ISPS HANDA UK Championship R4

Højgaard seals second title at the Belfry

August 27-30
The Belfry, Sutton Coldfield, England
€1,000,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


UK Championship 2020 R4 - Højgaard seals second title at the Belfry
Photo credit: European Tour


Rasmus Højgaard became only the second teenager to win twice on the European Tour after edging out Justin Walters in a play-off for the 2020 ISPS HANDA UK Championship.


“It feels good. I didn’t really expect it. I started five shots back, so I was just trying to score as low and possible and see where I ended up. Ended in a play-off and win as well, so I was very happy.

On a dramatic final day at The Belfry, the 19-year-old from Denmark came from five strokes back to finish level with Walters on 14 under par.



When the contest went to extra holes, Højgaard held his nerve with consecutive pars down the 18th, with his South African opponent making a bogey on the second trip back down the last.

Højgaard became the first player born in the 21st century to come through Qualifying School last year and won his first European Tour title in just his fifth start – also in a play-off – at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open. Italian Matteo Manassero is the only other player to have captured two titles before turning 20.


“I had a good amateur career and achieved a few things there. I learnt how to be in contention and manage myself, and have brought that along to my professional career, and it has been working so far which has been awesome.”

After reaching the turn in 33, Højgaard dropped his first shot of the day on the 12th. That appeared to leave Walters and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer battling for the title, but in a remarkable finish Højgaard birdied the 14th and 16th and eagled the par five 17th to complete a round of 65.



“I did take a look at some of the leaderboards so I had a feeling of where I was but I just tried to keep my focus on what I can control, and that is setting up as many birdie chances as possible.

“It was in really good condition and the wind dropped down a bit so you can actually give yourself a lot of chances. You can see that with the scores as well, it was gettable out there.

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Kaymer finished in a tie for third place alongside Benjamin Hebert of France on 13 under par, with a bogey on 17 denying him a place in the play-off. Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Craig Howie of Scotland were then at 12 under par, with England’s Marcus Armitage and Spaniard Jorge Campillo a shot further back.

With three UK Swing top tens in addition to his victory at The Belfry, Højgaard tops the Mini Order of Merit and receives an additional £60,000 to donate to charity, with the Childhood Cancer Foundation and Ronald McDonald House in Denmark his nominated charities.




Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Rasmus Højgaard
-14
73
69
67
65
274
2
Justin Walters
-14
64
71
69
70
274
T3
Benjamin Hebert
-13
67
69
70
69
275
T3
Martin Kaymer
-13
68
72
66
69
275
T5
Craig Howie
-12
68
72
71
65
276
T5
Bernd Wiesberger
-12
67
71
73
65
276
T7
Marcus Armitage
-11
70
68
71
68
277
T7
Jorge Campillo
-11
69
73
67
68
277
T9
Calum Hill
-10
68
72
72
66
278
T9
Andy Sullivan
-10
70
72
69
67
278
T11
Min Woo Lee
-9
71
71
68
69
279
T11
Darius van Driel
-9
72
70
71
66
279
T13
Laurie Canter
-8
71
73
65
71
280
T13
Marcus Kinhult
-8
68
74
68
70
280
T15
Ben Evans
-7
71
72
70
68
281
T15
Aaron Rai
-7
71
72
72
66
281
T17
Thorbjørn Olesen
-6
70
73
71
68
282
T17
Lee Westwood
-6
70
71
72
69
282
T19
Richard Bland
-5
70
70
74
69
283
T19
Aaron Cockerill
-5
72
69
74
68
283
T19
Bryce Easton
-5
72
68
70
73
283
T19
Matthew Jordan
-5
69
69
75
70
283
T19
Matt Wallace
-5
70
73
72
68
283
T19
Paul Waring
-5
70
67
76
70
283
T25
John Catlin
-4
72
72
72
68
284
T25
Joachim B. Hansen
-4
71
71
69
73
284
T25
Wade Ormsby
-4
68
74
73
69
284
T28
Dave Coupland
-3
73
71
70
71
285
T28
Ryan Fox
-3
71
67
73
74
285
T28
Jack Senior
-3
70
75
71
69
285
T31
Thomas Bjørn
-2
72
69
73
72
286
T31
Dean Burmester
-2
70
70
76
70
286
T31
Haotong Li
-2
74
71
69
72
286
T31
Jake McLeod
-2
71
71
79
65
286
T31
Richie Ramsay
-2
75
70
70
71
286
T31
Martin Simonsen
-2
74
70
68
74
286
T31
Graeme Storm
-2
72
69
71
74
286
T31
Scott Vincent
-2
67
72
74
73
286
T39
Jonathan Caldwell
-1
71
74
70
72
287
T39
Ross Fisher
-1
68
73
77
69
287
T39
Søren Kjeldsen
-1
70
75
70
72
287
T39
James Morrison
-1
75
70
72
70
287
T39
Julian Suri
-1
68
71
77
71
287
T39
Steven Tiley
-1
74
71
70
72
287
T39
Marc Warren
-1
69
73
75
70
287
46
Matthias Schwab
E
71
72
77
68
288
T47
Nicolas Colsaerts
1
75
69
74
71
289
T47
Garrick Higgo
1
70
71
75
73
289
T47
Masahiro Kawamura
1
70
75
75
69
289
T47
Jeff Winther
1
69
73
76
71
289
T51
Stephen Gallacher
2
69
76
68
77
290
T51
Tom Gandy
2
73
68
74
75
290
T51
David Horsey
2
71
72
75
72
290
T51
Wilco Nienaber
2
69
72
76
73
290
T55
David Dixon
3
68
76
76
71
291
T55
Rhys Enoch
3
68
75
77
71
291
T55
Ross McGowan
3
74
68
75
74
291
T58
Lucas Bjerregaard
4
73
72
71
76
292
T58
Damien Perrier
4
73
71
76
72
292
T58
Joel Sjoholm
4
67
76
76
73
292
T58
Lee Slattery
4
70
75
81
66
292
62
Raphael Jacquelin
5
74
71
73
75
293
63
Liam Johnston
7
72
73
76
74
295
64
Matthieu Pavon
8
72
72
79
73
296
CUT
David Drysdale
E
21
21
CUT
Matthew Baldwin
2
72
74
146
CUT
Wil Besseling
2
73
73
146
CUT
Alejandro Cañizares
2
74
72
146
CUT
Ewen Ferguson
2
74
72
146
CUT
Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez
2
74
72
146
CUT
Gregory Havret
2
72
74
146
CUT
David Howell
2
70
76
146
CUT
Joakim Lagergren
2
75
71
146
CUT
Chris Paisley
2
75
71
146
CUT
Victor Perez
2
75
71
146
CUT
JC Ritchie
2
71
75
146
CUT
Antoine Rozner
2
74
72
146
CUT
Marcel Siem
2
75
71
146
CUT
Dale Whitnell
2
76
70
146
CUT
Philip Eriksson
3
72
75
147
CUT
Gavin Kyle Green
3
69
78
147
CUT
Daan Huizing
3
73
74
147
CUT
Romain Langasque
3
73
74
147
CUT
Haydn Porteous
3
73
74
147
CUT
Kalle Samooja
3
74
73
147
CUT
Jordan Smith
3
72
75
147
CUT
Romain Wattel
3
75
72
147
CUT
Danny Willett
3
72
75
147
CUT
Maverick Antcliff
4
78
70
148
CUT
Steven Brown
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ashley Chesters
4
74
74
148
CUT
Louis De Jager
4
72
76
148
CUT
Oliver Farr
4
74
74
148
CUT
Jbe Kruger
4
76
72
148
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
4
76
72
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
4
71
77
148
CUT
Edoardo Molinari
4
76
72
148
CUT
Robert Rock
4
75
73
148
CUT
Ben Stow
4
73
75
148
CUT
Jordan Wrisdale
4
76
72
148
CUT
Daniel Young (a)
4
70
78
148
CUT
Julien Guerrier
5
75
74
149
CUT
Sihwan Kim
5
74
75
149
CUT
Pablo Larrazabal
5
73
76
149
CUT
Zach Murray
5
71
78
149
CUT
Benjamin Poke
5
72
77
149
CUT
Garrick Porteous
5
74
75
149
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
5
75
74
149
CUT
Adrien Saddier
5
72
77
149
CUT
Matthew Southgate
5
73
76
149
CUT
Oliver Fisher
6
78
78
CUT
Curtis Knipes (a)
6
74
76
150
CUT
Shubhankar Sharma
6
72
78
150
CUT
Callum Shinkwin
6
76
74
150
CUT
Paul Dunne
7
74
77
151
CUT
Marcel Schneider
7
76
75
151
CUT
Mathieu Fenasse (a)
8
76
76
152
CUT
Daniel Gavins
8
76
76
152
CUT
Alexander Levy
8
79
73
152
CUT
Toby Tree
8
75
77
152
CUT
Nicolai Højgaard
9
78
75
153
CUT
Hurly Long (a)
9
77
76
153
CUT
Richard McEvoy
9
80
73
153
CUT
Gareth Davies
10
73
81
154
CUT
David Law
10
73
81
154
CUT
Max Schmitt
11
75
80
155
CUT
Janne Kaske
13
78
79
157
CUT
Scott Hend
15
75
84
159
CUT
Lorenzo Scalise
15
80
79
159
CUT
Brendan Lawlor
22
84
82
166
WD
Zander Lombard
9
75
69
81
225
WD
Eddie Pepperell
1
74
70
73
217