional tournament – the Dutch Open in 1972. Newton notched up several victories over the next decade as he won titles such as the British Matchplay in 1974, the Buick-Goodwrench Open in 1978, and the Australian Open Championship in 1979.

In the 1975 Open Championship at Carnoustie in Scotland, Newton lost in a playoff to Tom Watson. In the third round, Newton set a course record of 65, despite having injured an ankle so severely on the practice tee prior to the start of the championship, that he had it professionally wrapped each day, and was subjected to pain-killing injections.[1] In the final round, Newton was the leader during the back-nine but dropped shots in three of the last four holes. Watson holed a 20-foot putt for a birdie on the 72nd hole to tie Newton. In the next day's 18-hole playoff, Watson defeated Newton by one stroke (71-72). Newton later said that the turning point in the playoff was when Watson chipped in for an eagle at the 14th hole.[2]

Newton won the PGA Tour of Australia's Order of Merit in 1979. He finished tied for second at the 1980 Masters Tournament behind the winner Seve Ballesteros.

Propeller accident

On 24 July 1983, during the height of his professional career, Newton had a near-fatal accident when he walked into the spinning propeller of a Cessna aeroplane he was about to board at Sydney Airport; he was about to return to Newcastle having flown to Sydney that morning to see a VFL game between the Sydney Swans and Melbourne Football Club. He lost his right arm and eye and sustained severe abdominal injuries. A severe rainstorm was in progress at the time, and in addition, safety aspects near the plane were deficient.[3][4]

Immediately after the accident doctors gave Newton a 50-50 chance of surviving. He spent several days in a coma and eight weeks in intensive care.[5] After a prolonged rehabilitation from his injuries, Newton returned to public life as a television and radio golf commentator, newspaper reporter, golf course designer, public speaker and Chairman of the Jack Newton Junior Golf Foundation. He taught himself to play golf one-handed, swinging the club with his left hand in a right-handed stance. He typically scores in the mid-80s.[4]

In 2003, Newton was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, and was rushed to hospital.[6] He suffered no further permanent injuries.

Personal life

Newton married his wife Jackie in 1974, and they have two children, Kristie and Clint. Clint Newton plays rugby league, while Kristie is also a professional golfer.[7]

On 11 June 2007, Newton was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia for services to golf, particularly through a range of executive, youth development and fundraising roles.

Newton became a force in the development of junior golfers, for which he will be recognised on 13 October 2016 when he is inducted as a general member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame.[8]

Amateur wins

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (4)

European Tour wins (3)

PGA Tour wins (1)

Other wins

this list may be incomplete

Results in major championships

Tournament 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981
The Open Championship T49 T40 CUT CUT 2 T17 CUT T24 T57 T10 DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 1 0 1 1 2 5 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
The Open Championship 0 1 0 1 2 4 10 7
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 2
Totals 0 2 0 2 3 7 18 12


  1. "The Battle of Britain". Golf World. 18 July 1975. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  2. "Modest Watson joins the great Ben Hogan". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. 15 July 1975. p. 24. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
  3. Bolton, Matthew (25 July 1983). "Jack Newton loses arm". The Age. Melbourne, Australia. p. 1. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  4. 1 2 Huggan, John (June 2008). "Jack Newton: Whole Again". Golf Digest. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  5. "Newton Remains Close To Golf". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. Spartanburg, South Carolina. 18 August 1984. p. B5. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  6. "TV commentator Newton hospitalized with meningitis". ESPN. Associated Press. 2 January 2003. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  7. Mossop, James (15 July 2003). "Jack Newton's triumph over tragedy". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 4 September 2012.
  8. Williams, Mark (11 October 2016). "Newton to be inducted into the Sports Australia Hall of Fame". PGA Tour.
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