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  • Age
  • Turned Pro
    1996
  • Previous Opens
    5

Richard Bland

Richard Bland
Bland’s dream of becoming a DP World Tour winner finally came true at the age of 48 and at the 478th attempt in the 2021 BetFred British Masters at The Belfry.

Bland’s dream of becoming a DP World Tour winner finally came true at the age of 48 and at the 478th attempt in the 2021 BetFred British Masters at The Belfry.

Beating Guido Migliozzi in a play-off made him the oldest first-time champion in Tour history - only Malcom Mackenzie had made more starts before winning – and was followed by him becoming the oldest player to lead the U.S. Open at the halfway stage and seven more top 10 finishes in Europe as he finished a career-high 11th on the “Race to Dubai” to secure his spot at St Andrews – and made it into the world’s top 75.

Yet the search for a title almost ended back in 2002. Winner of the Challenge Tour Grand Final the previous season, he fired closing rounds of 63 and 67 to be part of a four-way tie for the Murphy’s Irish Open. Dane Soren Hansen won that and it would be eight years before Bland registered his next top-three finish and a further six before he had another.

Then, in 2017, he finished a stroke behind Andres Romero at the BMW International Open, a month later tied for 22nd in what was only his second Open Championship start.

Venue
Finish
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
Par
St Andrews 2022
M/C
78
68
-
-
-
M/C
Royal St George's 2021
T67
70
70
73
70
283
3
Royal Birkdale 2017
T22
67
72
70
71
280
-
Royal Birkdale 1998
M/C
71
78
-
-
-
M/C

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