Sharif Khan

North American Open Champion 1969, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981
U.S. Professional Champion 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1979
Boston Open Champion 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1979, 1981

The eldest son of Hashim Khan, Sharif Khan was the best player in North America in the 1970s. He dominating the professional game as few have ever done. He won the Drysdale Cup (Great Britain’s national junior title) and reached the semifinals of the 1970 British Open, but it was the hardball game that became his private stomping ground. With his famous up-tempo, eye-popping, slashing style, Sharif spelled doom for two generations of challengers. He won an amazing twelve North American Opens, nine U.S. Professionals (Tournament of Champions), seven Boston Opens and four Boodles Opens. His greatest win was over Geoff Hunt in the 1977 North American Open finals, when he outlasted the eight-time British Open champion 15-13 in the fourth. Sharif bridged the pro circuit from its humble beginnings in the late 1960s to the early 1980s when, with his media-savvy, explosive talent and tremendous record, he helped carry the tour to its apogee.