Michael Long

aus

Past Champion

1996

Profile

Age: 51 years old
Place of Birth: Cromwell, New Zealand
Turned Professional: 1990

Notable Achievements

  • 1996 New Zealand Open
  • 1999 Greg Norman International
  • 2001 Boise Open
  • 2003 VB Open
  • 2016 Victoria Open
  • 2018 Western Australia PGA Championship

Michael Long enjoyed an impressive amateur career, winning numerous age group titles in NZ and, in 1990, the NZ Amateur Championship before representing NZ at the Eisenhower Trophy in 1990 and turning professional later that same year.

Long played the PGA Tour of Australasia for several years before recoding his first win at the 1996 New Zealand Open and in 1997 became a member of the European Tour where he played for three seasons before an accident in the surf broke his neck in 1999.

Long played the then Nationwide Tour in the US in the early 2000’s, winning on two occasions and twice graduating to the PGA Tour.

After losing status on both tours in the US by 2008, Long returned to Australia and focused his attention on local events winning the then Von Nida Tour Order of Merit in 2008 after winning the WAPGA Championship in the process.

Long gained tremendous respect when calling a penalty on himself when an almost indiscernible movement of a ball while addressing a putt from just off the green late in the 1997 Johnnie Walker Championship on the Gold Coast, cost him any chance of winning.

He now lives in Perth where he has worked in golf administration while continuing to play on the PGA Tour of Australasia and in some Australian Legends Tour events.

His career underwent a resurgence with victories at the 2016 Vic Open and 2018 WA PGA Championship.

Last updated 6 August, 2020

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