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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.

Time to recharge and Reset

Garrick Porteous made the cut at the Irish Open with two rounds of 70 (-4) in a very strong field at Mount Juliet. However, he wasn’t able to maintain that form and finished 75-72 over the weekend. It was another positive week, but it ultimately meant he missed out on the Scottish Open by three spots when category 17 was reranked on 5th July.

Garrick now has some time at home to recharge his mental and physical state and reset before embarking on another six weeks of tournament golf. That will include three events in the UK before heading to the Czech Republic, Switzerland and Italy.

The three weeks at home will allow Garrick some good preparation time with his coaches John Harrison and Andy Paisley to reset his game. His season so far has been really good with nine cuts made in 13 tournaments. He will be looking to build on this and finish strongly and move further up the Race to Dubai.

Positive season Continues

Garrick Porteous continued his impressive season with a tied 29th position in the recent BMW International Open in Munich. After opening with a five under par 67 to be three shots off the lead he couldn’t quite match that level in the next two rounds. However, he bounced back in style on day four to shoot 68 (-4) to shoot an eight under total. He moves up to 133 on the Race to Dubai and his current score average of 69.9 for 40 rounds reinforces his good form.

Garrick has made steady progress this season with eight cuts made out of 12 tournaments played. After returning from the Canaries swing he made the cut at both the British Masters and the Made in Denmark. He followed this with two missed cuts at the Porsche European Open and the Scandinavian Mixed. Despite this slight setback he is still really positive about his overall form and excited about the weeks ahead.

He now heads to Ireland full of confidence for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, which starts on Thursday 1st July at Mount Juliet.

Warming Up in the Canaries

Garrick Porteous left the cold North East of England in mid-April to resume competition on the European Tour. He had hoped for warmer weather in Vienna for the Austrian Open, but was greeted with extremely cold conditions very similar to his native Newcastle.

However, despite an opening 75 (+3) in very cold and windy conditions, Garrick found his form and produced three great rounds to shoot 68-71-69 (-8) to finish in a tie for 15th place. His golf went from strength to strength the following week as he landed in Gran Canaria where the warm sunny conditions were to his liking. He shot 68-67-67-65 (-13) to finish tied 29th in a very low scoring event.

Garrick and the Tour then moved to the Island of Tenerife for the Tenerife Open and the Canary Islands Open, both to be held at Golf Costa Adeje. His good form continued with opening rounds of 70-69 (-3) in the Tenerife Open. However, it wasn’t enough to make the cut, which fell at four under. He will be hoping for some lower scoring in his next event, the Canary Island Open that starts on Thursday 6th May.

He then returns to the UK for the British Masters to be held at The Belfry, Birmingham starting on Wednesday 12th May.

Good Start to 2021

Garrick Porteous made a good start to his 2021 European Tour season with a three-week trip to Qatar and Kenya. Despite lockdown and a lack of on-course practice, Garrick opened with a 69 (-2) in Qatar. However, his second round was played in a sandstorm and strong winds and he missed the cut.

Buoyed by his positive start he moved onto Karen Country Club, Nairobi, Kenya for two tournaments. In the Magical Kenya Open, Garrick shot 71-68 (-3) to make his first cut of the season. He followed that with a strong weekend shooting 67-66 (-9) to finish tied 16th.

After one days recovery the Kenya Savannah Classic started on the same course. Garrick made the cut again shooting 69-68 (-5) in the first two rounds and then followed that with a 64 (-7) in round three to move into contention. However, his final round 73 (+2) didn’t match his earlier form and he finished tied 38th.

Overall, there were a lot of positive signs and he is pleased with his new Titleist clubs. Garrick knows more hard work is needed and he is preparing well ahead of the Austrian open starting on 15th April. He then travels to Gran Canaria and Tenerife, before heading back to England for the British Masters at the Belfry on May 12th.

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