Mark James is an English professional golfer who had a long career on the European Tour and captained the European team at the 1999 Ryder Cup. He now plays senior golf on the U.S.-based Champions Tour.
In 2000 Mark published his best selling book Into the Bear Pit (Virgin POD), which documents the the challenges he faced captaining the European team during the controversy of the 1999 Ryder cup, now known as “the battle of Brooklyn”.
James was born in Manchester, England and educated at Stamford School. He won the English Amateur championship in 1974 and was a member of the Great Britain & Ireland Walker Cup team in 1975. His first professional win was the 1977 Lusaka Open and the following year he picked up the first of his eighteen wins on the European Tour at the Sun Alliance Match Play Championship. He also holds the record for the highest European Tour event round of 111 strokes at the 1978 Italian Open in Sardinia.
Mark has since worked as a golfing commentator for the BBC.
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