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Frank Nobilo

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Frank Ivan Joseph Nobilo, CNZM born on 14 May 1960 is a professional golfer from New Zealand

Nobilo had a successful playing career, winning 15 pro tournaments around the world He was at his peak during the mid-1990s when he also produced strong finishes in all four major championships

Since his 2003 retirement, Nobilo has worked as a television announcer for golf events


  • 1 Personal life
  • 2 Career
  • 3 Television work
  • 4 Amateur wins 2
  • 5 Professional wins 15
    • 51 European Tour wins 5
    • 52 PGA Tour wins 1
    • 53 Asian Tour wins 3
    • 54 PGA Tour of Australasia wins 1
    • 55 Other wins 5
  • 6 Results in major championships
    • 61 Summary
  • 7 Team appearances
  • 8 See also
  • 9 References
  • 10 External links

Personal lifeedit

Nobilo was born in Auckland, of Croatian and Italian descent, and is the great grandson of an Italian pirate1 At birth, his right leg was shorter than his left, which has caused him some back problems throughout his life He was educated at St Peter's College in Auckland where he was persuaded to play golf by schoolmates Chris Treen and Mark Lewis Nobilo preferred to play Rugby League for Glenora over Rugby Union for St Peter's, which was "a bone of contention" with the school "I got a bit of grief because I preferred league over rugby then and I was a bit more of a rebel I used to catch the train to and from school and it took about 30–40 minutes My mum said it drove her crazy because I missed it often and my parents were living in Glen Eden and I would end up in Henderson and they'd have to come and collect me"2

Nobilo and his wife, Selena, married in 1998 He has a daughter, Bianca Nobilo, from a previous marriage Nobilo works as an ambassador for The House of Nobilo, one of New Zealand's leading wineries and founded by one of his relatives Nikola Nobilo3 Nobilo was awarded the Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit CNZM in 1998


In 1978, Nobilo won the New Zealand Amateur Championship at 18, the second-youngest winner of this title He turned professional in November 1979 His first professional win came in 1982 at the New South Wales PGA Championship on the PGA Tour of Australasia

Nobilo joined the European Tour in 1985 as a full-time player, having played in selected events in 1982 and 1983 He recorded his first win on the Tour in the 1988 PLM Open not to be confused with the KLM Open Nobilo subsequently won four other European Tour events and finished inside the top 50 on the Order of Merit every season from 1988 to 1996, with a best of 14th place in 1993

After strong performances in all the majors, including a 4th-place finish in the Masters Tournament and a tie for 8th in the PGA Championship, Nobilo left Europe at the end of 1996 and joined the United States-based PGA Tour for the following season He won the Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic during his rookie season, which proved to be his only win on that tour He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings

One week after his marriage to Selena in 1998, Nobilo was struck above the left eye by an errant tee shot at the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club in Central Florida The injury required 30 stitches, and affected his play afterwards

Nobilo played for the International Team in each of the first three Presidents Cups 1994, 1996, 1998 He contributed significantly to the international appeal of the event when in 1998 and paired with fellow kiwi Greg Turner he holed a 70-foot putt on the final green to defeat the American pairing On 2 October 2008, International Presidents Cup team captain Greg Norman announced that Frank Nobilo will serve as his assistant captain for the 2009 Presidents Cup 6–11 Oct 2009 at Harding Park Golf Course in San Francisco4

On 9 October 2007, it was reported that Nobilo had announced he would be coming out of retirement, and attempt to gain a card for the US PGA Tour through qualifying school However, in a statement issued on the Golf Channel's website, Nobilo denied the report: "I have not, nor did I have any intention of entering this years PGA Tour Qualifying school"5

Television workedit

Upon retiring from tournament golf in 2003, Nobilo joined the Golf Channel for studio coverage He has been a key member of the Live From team at the major championships From 2012-2014, he occasionally filled in for Peter Jacobsen on NBC's golf coverage NBC and Golf Channel are corporate siblings

In 2015, Nobilo joined CBS's golf coverage, replacing Peter Oosterhuis Like Oosterhuis did, he worked only the cable coverage of about half of CBS's events, while working on the network coverage of the other half, including the Masters and PGA Championship He remained on Live From on Golf Channel but will no longer be allowed to fill in on NBC Nobilo made his CBS debut at the 2015 Phoenix Open

He was also a commentator in Rory McIlroy PGA Tour Video Game, released in 2015

Amateur wins 2edit

  • 1978 New Zealand Amateur Championship
  • 1979 New Zealand Under-25 Stroke Play Championship

Professional wins 15edit

European Tour wins 5edit

No Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 14 Aug 1988 PLM Open −10 63-68-71-68=270 1 stroke Howard Clark
2 15 Sep 1991 Trophée Lancôme −13 65-68-69-65=267 1 stroke Ian Baker-Finch, Peter Fowler,
David Gilford, Jamie Spence
3 7 Mar 1993 Turespana Open Mediterrania −9 71-69-67-72=279 1 stroke Gordon Brand, Jnr, David Feherty
4 2 Jul 1995 BMW International Open −16 67-69-69-67=272 2 strokes Bernhard Langer, Jarmo Sandelin
4 2 Jun 1996 Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe −18 65-69-72-64=270 1 stroke Colin Montgomerie

PGA Tour wins 1edit

No Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner-up
1 27 Apr 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic −14 69-69-69-67=274 Playoff Brad Faxon

PGA Tour playoff record 1–0

No Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1997 Greater Greensboro Chrysler Classic Brad Faxon Won with par on first extra hole

Asian Tour wins 3edit

  • 1994 Sampoerna Indonesian Open
  • 1997 Satelindo Indonesia Open, Andersen Consulting Hong Kong Open

PGA Tour of Australasia wins 1edit

  • 1982 Reschs Pilsner New South Wales PGA Championship

Other wins 5edit

  • 1985 Nissan-Mobil New Zealand PGA Championship
  • 1987 New Zealand PGA Championship
  • 1995 Sarazen World Open
  • 1996 Subaru Sarazen World Open
  • 1997 Mexican Open Tour de las Americas

Results in major championshipsedit

Tournament 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000
The Open Championship T59 DNP DNP DNP T16 T73 T33 T51 T11 T68 T26 T10 CUT T18 DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 1 4 2
US Open 0 0 0 0 2 3 6 5
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 4 11 10
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 6 4
Totals 0 0 0 1 5 10 27 21
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 1986 Open Championship – 1994 PGA
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 five times

Team appearancesedit


  • Eisenhower Trophy representing New Zealand: 1978


  • World Cup representing New Zealand: 1982, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Alfred Dunhill Cup representing New Zealand: 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998
  • Presidents Cup International team: 1994, 1996, 1998 winners
  • Alfred Dunhill Challenge representing Australasia: 1995
  • UBS Warburg Cup representing the Rest of the World: 2001

See alsoedit

  • 2000 PGA Tour Qualifying School graduates
  • List of alumni of St Peter's College, Auckland


  1. ^ "Four long shots who are in with a chance" The Independent 17 July 1997 Retrieved 16 July 2009 
  2. ^ Wynne Gray, "Q & A Frank Nobilo", New Zealand Herald, 12 Nov 2011 retrieved 17 November 2011
  3. ^ "Professional Golfer Frank Nobilo Signs on as House of Nobilo Brand Ambassador" Business Wire 4 May 2005 Retrieved 16 July 2009 
  4. ^ "Nobilo Joins Norman's Int'l Team" Golf Digest 2 October 2008 Retrieved 16 July 2009 
  5. ^ "Golf Channel's Nobilo Denies Return" Golf Channel 9 October 2007 

External linksedit

  • Official website
  • Frank Nobilo at the European Tour official site
  • Frank Nobilo at the PGA Tour official site

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