- Born: 22 March 1987
- Nationality: English
- Attachment: The Hertfordshire
- Turned Pro: 2006
- Twitter: @tommyhaylock
Born in London, in 1987 Tom has been playing golf since the age of 12. The game rapidly took a front seat in his life, developing into his lifelong passion. Supported by his parents Robert and Maureen he quickly went from strength to strength.
A true junior star, Tom won his first major amateur championship at the North of England Boys. His triumph caught the attention of the English Golf Union who promptly gave him a place in the England squad. He took full advantage of this opportunity and went onto to win the prestigious Carris Trophy, Pannel Trophy and Faldo Series, whilst continuing to represent England at all levels.
Tom turned pro in 2006, following his status and the experience he gained from the amateur golf scene. Tom had a solid start to his professional career, qualifying for the 2007 PGA Europro Tour and finishing the year in 29th on the order of merit. He continued to improve and the following season he finished 12 places higher on the order of merit in 17th.
The 2008 season was characterised by intensive training and preparation for the 2009 season. Tom claimed two victories on PGA Europro Tour at the Stoke by Nayland Championship and Formby Hall Classic, winning £10,000 at each. He fired a final round seven under par 65 to win at Stoke by Nayland, leading the field by eight strokes with a 16 under par total. Additionally, he finished the year in 2nd place on the order of merit and earned his Challenge Tour card for 2010.
Despite the two victories, his greatest success during the 2009 season was his qualification for the Open Championship at Turnberry – one of the four major competitions on the golfing calendar.
Tom made two European Tour appearances in 2010 at the Austrian Golf Open and the Madeira Islands Open. He made 12 cuts during his season on the Challenge Tour but failed to retain his card. He returned to action on the Europro Tour in 2011 and finished the year in 35th place.
Tom started the 2012 season with some changes around his team. A change in swing coach was made and a new training regime was adopted. He picked up his first victory on the Jamega Tour at Frilford Heath and found himself battling for the win in numerous tournaments throughout the year, most notably at the Ulster Bank Open where a stunning charge of eight under-par through 12 holes catapulted him into contention. His consistency earned a top 20 finish on the Jamega Tour money list and 31st on the Europro Tour.
Tom’s hard work throughout the season paid off at the grueling European Tour Q School. At the first qualifying stage Tom finished second out of the 100-strong field to comfortably advance. It was much of the same at second stage with Tom leading going into the final round and he shot a solid 71 to advance to final stage in Barcelona. Final stage consisted of six rounds of golf over two courses - there is a cut after four rounds for the top 65 players. Tom showed his strength of character by bouncing back from a slow start to comfortably make the cut and crucially finish inside the top 65. This achievement qualified him for the 2013 European Challenge Tour and will be on course for further success.
1st – OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Qualifying, Stage One
1st – Jamega Pro Golf Tour, Friford Heath GC
5th – Jamega Pro Golf Tour, High Post GC
3rd – Jamega Pro Golf Tour, Aldwickbury GC
2nd – Jamega Pro Golf Tour, Hatfield London CC
14th – Motocaddy Masters
18th – BGC British Masters
6th – Your Travel Golf Classic
15th – Ulster Bank Open
5th – Kingspan Concra Wood Open
8th – The Sweetspot Classic
8th – YourGolfTravel.com European Championship
6th – The Kerry London PGA Championship Pro-Am
9th – Motocaddy Masters
15th – Galgorm Castle Northern Ireland Open
4th – The Integral Collection Classic Pro-Am
31st – ALLIANZ Open Cotes d’Armour Bretagne
42nd – Mugello Tuscany Open
57th – Moroccan Golf Classic
61st – Austrian Golf Open (European Tour)
118th – Madeira Islands Open (European Tour)
33rd – SWALEC Wales Challenge
141st – The 138th OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP
33rd – ALLIANZ Open Cotes d’Armour Bretagne
10th – Tour Championship at Slaley Hall
1st – Formby Hall Classic
1st – Stoke by Nayland Championship
16th – Sureshot GPS International Open
3rd – OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP Qualifying, Final Stage
In 2013 Tom will be competing on the European Challenge Tour as well as the main European Tour. The Challenge Tour is the second tier men's professional golf tour in Europe. It is operated by the PGA European Tour and, as with on the main European Tour and the European Seniors Tour, some of the events are played outside of Europe. Players who are successful on the Challenge Tour qualify for membership of the European Tour the following year. The top-20 players in the rankings gain their tour card. The high category Tom has earned on the Challenge Tour will ensure he gets at least five European Tour starts