|Full name||Thomas Bruce Haliburton|
|Born||5 June 1915|
Rhu, Argyll and Bute, Scotland
|Died||25 October 1975 (aged 60)|
Virginia Water, Surrey, England
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||CUT: 1962|
|The Open Championship||T5: 1957|
Thomas Bruce Haliburton (5 June 1915 – 25 October 1975) was a Scottish golfer. He finished tied for 5th in the 1957 Open Championship and played in the 1961 and 1963 Ryder Cups. He died, playing golf, at Wentworth where he had been the professional for over 20 years.
Haliburton was born in a cottage in Rhu, then in Dunbartonshire but now in Argyll and Bute, but after a few years his parents moved to Shandon, a few miles away. It was there that he had his first contact with golf at Shandon Golf Club. He went to the Hermitage School in Helensburgh until he was 15 years old.
Haliburton was initially an assistant for four years at Haggs Castle Golf Club in Glasgow before moving to Prestwick St Nicholas Golf Club. In 1939 he became first assistant to Henry Cotton at Ashridge Golf Club. After a series of moves, he became the professional at the Wentworth Club in 1952 where he remained until his death in 1975.
In 1952 he set a world record score by scoring 126 for the first two rounds of the Spalding Tournament, although he eventually finished fourth.
In the 1963 Open Championship at Royal Lytham, he scored 29 for the first nine holes of the opening round, an Open record, equalled by Peter Thomson later on the same day. Tony Jacklin equalled the record in 1970 and Denis Durnian beat it, scoring 28, in 1983.
In 1969 he became chairman of the British PGA. He was the non-playing British captain in the first PGA Cup at Pinehurst, North Carolina in 1973. His last tournament was a Pro-Am at Helensburgh Golf Club in 1974.
Drawing up plan for his retirement, he had recommended Bernard Gallacher as his successor at Wentworth. Haliburton and Gallacher had just started a practice round when, on the first green, Haliburton collapsed and died. He had been a professional golfer for 42 years.
- 1938 Northern Open, West of Scotland Championship
- 1946 West of England Professional Championship
- 1949 Daily Mail Tournament
- 1959 Gleneagles Hotel Foursomes Tournament (with Bill Igoe)
- 1963 Yorkshire Evening News Tournament
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||CUT||35|
|The Open Championship||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||NT||T31||CUT||T23|
|The Open Championship||WD||CUT||T37||T29||CUT||T32||CUT||T5||CUT||T29|
|The Open Championship||T32||T41||CUT||T30||CUT|
NT = No tournament
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place
- Canada Cup (representing Scotland): 1954
- Ryder Cup (representing Great Britain): 1961, 1963
- Ireland–Scotland Professional Match (representing Scotland): 1935, 1936
- England–Scotland Professional Match (representing Scotland): 1938
- Llandudno International Golf Trophy (representing Scotland): 1938
- Amateurs–Professionals Match (representing the Professionals): 1960 (winners)
- PGA Cup (representing Great Britain and Ireland): 1973 (non-playing captain)
- "Golf". The Times. 6 February 1939. p. 7.
- "The Open Championship - Tournament Records".
- "Obituary – Mr Tom Haliburton – Distinguished golf career". The Times. 27 October 1975. p. 14.