Peter Dawson's European Tour career saw him brush shoulders with the likes of Tom Watson, Seve Ballesteros and Lee Trevino in their prime. He discusses those wonder years with Alex Perry

Quiz question: Who was the first left-hander to play in the Ryder Cup? Nope, it was Peter Dawson in 1977.

Indeed Peter is the only left-handed player to represent GB&I or Europe in the Ryder Cup and, in this podcast, gives us a fascinating insight into being a tour pro in the 1970s – which many people consider the golden age of tour golf and, given the players we discuss, it’s difficult to argue with that assessment.

Peter Dawson

Peter discusses how different the Ryder Cup was in those days, the feeling among players when it was extended to the whole of Europe, his Open career that included two rounds with then Masters champion Tom Watson, and why he knew Nick Faldo was going on to become the greatest this island ever produced.

I don’t want to spoil too much, so I’ll leave you to listen…

The NCG Podcast: Peter Dawson and the European Tour golden age

Peter’s career has culminated in his new book, Now for the Back Nine, written with author, friend and pupil Simon Hawkins.

If you want to contact Peter or to buy the book, you can do so via the Now for the Back Nine website or Twitter.

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Alex Perry


Alex has been the editor of National Club Golfer since 2017. A Devonian who enjoys wittering on about his south west roots, Alex moved north to join NCG after more than a decade in London, the last five of which were with ESPN. Away from golf, Alex follows Torquay United and spends too much time playing his PlayStation or his guitar and not enough time practising his short game.

Handicap: 14

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