Ross DRUMMOND


Date of Birth - 29 November 1956

Place of Birth - Paisley, Scotland

Turned Pro - 1975

European Tour Profile - Ross Drummond


Ross Drummond is a Scottish professional golfer from Paisley whose most

 successful year on the PGA European Tour was chronicled by The

 Guardian's golf correspondent, Lawrence Donegan, in the book Four Iron

 in the Soul. Drummond did not win a tournament on the European Tour

 despite a long career, although he did finish as a runner-up at the 1996

 Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge. Having retired from the European

 Tour at the end of 2004, Drummond now plays regularly on the European

 Seniors Tour.

 He won the Tooting Bec Cup for the lowest single-round score posted by

 a British or Irish player at the 1987 Open Championship at Muirfield,

 carding a 66 in his second round. In 1996, he finished runner-up to Retief

 Goosen in the inaugural Slaley Hall Northumberland Challenge and third

 behind Jesper Parnevik and Colin Montgomerie at the Trophée

 Lancôme, and finished in 42nd place on that year's European Tour Order

 of Merit. Drummond's 1996 season, which proved to be his most

 successful on the European Tour, was the subject of the book Four Iron in

 the Soul, written by The Guardian's golf correspondent, Lawrence

 Donegan, who caddied for him that year. According to Donegan,

Drummond was the first player on the tour to employ the services of

 sports psychologist Jos Vanstiphout.[11] Donegan had first met

 Drummond while researching an article on journeymen professionals,

 and writes in his book that this is "a description that might have been

 invented for him", noting that "I don't mean that derisively".

Despite his success in 1996, Drummond subsequently lost his card in 1997,

 ending a 20-year run on the tour. After failing to regain his tour card at the

 1997 European Tour Qualifying School, he won the Qualifying School in

 1998 but never managed to re-establish himself on the European Tour,

 having unsuccessfully participated in the Qualifying School in 1999 and

 2000.

Reflecting on his career at the Senior PGA Championship in May 2009, he

 stated: "I would say that I've just squeaked by. I've never been supported

 by sponsors. In the mid-1980s I had a sponsorship for a couple of years

 but it really wasn't a lot of money. I've never had any endorsements that

 paid big money. And, I basically funded [my career] myself". By 2000, he

 was describing himself as "semi-retired" because he only had a small

 number of invitations to play in European PGA events, though he won

 the Tartan Tour Order of Merit that season and came tied second in the

 Madeira Island Open. He played his last tournaments on the European

 Tour in 2004.

In February 2007, Drummond played his first tournament on the European

 Seniors Tour at the DGM Barbados Open at Royal Westmoreland, finishing

 joint 6th. He finished as runner-up in two events in 2007, at the Ryder Cup

 Wales Seniors Open and the Charles Church Scottish Seniors Open,

 coming 6th in the overall rankings for the year and winning total prize

 money of €172,002.

Drummond subsequently stated that he felt he had the ability to win a

 tournament on the 2008 circuit. His best result of the season was tied

 second place at the Jersey Seniors Classic in June. In 2008, he won prize

 money amounting to €106,343 and was ranked 17th. In 2009,

 Drummond's best finishes were tied third at the Ryder Cup Wales Seniors

 Open and third outright at the Benahavis Senior Masters. He won a total

 of €97,920, finishing 11th on the tour. He had led the U.S. Senior PGA

 Championship by two strokes after two rounds, but ended up finishing

 tied 37th. In 2010, he finished 16th on the tour, with winnings of €122,013;

 his best result of the year was second in the Handa Irish Senior Open.


ACHIEVEMENTS


    1986 Scottish Professional Championship

    1987 Scottish Professional Championship

    1989 Scottish Professional Championship

    1990 Scottish Professional Championship

    1998 European Tour Qualifying School

    2005 Scottish Matchplay Championship


Glove signed by Ross Drummond

Ball played and signed by Ross  Drummond

Hat worn and signed by Ross Drummond

‘Four Iron in the Soul’ by Lawrence Donegan detailing his year spent on

 the European Tour caddying for Ross Drummond