We at Pinehurst are saddened to hear of the passing of Simon Hobday. His grit and determination in winning the 1994 U.S. Senior Open was a performance that stands with the best in the history of Pinehurst and Pinehurst No. 2. We extend our sincerest condolences to the Hobday family.
Hobday’s victory at Pinehurst was a wonderful moment, and he topped a leaderboard that included the likes of Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Tom Weiskopf, Lee Trevino and Raymond Floyd, all of whom finished among the top 13 in the championship.
Hobday, too, was one of golf’s greatest characters. The tributes on social media have been great fun to read today and allow us to remember a great champion at Pinehurst with a laugh and smile.
Here is a sampling of those tributes:
— Ernie Els (@TheBig_Easy) March 2, 2017
I once talked with Simon Hobday. “Are all these stories about you true?” “No no.” Pause. “Yeah, they’re all true.” #legend
— John Huggan (@johnhuggan) March 2, 2017
Another Simon Hobday story. I hope I am doing these stories justice by at least getting close to factual. People say they are 100% true. pic.twitter.com/dmZsNO2Iv6
— Kip Henley PGA loopr (@KipHenley) March 2, 2017
RIP Simon Hobday. Everybody dies but not everybody lives. But he sure did. The stories about him are endless and hilarious. Great man.
— Andrew Coltart (@AndrewColtart) March 2, 2017
RIP Simon Hobday. One of life’s characters, and a GREAT ball striker. Will never forget this story, as told by Nick Price… pic.twitter.com/dN4v106I0q
— Josh (@JeffCarnage) March 2, 2017
— Sunshine Ladies Tour (@SLadiesTour) March 2, 2017
Simon Hobday. Caught speeding in USA. Cop says “Son, I been waiting for you all day” Hobbers “I got here as quick as I f£&?£?!g could”
— ROGER CHAPMAN (@ROGERCHAPMAN1) March 2, 2017
These are two hilarious golf stories from Simon Hobday who apparently just died pic.twitter.com/Ghi9adKfiz
— Jimmy Crivella (@BSJimmy) March 2, 2017
— Lee Pace (@LeePaceTweet) March 2, 2017
— Brett Blakemore (@ShortGameGuru1) March 2, 2017
I was once told “Admire your heroes from afar” but it didn’t apply to this great man.1 of the true characters in our sport. RIP Simon Hobday pic.twitter.com/UA4ALJIcGS
— Darren Clarke (@DarrenClarke60) March 2, 2017
So incredibly sad to learn of Simon Hobday’s passing. A golfing genius… always quick with a laugh and a funny quip. You will be missed!
— Mark Immelman (@mark_immelman) March 2, 2017
RIP Simon Hobday, a great character en legend of the game. Stories that will live forever.
— Louis Oosthuizen (@Louis57TM) March 2, 2017
My condolences to the charismatic & sweet swinging Simon Hobday. He was so good for golf. RIP amigo pic.twitter.com/j9ZL1pVNw5
— Gary Player (@garyplayer) March 2, 2017
Sad to hear about Simon Hobday may you make all your putts in heaven #RIPSimon
— Charl Schwartzel (@CA_Schwartzel) March 2, 2017
Hobday once sprayed me with Champagne after I took his picture with a bunch of Vegas showgirls. More accurately, after his wife saw it.
— Jim Moriarty (@GWMoriarty) March 2, 2017