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Garrick Porteous produced some of his best golf to date this season on the DP World Tour as he completed a three-week tour of the United Kingdom. First up was the Cazoo Classic played over the fantastic links of Hillside golf club in Southport. Garrick opened his tournament with a scintillating 65 (-7) to sit second on the leader board after round one. His putter wasn’t quite as hot on days two and three as he shot 72-73 to fall back into the chasing pack. However, he responded well in the final round to shoot 70 (-2) for an eight under total and tied for 16th place.

Next up was the Hero Open at the Fairmont St Andrews resort. Garrick has played well over this course in the past and he was hoping to build on Hillside with another good week in Scotland. Garrick played very solidly to shoot 68-70-69-70 (-11) and finish 30th. Another cut made and four rounds under par was very satisfying as he made his way to Wales for the Cazoo Open at the Celtic Manor Resort.

Garrick’s previous venture to the ‘2010’ course at Celtic Manor resulted in a missed cut, but he started really positively this time with a 69 (-2) to sit inside the top ten. A 74 (+3) followed on day two to make his third cut in a row on this very difficult course. He rounded off his weekend with 74-70 to finish in 35th position and maintain his Race to Dubai ranking of 170th.

Garrick is now taking a week off before travelling to Prague for the D+D Real Czech Masters which starts on the 18th August. He is hoping he can build on the positive momentum gained during the UK swing as he moves into the business end of the season.

PGA Tour Debut

Garrick Porteous makes his PGA Tour debut this week at the Barbasol Championship at the Keene Trace Golf Club in Kentucky which starts on 7th July. Following the strategic alliance developed in 2021 by the PGA Tour and the DP World Tour this is the first co-sanctioned event in America. Garrick is delighted to be in the field and looking forward to his first professional event on the PGA Tour.

Garrick showed some very positive signs in his last event on the DP World Tour, the BMW International in Munich. In a very strong field, he shot 70-68-69-73 (-8) to finish 48th making the cut and putting together some very consistent rounds. His form didn’t quite transfer to Final Open qualifying at Fairmont St Andrews, but after a few days rest he is ready to go again in Kentucky.

The summer then really gets going for Garrick with three events back in the UK. Firstly, he is playing in the Cazoo Classic at Hillside on 21 July. This is followed by one of Garrick’s favourite events the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews starting on 28th July. Finally, he heads to Wales for the Cazoo open at the Celtic Manor Resort on the 4th August.

New Partnership

Garrick Porteous is delighted to announce a new partnership with Matfen Hall, Country Hotel, Spa and Golf Estate. Garrick will now be attached to Matfen Hall as he ply’s his trade on the European tour. This is an exciting time for both parties and Garrick is excited to become their touring professional.

Rich in heritage, atmosphere and space, the Matfen Hall estate provides a 5-star unequalled paradise to stay, spa and golf in, nestled away in the heart of historic Northumberland. They have great plans for further developments to the hotel, spa and golf course and Garrick is really pleased to be part of their plans. It also adds to the link Garrick currently has with Matfen Hall, because John Harrison is Garrick’s coach and their resident teaching professional.

Despite missing the cut at the Porsche European Open last week in Germany, Garrick is keen to get this new partnership started as he heads to Girona, Spain for the Emporda Challenge which starts on 9th June. A busy month continues with the BMW International in Germany on 23rd June followed by final Open qualifying on 28th June.

Porsche European Open

Garrick Porteous returns to action this week in the Porsche European Open being played at the Green Eagle golf course in Hamburg, Germany. Garrick really enjoyed his home debut three weeks ago at the British Masters at the Belfry, Birmingham. He played nicely on day one shooting level par (72) but he could not quite sustain the momentum and shot 75 on day two to narrowly miss the cut.

However, the signs of form were there the following week as he played in the Soudal Open in Belgium. Garrick opened with 70 and 70 (-2) to make the cut. Round three wasn’t the moving day he was looking for as he shot 75 (+4), but a final round 68 (-3) meant he left the tournament with some very positive vibes.

Garrick is hoping to take that positivity he built up in the last two tournaments into the Porsche European Open which starts on Thursday 2nd June. There is a long way to go in the season and plenty of time to move up the Race to Dubai rankings.

British Masters at The Belfry

Garrick Porteous returns to home soil this week at the Betfred British Masters which starts at The Belfry, Birmingham on Thursday 5th May. Garrick is delighted to be in the field this week and looking forward to really getting his season going on the DP World Tour.

Garrick’s form hasn’t quite matched his expectations so far this season. However, he believes there are some positive signs after two missed cuts in Spain. In the ISPS Handa Championship he missed the cut by one shot and last week in Catalunya he felt his ball striking was really good, but this wasn’t matched by his putting.

He is excited to be back at The Belfry this year in front of a home crowd. Hopefully, this will inspire him to a good week and then kick start his season with the Soudal Open in Belgium to follow on the 12th May.

Good Start to 2022

Garrick Porteous has made a really good start to his 2022 season. In his first outing on the European Tour he finished tied 13th in the Magical Kenya Open at the Muthaiga Golf Club in Nairobi. Garrick shot 68-70-69-69 (-8) on a very tight and challenging course, but he was pleased with his form and game management. Four sub-par rounds saw him finish just outside the top ten.

Garrick had also finished tied 13th on the Challenge Tour in February. He again played nicely to shoot 67-70-69-70 (-13) in the Data Dimensions Pro-Am at Fancourt Golf Estate in South Africa.

So, overall a very positive start to 2022 for Garrick with a stroke average of 69.4 for ten rounds. He now has two weeks off to prepare for another visit to South Africa for further Challenge Tour events which commence on 24th March where he hopes the good form will continue.

Garrick's 2022 Season Commences

Garrick Porteous will get his 2022 season underway in South Africa with two events on the European Challenge Tour. He will first play in the Dimensions Data Pro-am at the prestigious Fancourt Golf Estate in George starting on 10th February 2022. This will be followed by the Bain’s Whiskey Cape Town Open held at the Royal Cape Golf Club on the 17th February.

Garrick had hoped to get one or two starts on the European Tour in the Middle East, but with the Rolex events and the re-categorisation for players this has not proved possible. He is still positive that some starts may come, but in the meantime, he wants to play, and the Challenge Tour provides that opportunity.

It has been a positive off-season for Garrick with plenty of work done with his coaches John Harrison (swing) and Andy Paisley (putting). He has also started working with Angus Smith on his strength and conditioning, with specific focus on his strength, speed and mobility. He is excited to get going and see where his game is at.

2021 Season Complete

Garrick Porteous completed his season on the European Tour by playing in the AVIV Dubai Championship last week. It wasn’t quite the finish he wanted, where rounds of 73-73 (+2) saw him miss the cut. He needed a good finish to improve his Race to Dubai rankings (151st), but ultimately fell short of retaining his card for the 2022 season.

Garrick played 23 events on the European Tour this season making the cut 13 times. His golf has been very good at times with a top ten finish at the Hero Open at St Andrews. He improved his scoring average from 71.5 (2020) to 70.38 from 71 rounds and he ranked highly in greens in regulation (19th) with a 70.33% (up from 64.1% in 2020).

As always there are areas that need further work and Garrick now embarks on some winter work to get fitter and sharpen his game. Time will tell what category he will have for 2022 and it could be a mixture of European and Challenge Tour golf. However, whatever it is he is determined to move forward and regain his full European tour playing rights.

Garrick is indebted to all the support he has had in the 2021 season. Namely his sponsors Penny Petroleum, The Bazaar Group, Titleist, Annie Hood, MHA Tait Walker and Brian Walker and his coaches John Harrison and Andy Paisley.

 

Successful Charity Golf Day

Garrick’s 2021 season on the European Tour has seen him support The Sick Children’s Trust. Friday 24thSeptember saw him host a charity golf day at Bamburgh Castle Golf Club to support The Sick Children’s Trust, Newcastle. The weather was glorious, but the wind proved very challenging for the 108 golfers who were invited to participate. It was an enormously successful day with an incredible £10,000 raised for the charity. This will house a sick child’s family for one year.

Garrick is indebted to Bamburgh Castle Golf Club for supporting him and allowing him to stage the charity event. He is grateful to all the participants for their immense generosity in both donating prizes and supporting The Sick Children’s Trust. Finally, he wishes to thank all those volunteers who gave their time to ensure the event was a success.

It is now back to ‘business’ for Garrick as he prepares his golf game this week ahead of the final four events of the season. He then heads to Spain for the Open de Espana (7/10/21), the Andalucía Masters at Valderrama (14/10/21) followed by the Mallorca Open (21/10/21). Finally, he will head to the Portugal Masters at Vilamoura (4/11/21) for the final European Tour event of 2021.

Six weeks on the Road

Garrick Porteous heads to Italy this week for the DS Automobiles Italian Open which starts on 2nd September. It is being played at the Marco Simone golf club, a new venue for the European tour and it will host the Ryder Cup in 2023. It is Garrick’s sixth week in a row, but he is full of optimism after some really good performances on the road.

Garrick started his latest road trip at the ISPS Handa World Invitational in Ireland. He shot 68-64-71-69 (-8) to finish 15th at The Galgorm Castle estate. He followed that with an even better 10th placed finish at the Hero Open at Fairmont St Andrews a week later. His scores of 69-69-68-67 (-15) really demonstrating how well he is playing this season.

He then moved South to the London Club in Kent where he made his 12th cut of the season. A good start (71-71) was slightly undone with a third round 76 (+4) but he bounced back in his final round with a 69 (-3) to finish tied 59th.

Garrick then flew to Prague for the D+D Czech Masters and then onto Crans Montana, Switzerland for the Omega European Masters. Despite some good golf at times Garrick missed the cut in both events. He is hoping for a bounce back this week in Italy where a very strong field have assembled all looking for Ryder Cup points.

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