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2024 Tour Status Achieved

Garrick Porteous saved his best golf until the end of the season as he achieved his card for the 2024 DP World Tour. It was his third visit in the last five years to final stage Q School and the outcome was the same, full playing rights for the 2024 season.

Garrick finished 219th on the Race to Dubai after the normal 2023 season and by his own admission had not really played his best. That meant he had to join the other hopeful qualifiers for Stage Two in Spain which started on Thursday 2nd November. He was allocated a place at Desert Springs golf club near Almeria. Garrick opened up with 69-73-71 (-3) in very windy conditions meaning he needed a really good final round to join the 23 qualifiers to progress to final stage. He shot 67 (-5) and finished tied 19th which meant he had to come back on Monday 6th November where eight players played off for five spots.

Garrick played nicely in the play-off but alas fell short and was the last player knocked out. 24th position meant he was second alternate for final stage and unlikely to get a spot. However, by a stroke of luck later that day he received an email saying he was into final stage and the journey to securing his card again was back on.

Four days later Garrick and his caddy John were ready to go again for the six-round marathon at Infinitum Golf Club in Tarragona, Spain. 156 golfers play two rounds each on the Lakes and Hills course at Infinitum and then the field is cut to the best 70 players and ties. Garrick played nicely in those rounds to shoot 69-69-73-66 (-9) to be lying in the top 35. On moving day, round five, Garrick shot 66 (-5) to move into the top 25 and be in a position to secure his card on the final day.

Round six was a very tense affair. On the front nine very few birdie opportunities presented themselves and with one three putt on hole eight it meant that Garrick turned one over par. At that moment the cut for the top 25 and ties was -14, meaning that Garrick needed to play the back nine under par. The pressure was mounting. A similar nine followed with good par saves and solid putting leading to Garrick boarding the 18th tee needing a birdie to qualify on the mark of -14. He hit a really solid drive followed by a rapier six iron to 12 feet on the par five 18th. He then rolled in the putt for an eagle to move to -15 and secure his Tour status for 2024.

The emotions came flooding out as he realised again the enormity of what had been achieved. Three weeks in Spain had resulted in one of the most amazing finishes on the 108th hole of the tournament. He now has an opportunity in 2024 to realise his potential and avoid the Q School drama next year. Garrick is taking a couple of weeks off before starting his 2024 season in South Africa at the Alfred Dunhill Championship at Leopard Creek followed by the Mauritius Open.


Back on the Course

After what seems like an eternity Garrick Porteous gets his DP World Tour season back on the course for the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. Garrick’s last outing was the Cazoo Open de France at Paris National in September where he shot 73-74 to miss the cut. He has since moved to Dubai and been enjoying the weather and facilities at Trump Dubai to improve and work on his game.

The Commercial Bank Qatar Masters starts on 2nd November and is being played at the Doha Golf Club. Garrick is excited to be back on the course in competitive action after a month away working on his game. He admits this season hasn’t seen his best golf, but he is determined to sign off the season in style.

The Qatar Masters is the final qualifying event for the Race to Dubai on the DP World Tour. Garrick currently sits 219 on the rankings, well outside the 116 who will retain their cards for the 2024 season. Unless Garrick has an exceptional week, he is off to Spain to compete at Stage Two Q school, which starts on the 2nd November at Desert Springs Golf Club, Almeria. As always, he is ready for the challenge and hoping he can finish off his season with a flourish.




Back on the Course

After a five-week break from the DP World Tour Garrick Porteous was back on the road and course in the ISPS HANDA World Invitational at Calgorm Castle Northern Ireland. This was an opportunity to get the game face back on for competitive golf and shake off any rust. The weather didn’t oblige and blew an absolute gale and Garrick missed the cut with two rounds of 73 and 78.

Next up was the D+D Czech Masters in Prague. Garrick really likes the Albatross golf resort and it showed. He shot 69-71-70-67 (-11) to finish tied 31st and was really delighted with four rounds under par. It was then off to the Swiss Alps for the Omega Masters in Crans-sur-Sierre. Two shots resulted in double bogies in his first six holes on day one. He then played beautifully to finish with three birdies and shoot 71 (+1). Day two saw Garrick play some very controlled golf but alas the birdie putts wouldn’t drop as he shot 69 (-1) and miss the cut.

Garrick and Maise have now moved to Dubai so they are settling in and enjoying thier new lifestyle. Garrick is also taking advantage of some great weather and golf facilities as he prepares for his next event, the Cazoo Open de Golf at Le Golf National near Paris.

Refresh and Recharge

Garrick Porteous arrived home after a big three weeks in terms of travel and golf which took him to Munich, The Belfry, Liverpool and finally Denmark. Whilst he missed the cut in Germany at the BMW International Open and the British Masters at The Belfry, he did show some positive signs in final Open Qualifying at West Lancashire and the Made in Himmerland in Denmark.

At final Open Qualifying Garrick played with Graeme McDowell and really enjoyed the experience and the course. Large crowds followed the game all day, but two rounds of 71 (-2) was not enough to qualify but sub-par rounds were satisfying and showed some positive signs.

Garrick then travelled to Denmark with no time for a practice round and shot 73 (+3) in his opening round of the Made in Himmerland. However, he bounced back really well shooting 68 (-2) on day two to make the cut and play the weekend for the first time in a while. It wasn’t the weekend he was looking for but to make the cut was progress and it will boost his confidence going forward.

Garrick now has a break from the DP World Tour for five weeks, so it is a chance to refresh and recharge and get the game ready for there up and coming events in Northern Ireland (17/8/23), Prague (24/8/23) and Crans Montana, Switzerland (31/8/23). He is also looking forward to moving to Dubai in August with his wife Maisie to live and work. Both of them are excited about the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.

Big Three Weeks

Garrick Porteous returns to action this week in the BMW International Open in Munich looking to find some form as the European tour season continues. Last year Garrick shot 70-68-69-73 (-8) in this event and he is hoping those positive signs can return when he starts on Thursday. So far this season, there have been some good signs, but it has never materialised into the finish needed.

It’s a busy few weeks for Garrick as he tries to move up the Race to Dubai rankings as well as qualify for the 151st Open Championship. Following Munich, he returns to the UK to play in the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry which starts on the 29th June. Then its on to final qualifying for the Open Championship, where Garrick’s first choice venue is West Lancashire. 36 holes on the 4th July will determine whether he gets to tee it up in the Open for the third time. Finally, it’s off to Denmark for the Made in Denmark which starts on 6th July.

Garrick is looking ahead to these exciting challenges. He has had a few frustrating weeks on the road this year where he hasn’t quite found the form he would like. However, this is a new week and he is ready to move his game forward.

Looking Forward

Garrick Porteous returned from Italy and Belgium for a week at home full of optimism after one cut made in Italy. He feels his game is getting closer to where he would like it to be and he is trying to find that consistency to compete on the DP World Tour. Garrick took advantage of the nice weather in the UK this last week to work really hard on his game alongside some physical training.

He also played a couple of events on the NENW PGA schedule. Garrick shot 73 at Hexham to finish 11th in the Pro-Series event. He then teamed up with Team Porteous (Zac Cooper, Stuart Bramley and his father John) to win the Prudhoe Pro-Am. Garrick shot 65 (-4) to win the individual event as well.

Garrick is now off to the Netherlands for the KLM Open at the Bernardus Golf starting on 25th May 2023. He then heads to Hamburg for the Porsche European Open at the Green Eagle Golf Courses on 1st June 2023. He is very upbeat and positive and looking forward to the next two weeks.

Promising Signs

After a missed cut on the European Challenge Tour in Dubai, Garrick Porteous made the decision to book his flight and head to Rome, Italy for the DS Automobiles Italian Open. At that moment, he was first reserve, but as he stepped off the plane he was in the field and looking forward to competing on the course that will host the Ryder Cup in September.

Garrick opened up with a 69 (-2) on what proved to be a very difficult golf course with a high premium for hitting the fairways and greens as the rough was very thick. He followed his first round with a 73 (+2) to make his first cut of the 2023 season.

The weekend proved a real examination of his game and with 74 and 73 Garrick eventually finished tied 57th. However, there were some real positive signs and playing four competitive rounds on the challenging layout will help him going forward. Garrick now travels to Belgium to play in the Soudal Open at the Rinkven Golf Club starting on 11th May.

Tour Golf Returns

After six weeks off Garrick Porteous returns to action this week on the European Challenge Tour. Garrick had hoped to be out in Japan last week and Korea this week on the DP World Tour but due to the number of national entries he missed out on qualification. However, he is excited to be teeing it up this week at the famous Abu Dhabi Golf Club, UAE for the next Challenge Tour event.

He then hopes to play either the Italian Open on the DP World Tour or continue in Abu Dhabi at the UAE Challenge starting on the 4th May. Either way, it’s great that he is getting back to competitive golf. His three-week journey will end in Belgium for the Soudal Open on 11th May at the Rinkven International Golf Club.

Garrick hasn’t been idle during the time away from tour golf. He has been practicing hard and playing in the NE NW Professional Golf series. He finished first at Brampton shooting 68 (-4) and second at Cleveland shooting 70 (-2) playing alongside the local club professionals.

Garrick is hoping this three-week stint will kick start his season. He will be able to get some good practice in warm weather alongside playing competitive rounds and look forward to more DP World Tour events in the forthcoming months.


Searching for Form

Kenya has proved a happy hunting ground for Garrick Porteous in the past, but this time his game wasn’t quite there. Garrick shot 71-75 to miss another cut and the search for some good form continues.

Garrick now has five weeks where he either doesn’t qualify for the DP world Tour events or there aren’t any. Therefore, its back home to work on his game and his fitness and hopefully find some form for events to come in April and May.

Garrick’s next events look like they will be in Japan on the 20th April and Korea on the 27th April. There is still a long way to go in 2023 and he remains very positive.

Tough Two Weeks

Garrick Porteous endured a tough two weeks on the DP World Tour in Thailand and India. He was delighted to get into the Thailand Classic in Bangkok and the Hero India Open in Dehli and so made the long trip from South Africa. Despite playing some sound golf to shoot 70-72 (-2) Garrick missed the cut by one shot in Bangkok, but did feel his game was progressing.

Garrick then travelled to Dehli for the Hero India Open which started on Thursday 23rd February. He described the course as very challenging and so it proved after he opened with a 77 (+5). However, that only told half the story as he was suffering from food poisoning and was forced to withdraw before round two started.

Garrick now has a week at home to rest and recuperate before he heads out to Nairobi, Kenya for the Magical Kenya Open which starts on 9th March. Garrick played well in 2022 at the Muthaiga Golf Club and he is hoping that experience will stand him in good stead this year.

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