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Herbert Gustavus Max Faulkner, OBE (29 July 1916 – 26 February 2005) was an English professional golfer.

Faulkner was born in Bexhill. He was the son of a golf professional who owned a course at Selsey. He served in the RAF during World War II as a Physical Training (PT) Instructor. He didn't pick up a golf club during this time, but took up boxing instead, becoming services champion.[1]

Faulkner's tournament career began in 1946, shortly after World War II. He won 16 regular tournaments in Europe, the last of them the Portuguese Open at the age of 52, and two senior tournaments. His greatest achievement was his victory in The Open Championship, with a score of 3 under par at Royal Portrush in 1951. He said later, "It was all I ever wanted. The Open meant everything to me."

He was also famous for wearing colourful clothes such as salmon pink plus fours.

Faulkner played in the Ryder Cup Matches on five occasions, including the historic 1957 contest at Lindrick when the Great Britain team defeated a powerful United States contingent.

He was believed to have over 300 putters, searching for the perfect putter. He very rarely used a conventional set of 14 clubs.

Faulkner had a good feel for shots and could make the ball curve on short lofted shots, a rare ability at that time.

In 2001, Faulkner was honored with an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. Faulkner died in 2005 at the age of 88.

Faulkner is accredited with the arguably apocryphal witty golfing acceptance speech, while presented with a first prize at some small local tournament he said "Ladies and Gentlemen Big Prize Big Speech, small prize small speech, thank you" and left the stage.


Tournament wins

this list is incomplete

Regular career


Major championships


Wins (1)

Year Championship 54 Holes Winning Score Margin Runner-up
1951 The Open Championship 6 shot lead -3 (71-70-70-74=285) 2 strokes Argentina Antonio Cerdá

Results timeline

Of the four majors, Faulkner only played The Open Championship.

1947 1948 1949
T32 T15 T6
1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959
T5 1 T17 12 T20 T35 DNP T9 T16 CUT
1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969
1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975

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


  1. ^ Michael Rees, Tee Times Magazine, Feb 2009

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