Canary Islands Championship R4

Higgo powers to another win in the Canaries

Canary Islands 2021 R4
May 06-09
Golf Costa Adeje, Tenerife, Spain
€1,500,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3

Canary Islands Championship 2021 R4 - Higgo powers to another win on the Canaries
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Garrick Higgo continued to write his own chapter in the European Tour history books as he powered to a second win in three weeks at the 2021 Canary Islands Championship.


Canary Islands 2021 R4

“It feels amazing, I am happy to be done now. I am very tired but really happy and thankful. I did (feel pressure) from the start. It is not easy to lead, the other day was my first time, and in this game anything can happen.”

Just 14 days after he lifted the trophy at the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open with a European Tour record low score of 255, a closing 64 with a hole-in-one moved him to 27 under and handed him a six shot victory at Golf Costa Adeje.


Canary Islands 2021 R4

“It’s unreal. I can’t believe it has happened so quickly again, but my game has been good so I can believe it as well. It feels good. I have been working really hard on a lot of little things and I have also accepted what works for me and kind of stuck with that. I think that has been a big thing. If I don’t play as well, I don’t look for something, so I am going to try and keep going.”

Australian Maverick Antcliff was the nearest challenger, one shot clear of Finn Tapio Pulkkanen, with home favourite Adri Arnaus, last week’s winner Dean Burmester, Dane Nicolai Højgaard, England’s Andrew Johnston and Irishman Niall Kearney at 19 under.


Canary Islands 2021 R4

But all eyes were on Higgo as he took his score across the 12 rounds of the Canary Islands Swing to 68 under and sent records tumbling.

A third European Tour win in just his 26th event makes him the fastest South African to three wins not including Majors and World Golf Championships, and he also matches the record of Tiger Woods for the fewest number of events needed to claim three European/PGA TOUR wins since 1990.

The 21-year-old also becomes the fourth youngest player to three European Tour wins and beats countryman Burmester’s mark for the largest winning margin on the 2021 Race to Dubai set last week.

With Burmester’s win being sandwiched by Higgo’s two, this is the first time that we have had three consecutive South African winners on the European Tour since 2012, and it is the first time that feat has ever been achieved outside of South Africa.


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Canary Islands 2021 R4

It has been a remarkable run for South African golf of late, with Brandon Stone, J C Ritchie and Wilco Nienaber also making it three wins in a row for the Rainbow Nation on the European Challenge Tour.

(On South African players winning recently) “I think we all want to win and all very hungry for a win,” said Higgo. “I actually called Wilco’s win at the beginning of the week, so I am definitely going to brag about that with the other guys. I think we all just want to win and play our best. It is nice that it is working out perfectly.”

Higgo moves up to fifth on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex and also moves to the brink of entering the top 50 in the Official World Golf Ranking for the first time.

Canary Islands 2021 R4

Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Garrick Higgo
-27
66
63
64
64
257
2
Maverick Antcliff
-21
70
64
64
65
263
3
Tapio Pulkkanen
-20
66
71
61
66
264
T4
Adri Arnaus
-19
64
64
72
65
265
T4
Dean Burmester
-19
68
63
69
65
265
T4
Nicolai Højgaard
-19
67
67
65
66
265
T4
Andrew Johnston
-19
68
63
67
67
265
T4
Niall Kearney *
-19
68
64
72
61
265
T9
Alejandro Del Rey (a)
-18
69
66
65
66
266
T9
Sebastian Heisele
-18
68
69
66
63
266
T9
Kalle Samooja
-18
65
68
68
65
266
T12
Louis De Jager
-17
65
68
67
67
267
T12
Oliver Fisher
-17
66
66
70
65
267
T12
Alfredo Garcia-Heredia
-17
64
70
67
66
267
T12
Calum Hill
-17
65
65
66
71
267
T12
Richard Mansell (a)
-17
65
66
64
72
267
T12
Eddie Pepperell
-17
66
69
67
65
267
T12
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
-17
66
66
67
68
267
T12
Connor Syme
-17
66
64
71
66
267
T20
Zander Lombard
-16
66
67
67
68
268
T20
Bernd Ritthammer
-16
70
64
67
67
268
T20
Matthew Southgate
-16
68
66
66
68
268
T23
Rhys Enoch
-15
65
68
69
67
269
T23
Grant Forrest
-15
67
68
68
66
269
T23
Masahiro Kawamura *
-15
70
66
68
65
269
T23
Richie Ramsay
-15
65
65
71
68
269
T27
Richard Bland
-14
69
66
69
66
270
T27
Tom Gandy
-14
70
63
70
67
270
T27
Francesco Laporta
-14
62
68
70
70
270
T27
Matthieu Pavon
-14
66
69
68
67
270
T27
Julian Suri
-14
66
69
65
70
270
T27
Sami Valimaki
-14
69
64
67
70
270
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
-14
70
65
69
66
270
T34
Aaron Cockerill
-13
65
66
71
69
271
T34
Adrian Otaegui
-13
71
64
67
69
271
T34
Eduard Rousaud (a)
-13
67
67
67
70
271
T34
Jack Senior *
-13
67
68
70
66
271
T38
Gaganjeet Bhullar *
-12
69
67
70
66
272
T38
Justin Harding
-12
65
68
69
70
272
T40
Laurie Canter *
-11
70
67
69
67
273
T40
Pedro Figueiredo *
-11
70
66
68
69
273
T40
Julien Guerrier *
-11
69
69
67
68
273
T40
Garrick Porteous
-11
66
67
68
72
273
T40
Ricardo Santos *
-11
67
68
71
67
273
T45
Eduardo De la Riva *
-10
68
68
70
68
274
T45
Paul Dunne
-10
65
71
66
72
274
T45
Sihwan Kim *
-10
71
64
70
69
274
T45
Edoardo Molinari *
-10
70
66
70
68
274
T45
Paul Peterson *
-10
69
65
73
67
274
T45
Johannes Veerman *
-10
70
66
71
67
274
T51
Nino Bertasio *
-9
68
70
67
70
275
T51
Dave Coupland *
-9
68
68
71
68
275
T51
Scott Hend
-9
67
66
70
72
275
T51
Michael Lorenzo-Vera *
-9
72
66
66
71
275
T51
Justin Walters *
-9
72
64
72
67
275
T56
Scott Fernandez *
-8
63
71
72
70
276
T56
Janne Kaske *
-8
69
68
70
69
276
T56
Thomas Plumb *
-8
68
70
70
68
276
T56
Sebastian Soderberg *
-8
69
65
70
72
276
T56
Dale Whitnell *
-8
68
66
70
72
276
T61
Jorge Campillo *
-7
66
69
74
68
277
T61
SSP Chawrasia *
-7
68
68
73
68
277
T61
Victor Dubuisson *
-7
69
69
70
69
277
T61
Alvaro Quiros *
-7
67
70
70
70
277
T61
Joel Stalter *
-7
64
69
74
70
277
T66
Matthew Jordan *
-6
68
70
70
70
278
T66
Romain Langasque *
-6
69
69
72
68
278
T66
Lars van Meijel *
-6
68
70
70
70
278
69
Shubhankar Sharma *
-5
67
71
67
74
279
70
Pep Angles *
-4
65
71
71
73
280
T71
Luis Claverie *
-3
67
71
72
71
281
T71
Ondrej Lieser (a) *
-3
70
68
72
71
281
T71
Ajeetesh Sandhu *
-3
71
65
76
69
281
74
Suradit Yongcharoenchai *
-2
67
69
74
72
282
T75
Carlos Pigem *
3
72
66
80
69
287
T75
Oliver Wilson *
3
73
65
76
73
287
77
Max Schmitt *
4
67
69
81
71
288
CUT
Kristoffer Broberg
-3
74
65
139
CUT
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Berry Henson
-3
70
69
139
CUT
Adrian Meronk
-3
73
66
139
CUT
Haydn Porteous
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Cormac Sharvin
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Alejandro Tosti
-3
68
71
139
CUT
Toby Tree
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Borja Virto
-3
69
70
139
CUT
Paul Waring
-3
72
67
139
CUT
Sam Broadhurst (a)
-2
74
66
140
CUT
Ignacio Elvira Mijares
-2
71
69
140
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
-2
72
68
140
CUT
Shiv Kapur
-2
69
71
140
CUT
Clement Sordet
-2
68
72
140
CUT
Darius van Driel
-2
69
71
140
CUT
David Borda
-1
69
72
141
CUT
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Ivan Cantero Gutierrez
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Matt Ford
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Alexander Levy
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Richard McEvoy
-1
71
70
141
CUT
Guido Migliozzi
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Benjamin Poke
-1
73
68
141
CUT
Steven Tiley
-1
70
71
141
CUT
Yi Keun Chang
E
73
69
142
CUT
David Horsey
E
72
70
142
CUT
David Howell
E
70
72
142
CUT
Pedro Oriol
E
74
68
142
CUT
Chris Paisley
E
73
69
142
CUT
Jake McLeod
+1
74
69
143
CUT
Andrea Pavan
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Robin Roussel
+1
72
71
143
CUT
Marcel Schneider
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
+1
71
72
143
CUT
Ashun Wu
+1
70
73
143
CUT
Sean Crocker
+2
71
73
144
CUT
Tyler Koivisto
+2
69
75
144
CUT
Tom McKibbin
+2
69
75
144
CUT
Jacobo Pastor
+2
70
74
144
CUT
Carl Suneson
+2
73
71
144
CUT
Grégory Bourdy
+4
73
73
146
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
+4
72
74
146
CUT
Harry Ellis
+4
75
71
146
CUT
Austin Bautista
+5
70
77
147
CUT
Samuel Del Val
+5
72
75
147
CUT
Mario Galiano Aguilar
+5
69
78
147
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
+7
75
74
149
CUT
Alvaro Hernandez Cabezuela
+8
74
76
150
CUT
Oscar Sanchez
+9
74
77
151
CUT
Scott Gregory
+11
71
82
153
WD
Renato Paratore
73
36
109
* Player started on the back nine