John Player Classic

John Player Classic
Tournament information
Location United Kingdom
Established 1970
Course(s) Turnberry (1972–73)
Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell) (1970)
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Final year 1973
Tournament record score
Aggregate 285 Bob Charles (1972)
To par −2 Christy O'Connor Snr (1970)
Final champion
United States Charles Coody

The John Player Classic was the richest golf tournament in Britain between 1970 and 1973. In 1972 and 1973 it was an event on the fledgling European Tour.

The John Player Classic was first played in 1970 at Notts Golf Club (Hollinwell), when Ireland's Christy O'Connor Snr triumphed by one stroke over England's Tony Jacklin to collect the £25,000 first prize.[1] Having not been held in 1971, the tournament returned as part of the new European Tour in 1972. It also had a change of venue, being moved to Turnberry on the west coast of Scotland.

The tournament was played just once more, in 1973, when American Charles Coody took the title. It was cancelled the following year because of conflicting tournament schedules in the United States.[2]


Year Winner Country Venue Score Margin
of victory
Runner(s)-up Winner's
share (£)
1973 Charles Coody  United States Turnberry 289 (+5) 3 strokes England Tony Jacklin 15,000 [3]
1972 Bob Charles  New Zealand Turnberry 285 (+1) 1 stroke United States Gay Brewer
England Peter Oosterhuis
15,000 [4]
1971: No tournament
1970 Christy O'Connor Snr  Ireland Notts Golf Club 286 (−2) 1 stroke England Tony Jacklin 25,000 [5]


  1. "O'Connor Captures Player Golf Classic". Schenectady Gazette. Associated Press. 7 September 1970. p. 23.
  2. "Golf". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. 6 March 1974. p. 6D.
  3. "Another British tournament goes to a foreigner". The Glasgow Herald. 1 October 1973. p. 7.
  4. "Why victory matter more to Charles than £15,000". The Times. 2 October 1972. p. 11.
  5. "O'Connor holds off Jacklin and wins £25,000". The Glasgow Herald. 7 September 1970. p. 4.

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