Richard Bland (golfer)

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Richard Bland
— Golfer —
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Personal information
Full name Richard Bland
Born (1973-02-03) 3 February 1973 (age 42)
Burton upon Trent, England
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Nationality  England
Residence Southampton, England
Partner Louise Brian
Career
Turned professional 1996
Current tour(s) European Tour
Professional wins 1
Number of wins by tour
Challenge Tour 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament DNP
U.S. Open CUT: 2009
The Open Championship CUT: 1998
PGA Championship DNP

Richard Bland (born 3 February 1973) is an English professional golfer.

Bland was born in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire. He turned professional in 1996 and reached the final stage of the European Tour's qualifying school in 1997 to gain his card on Europe's second tier Challenge Tour for 1998. In 2001 he won for the first time, at the season ending Challenge Tour Grand Final. The win catapulted him up the rankings and onto the European Tour for 2002.[1]

Bland had moderate success during his rookie season on the European Tour, ending the year in 73rd place on the Order of Merit with a best tournament finish of tied for 2nd place behind Søren Hansen at the Murphy's Irish Open after a playoff. He has failed to win enough money to maintain his card on the European Tour several times but has quickly regained his playing status each time, via the Challenge Tour rankings in 2004 and 2008 and via qualifying school in 2007 and 2011. In 2012 he was the last player to secure his playing rights for the 2013 season via the Order of Merit by a margin of less than a thousand euros.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 1994 European Under 21 Championship

Professional wins (1)[edit]

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
Victory
Runner-up
1 4 Nov 2001 Challenge Tour Grand Final -18 (69-68-66-63=266) 5 strokes England Philip Golding

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Graham, Tim (4 November 2001). "Italian Open: Roe secures final fling". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2010-09-01. 

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