Obituary: Gordon Model Jr, Scottish worldwide golfer, a part of victorious Ryder Cup workforce in each 1987 and 1989



Gordon Model Jr, golfer. Born 19 August 1958. Died: August 2019, aged 60.

Scottish golfer ­Gordon Model Jr, who has died instantly aged 60, was certainly one of Europe’s prime gamers for a few years. He performed in two Ryder Cups, his debut coming within the historic 1987 match which was the primary time the trophy had been received on American soil.

On the European Tour he received eight tournaments, received as soon as on the Australasian Tour and twice on the European Seniors Tour. On six events he completed within the prime ten of 
the European Order of Advantage with a better of fourth in 1987 whereas in monetary phrases his finest season was in 1993 when he recorded official prize cash of greater than half 1,000,000 kilos.

His report within the Open was maybe barely disappointing, his finest end result tying for fifth at a rain- and wind-lashed Muirfield in 1992 whereas he solely competed in a single different main, the US Open in 1994 when he completed 39th. He additionally represented Scotland seven occasions within the World Cup and ten occasions within the Dunhill Cup.

Previous to turning skilled in late 1981, he had loved a stellar profession as an newbie. His honours included a Walker Cup look in 1979, profitable the Brabazon Trophy for the English newbie stroke play title, the British Youths’ Beginner title, the Swedish Stroke Play Championship, the Scottish Stroke Play Championship in 1980 at Royal ­Musselburgh and the Portuguese Beginner Open Championship in 1981.

In his first full season as knowledgeable he made a direct influence, profitable a European tour occasion, the ­Coral Traditional at Royal Porthcawl, beating the nice Australian Greg Norman into second place and turning into the primary participant to win an occasion in his ‘rookie’ season since fellow Scot ­Ronnie Shade.

Three months later he received his second Tour title, the Bob Hope Traditional at Moor Park, to spherical off an excellent debut ­season, ending seventh within the cash winners’ record and awarded the Sir Henry Cotton ‘Rookie of the Yr’ accolade.

Generally known as a really pure ball striker, he had a easy rhythmic swing. His psychological power enabled him method all occasions with the identical low key angle, whether or not a extremely pressured Ryder Cup or a lesser match. His mantra was merely “to play in addition to I can”.

Gordon Model Jr was born in Kirkcaldy and lived in ­Burntisland till he was 5, when the household moved south to the Bristol space.

His father, Gordon Sr, had a trial for Bristol Metropolis which was unsuccessful however in 1969 succeeded a relative, Tom McNaughton, as head skilled of Knowle Golf Membership. This entailed the household residing subsequent to the course with Model Jr spending most of his free time there.

He loved taking part in for the junior workforce however was not bold or particularly good, ­taking part in off 15 as a young person. Nonetheless, that modified when being dropped from the workforce aged 14 precipitated him large ­disappointment and he decided not solely to regain his place but in addition to be off scratch by age 18, each of which he achieved.

Success quickly adopted with wins within the Gloucestershire and South Western newbie championships. His wonderful type led to choice for the British and Irish workforce within the St Andrews Trophy towards Europe in 1976, the primary of three profitable appearances, adopted by two for the Eisenhower Trophy workforce for the World Workforce Championship in 1978 and 1980. When picked for the 1979 Walker Cup workforce he was the youngest participant within the facet.

Quickly after turning professional, he signalled his promise taking part in in South Africa, ending ­second behind Gary Participant of their PGA Championship earlier than securing his maiden wins on the European Tour. Different necessary wins on the Tour included the European Open in 1984 and 1993, the ­latter incomes his single largest prize, 140,000 euros.

Upset to not be within the 1985 Ryder Cup workforce, he made certain of his place for the 1987 occasion at Muirfield in Ohio for the historic 15-13 win, registering a fourball success and a half in his singles match towards Hal Sutton.

Afterwards he mentioned: “That was the best Ryder Cup workforce of all time when it comes to the calibre of gamers and wins. I used to be simply fortunate to be part of it.” In a later interview, he ­commented that he handled it “as one other sport of golf” and didn’t enable himself to be ­carried away.

The hyped-up encounter on the Belfry in 1989 had the tone set when American captain Raymond Floyd launched his workforce as “the 12 biggest gamers on the earth”. Within the prime 4 ball match, Model and Sam Torrance have been profitable because of a beautiful bunker shot by Model on the 18th to clinch the tie towards Unusual and Azinger to assist Europe retain the trophy.

He additionally loved success on the Seniors Tour which he joined in 2008. He received twice, the Jersey Traditional at La Moye in 2010 and the Winston Golf Open at Vorbeck, Germany in 2013. In 2010 he additionally had 5 prime 5 finishes and was fourth on the cash winners record. Nonetheless taking part in on the Tour, he was resulting from tee up within the latest PGA Championship.

He was eager on the event of younger gamers and had coached the England below 16s and Gloucestershire and Somerset County boys, to whom he would stress that ­expertise itself was not sufficient and that arduous work was ­crucial.

A preferred determine on the ­circuit, well-known for his sense of humour and liking for infrequent pranks, his sudden loss of life has attracted numerous tributes together with from prime gamers together with Justin Rose, Sam Torrance, Stephen Gallacher, Thomas Bjorn and Richie Ramsay.

He’s survived by spouse Sheena, whom he married in 1983.

JACK DAVIDSON