Betfred British Masters R4

Richard Bland wins first title at 48

British Masters 2021 R4
May 12-15
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
£1,850,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

British Masters 2021 R4 - Richard Bland wins first title at 48
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At the age of 48 and in his 478th attempt, Richard Bland has claimed his first European Tour title in a playoff at the 2021 Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett.


British Masters 2021 R4

He arrived at The Belfry third on the list of players with most appearances without a win and revealed he was thinking about the seniors game but he demonstrated on Sunday he could still best much younger players.

Bland birdied his final hole to close with a 66 to reach 13-under and take the clubhouse lead while 24-year-old Guido Migliozzi closed with a 68 to join him in the playoff. Bland parred the first extra hole and Migliozzi three-putted for a bogey.


British Masters 2021 R4

“It’s probably going to take a few days to sink in. It’s what I’ve worked for for 20 years. That’s what we all work for, to win out here and try and prove yourself. I’ve had a few close calls and I assume someone up there was looking down on me quite favourably today. It was just my day.”

“I kept telling myself on the last I thought 13 would be a really good score. There was maybe two or three guys on 11. Especially if the weather stayed how it was. We played the last three holes in the worst of the weather as well. I thought if it stays like this then the par fives are playing pretty long. They’re not giveaway birdies. To hole that putt on the last, I don’t think I saw it go in. I knew it was in with about a foot to go. I think I turned to the left to celebrate before it had even gone in. I’d have looked silly if it’d missed. Fortunately it went in.”


British Masters 2021 R4

Bland made his European Tour debut at the 1998 Open Championship and has achieved three second places, two thirds and 26 other top tens since.

He was a European Challenge Tour graduate in 2001, 2004 and 2008 and also came through the Qualifying School in 2007 and 2011 before finishing in a then career high 27th on the Race to Dubai Rankings in 2016.

He had to return to the Challenge Tour after losing his Tour card in 2018 and become the oldest ever graduate at the age of 46.


British Masters 2021 R4

“I’ve done it,” said an emotional Bland as he was interviewed by long time coach Tim Barter, who was clearly emotional himself.

“My game had been trending in the right way and I’d worked really hard, as you know we’ve worked so hard on the wedges.”

“I just drove the ball so well this week, I’ve gone back to my old driver. Round here – especially for me, I’m not the longest on Tour – I’ve got to hit fairways and I’ve probably missed single digit fairways all week.”

British Masters 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Richard Bland
-13
68
69
72
66
275
2
Guido Migliozzi
-13
68
72
67
68
275
T3
Dave Coupland
-12
71
69
68
68
276
T3
Mikko Korhonen
-12
70
71
68
67
276
T3
Adrian Meronk
-12
70
72
65
69
276
T6
Dean Burmester
-11
69
73
65
70
277
T6
Andy Sullivan
-11
69
71
68
69
277
T8
Calum Hill
-10
67
70
70
71
278
T8
Robert MacIntyre
-10
71
66
70
71
278
T8
Edoardo Molinari
-10
71
72
64
71
278
T11
Jazz Janewattananond
-9
73
69
71
66
279
T11
Renato Paratore
-9
73
70
70
66
279
T11
Eddie Pepperell
-9
70
68
68
73
279
T11
Matthias Schwab
-9
66
75
67
71
279
T11
Danny Willett
-9
69
72
68
70
279
T11
Chris Wood
-9
69
72
68
70
279
T17
Andrew Johnston
-8
71
71
68
70
280
T17
Jordan Smith
-8
71
69
69
71
280
T19
Justin Harding
-7
69
69
70
73
281
T19
Søren Kjeldsen
-7
71
72
69
69
281
T21
Sam Horsfield
-6
72
70
69
71
282
T21
Raphael Jacquelin
-6
75
67
69
71
282
T21
Min Woo Lee
-6
75
67
69
71
282
T21
James Morrison
-6
68
73
72
69
282
T21
Matthieu Pavon
-6
68
71
73
70
282
T21
Julian Suri
-6
68
74
72
68
282
T21
Sami Valimaki
-6
71
73
70
68
282
T21
Dale Whitnell
-6
70
74
68
70
282
T21
Ashun Wu
-6
73
71
66
72
282
T30
Alexander Björk
-5
73
72
67
71
283
T30
Laurie Canter
-5
70
71
71
71
283
T30
Louis De Jager
-5
68
72
70
73
283
T30
Julien Guerrier
-5
72
66
72
73
283
T34
Alexander Levy
-4
71
71
72
70
284
T34
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
-4
71
74
75
64
284
T34
Shubhankar Sharma
-4
73
71
71
69
284
T34
Clement Sordet
-4
68
74
68
74
284
T34
Matthew Southgate
-4
72
73
67
72
284
T34
Bernd Wiesberger
-4
68
72
72
72
284
T40
Alejandro Cañizares
-3
71
74
69
71
285
T40
Aaron Cockerill
-3
70
73
68
74
285
T40
Adrian Otaegui
-3
73
71
70
71
285
T43
Adri Arnaus
-2
69
72
71
74
286
T43
Ashley Chesters
-2
73
69
74
70
286
T43
Thomas Detry
-2
73
72
71
70
286
T43
Ross Fisher
-2
69
74
71
72
286
T43
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-2
71
73
69
73
286
T43
Richie Ramsay
-2
70
71
72
73
286
T43
Ricardo Santos
-2
73
70
70
73
286
T43
Cormac Sharvin
-2
73
71
73
69
286
T43
Sebastian Soderberg
-2
73
72
69
72
286
T52
Paul Dunne
-1
72
69
73
73
287
T52
Jean Baptiste Gonnet
-1
71
73
75
68
287
T52
Chris Paisley
-1
70
74
73
70
287
T52
Tapio Pulkkanen
-1
72
70
69
76
287
T52
Jack Senior
-1
72
73
75
67
287
T57
Jamie Donaldson
E
74
71
74
69
288
T57
Joachim B. Hansen
E
71
71
77
69
288
T57
Richard Mansell (a)
E
69
71
73
75
288
T57
Thorbjørn Olesen
E
71
73
72
72
288
T57
Darius van Driel
E
74
70
70
74
288
T62
Josh Geary
1
70
72
70
77
289
T62
Garrick Porteous
1
70
74
72
73
289
T62
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
1
72
73
71
73
289
T65
Jonathan Caldwell
2
76
69
80
65
290
T65
Gavin Kyle Green
2
75
70
72
73
290
T67
Thomas Bjørn
3
72
71
75
73
291
T67
Lee Slattery
3
72
68
76
75
291
T67
Joel Stalter
3
69
72
78
72
291
70
Johannes Veerman
4
71
74
72
75
292
71
Steven Tiley
5
74
71
74
74
293
72
Oliver Wilson
7
73
72
72
78
295
73
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
14
73
72
77
80
302
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
2
73
73
146
CUT
Lucas Bjerregaard
2
74
72
146
CUT
Jorge Campillo
2
76
70
146
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
2
76
70
146
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
2
74
72
146
CUT
Gregory Havret
2
77
69
146
CUT
Sebastian Heisele
2
72
74
146
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
2
74
72
146
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
2
71
75
146
CUT
Alvaro Quiros
2
74
72
146
CUT
Bernd Ritthammer
2
73
73
146
CUT
Ajeetesh Sandhu
2
74
72
146
CUT
Max Schmitt
2
68
78
146
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
2
73
73
146
CUT
Justin Walters
2
74
72
146
CUT
Oliver Farr
3
74
73
147
CUT
Tom Gandy
3
73
74
147
CUT
David Law
3
72
75
147
CUT
Jake McLeod
3
73
74
147
CUT
Wade Ormsby
3
74
73
147
CUT
Robert Rock
3
73
74
147
CUT
Connor Syme
3
75
72
147
CUT
David Dixon
4
72
76
148
CUT
Stephen Gallacher
4
76
72
148
CUT
Rasmus Højgaard
4
74
74
148
CUT
Sihwan Kim
4
72
76
148
CUT
Romain Langasque
4
75
73
148
CUT
Haotong Li
4
76
72
148
CUT
Andrea Pavan
4
69
79
148
CUT
Carlos Pigem
4
71
77
148
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
4
74
74
148
CUT
Toby Tree
4
71
77
148
CUT
Fabrizio Zanotti
4
78
70
148
CUT
Lars van Meijel
4
77
71
148
CUT
Marcus Armitage
5
76
73
149
CUT
Sean Crocker
5
72
77
149
CUT
Lorenzo Gagli
5
75
74
149
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
5
76
73
149
CUT
David Howell
5
74
75
149
CUT
Matthew Jordan
5
74
75
149
CUT
Masahiro Kawamura
5
72
77
149
CUT
Jason Levermore
5
74
75
149
CUT
Pedro Oriol
5
71
78
149
CUT
Steven Brown
6
71
79
150
CUT
Bradley Dredge
6
75
75
150
CUT
David Horsey
6
77
73
150
CUT
Janne Kaske
6
73
77
150
CUT
Martin Kaymer
6
74
76
150
CUT
Niall Kearney
6
73
77
150
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
6
77
73
150
CUT
Zander Lombard
6
76
74
150
CUT
Richard McEvoy
6
75
75
150
CUT
Jason Scrivener
6
79
71
150
CUT
Michael Bullen
7
74
77
151
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
7
72
79
151
CUT
SSP Chawrasia
7
75
76
151
CUT
Ben Evans
7
77
74
151
CUT
Scott Hend
7
78
73
151
CUT
Rikard Karlberg
7
72
79
151
CUT
Francesco Laporta
7
76
75
151
CUT
Marc Warren
7
74
77
151
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
8
76
76
152
CUT
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
8
76
76
152
CUT
Matt Ford
8
76
76
152
CUT
Ross McGowan
8
75
77
152
CUT
Benjamin Poke
8
74
78
152
CUT
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
8
76
76
152
CUT
Gaganjeet Bhullar
9
77
76
153
CUT
Colm Moriarty
9
78
75
153
CUT
Robin Roussel
9
73
80
153
CUT
Pep Angles
10
76
78
154
CUT
Wil Besseling
10
77
77
154
CUT
Marcel Schneider
10
79
75
154
CUT
Grant Forrest
11
78
77
155
CUT
Adrien Saddier
11
77
78
155
CUT
Rhys Enoch
13
74
83
157
CUT
David Drysdale
14
76
82
158
CUT
Scott Jamieson
14
80
78
158
CUT
Graeme Storm
18
82
80
162
WD
Paul Waring
1
73
73
WD
Haydn Porteous
7
73
50
123
WD
Oliver Fisher
5
37
37
WD
Jeff Winther
4
72
70
78
220