Jordan Mixed Open - R3

Historic win for Huizing

April 04-06
Ayla Golf Club, Aqaba, Jordan
$393,000
Co-sanction: European Challenge Tour, Staysure Tour, Ladies European Tour
Round 1, Round 2

Daan Huizing made golfing history by becoming the first player to win a full-field mixed professional tournament with his triumph at the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla.

Historic win for Huizing at Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla, © Getty Images

The win was an emotional one for the 28-year-old, who admitted it was a tough off-season after he narrowly missed out on a European Tour card at the Challenge Tour Grand Final last year.

“I’m buzzing. It’s a big moment for me. I’ve had a rough time at home recently so this is a really sweet way to prove to myself that I’ve got it. The belief in myself and the people around me, my team and my family, I’m really grateful for their support. I’m honoured. I think it’s an historic event.

“To be the inaugural winner — it’s a special moment. I think it’s a great initiative. It was great fun playing in a final group with a Challenge Tour player, a senior tour player and a lady player. It was a great battle. It’s a different vibe and very special to be the first winner and I hope it’s something that can be continued in the future.”

The Dutchman began the final round at Ayla Golf Club two shots behind overnight leader Meghan MacLaren, who opened the world-first tournament with consecutive rounds of seven under par 65.

“I went into the day with a pretty open mind and I knew it was going to take a low round, someone was going to shoot low today. I had a pretty rough start and lipped out a couple of putts for birdie and holed a couple of good ones for par on two and three. It wasn’t easy and I didn’t play great. I had a few loose ones to the right yesterday and today again, but I battled really well.

“Mentally I was in really good shape and that’s what got me through. I stuck to my processes, stayed patient and Meghan was playing really, really well and she holed a couple of big putts on the front nine.

“She left the door open for me on 10 and 11 and I answered with two really good birdies on 12 and 13 and just the buzz and tension down the stretch was great. It was a fight and it wasn’t pretty at times, but it was a great experience and really valuable going forwards as well. There are a huge amount of positives that I can take from this.”

MacLaren started the final day strong, carding two birdies on her first three holes, but Huizing was able to slowly chip away at the Englishwoman’s lead, and by the time the two golfers reached the 13th tee, they were deadlocked on 14 under par.

The stage was set for a never-before-seen battle down the stretch between a male and female golfer competing for the same first prize.

In the end, it was Huizing who came out on top as he converted three crucial birdies on the closing holes and signed for a four under par 68, which gave him a two-stroke victory.

MacLaren finished the Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla alone in second place — two shots clear of Martin Simonsen, who matched the Ayla Golf Club course record with a final round of eight under par 64, which moved him 17 places up the leaderboard and into third place.

“I’m obviously pretty disappointed not to win this week, having been in such a good position, but it was still an honour to be here and represent women’s golf alongside two other great tours.

“It was pretty tight coming down the last few holes, so I think it was great entertainment for everybody watching.

Historic win for Huizing at Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla

“It hurts to not win, but I know, when I get home and think about it, I’ll be proud of what I’ve done this week and I hope that I’ve represented the LET and women’s golf in general as well as possible. It deserves a bit of a spotlight and if this kicks things up a bit, then I’m proud of what’s happened.

“It was a great concept but none of us really knew how it would pan out. The way the scores panned out throughout the week showed that it absolutely can work with the right thought process and course set-up if people do the research.

“Female golfers have done ourselves proud this week and it’s been a great environment to be in with all three tours.

“In some ways, it felt like just another tournament, trying to get the best score possible at the end of the week. It’s definitely interesting to have different golfers alongside us. There are things that the guys can do and we can’t but there are things that the girls do better than the men as well. It was definitely interesting and something that could happen more often.”

The Jordan Mixed Open presented by Ayla assembled 40 players from each of the European Challenge Tour, the Staysure Tour and the Ladies European Tour, plus three amateurs, into the same 123-player field and will forever be remembered as a game-changing tournament.

The final grouping was comprised of one player from each of the three Tours, and of the 66 players that made the cut, 20 represented the Ladies European Tour, 21 were from the Staysure Tour and 25 were from the Challenge Tour.

In addition, the back nine battle for the win between MacLaren and Huizing created tense drama all the way to the end.

Players from all three Tours were represented in the top five. The best performer from the over-50s contingent was José Coceres of Argentina who finished in a tie for fourth place alongside Challenge Tour players Jack Senior and Oliver Farr.

Thorough research was performed by tournament officials before the event began. Data on driving distance, approach shot distance, club selection and scoring was collected after each round, and will provide crucial findings to all three Tours.


The low-amateur competitor, Emilie Paltrinieri of Italy, carded rounds of 70-74-73 to finish the tournament on one over par.

“When something has never been done before it is difficult to know how it will play out,” said Simon Higginbottom, Tournament Director. “Before the tournament began, we had the ability to analyse average stroke distances for all categories of players, but matching that to the course architecture and set up on this course, this week, to create the fairest possible playing field for all competitors, was our main challenge.

“We had incredible support from all of the players in the field, who allowed us to collect invaluable data from this week, which we can scrutinise in future weeks to get an even clearer picture of how this can be done again.”

“ We are really pleased with the great success that the Jordan Mixed Open by Ayla has achieved,” said Ayla Chairman Khaled Masri. “This first-of-its-kind international golf tournament has attracted many golf enthusiasts from around the globe, effectively placing Jordan on the map of major golf events internationally. We hope to maintain this growing trend and will continue to welcome new global and regional championships to our world-class golf course.”


Pos. Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
Prize Money $
1 Daan Huizing (ECT)
-16
64
68
68
200
53,847.18
2 Meghan MacLaren (LET)
-14
65
65
72
202
36,481.43
3 Martin Simonsen (ECT)
-12
69
71
64
204
24,312.05
4 Jose Coceres (EST)
-11
70
69
66
205
16,797.28
4 Oliver Farr (ECT)
-11
68
68
69
205
16,797.28
4 Jack Senior (ECT)
-11
65
71
69
205
16,797.28
7 Peter Fowler (EST)
-10
68
71
67
206
11,109.19
7 Oscar Lengden (ECT)
-10
70
68
68
206
11,109.19
9 Phillip Price (EST)
-9
70
69
68
207
8,677.54
9 Paul Streeter (EST)
-9
66
70
71
207
8,677.54
11 Calum Hill (ECT)
-8
74
69
65
208
6,699.80
11 Pep Angles (ECT)
-8
67
72
69
208
6,699.80
11 Scott Henry (ECT)
-8
71
67
70
208
6,699.80
11 Ben Stow (ECT)
-8
70
68
70
208
6,699.80
11 Francesco Laporta (ECT)
-8
69
68
71
208
6,699.80
16 Laura Fuenfstueck (LET)
-7
73
70
66
209
5,380.71
16 Wil Bessling (ECT)
-7
70
69
70
209
5,380.71
18 Michael Hoey (ECT)
-6
69
73
68
210
4,105.69
18 Martin Wiegele (ECT)
-6
69
72
69
210
4,105.69
18 Dan Olsen (EST)
-6
70
70
70
210
4,105.69
18 Matt Ford (ECT)
-6
66
73
71
210
4,105.69
18 Stacy Lee Bregman (LET)
-6
68
70
72
210
4,105.69
18 Cormac Sharvin (ECT)
-6
68
70
72
210
4,105.69
18 Borja Virto (ECT)
-6
71
67
72
210
4,105.69
25 Rafael Gomez (EST)
-5
67
76
68
211
3,191.20
25 Ursula Wikstrom (LET)
-5
74
69
68
211
3,191.20
25 Caroline Hedwall (LET)
-5
72
70
69
211
3,191.20
25 Marianne Skarpnord (LET)
-5
69
72
70
211
3,191.20
25 Emily Kristine Pedersen (LET)
-5
74
67
70
211
3,191.20
30 Cesar Monasterio (EST)
-4
75
68
69
212
2,813.25
30 Richard Green (ECT)
-4
73
70
69
212
2,813.25
30 Barry Lane (EST)
-4
67
74
71
212
2,813.25
33 Clark Dennis (EST)
-3
76
68
69
213
2,276.90
33 David Shacklady (EST)
-3
74
70
69
213
2,276.90
33 Florentyna Parker (LET)
-3
71
72
70
213
2,276.90
33 Darius Van Driel (ECT)
-3
71
72
70
213
2,276.90
33 Hugues Joannes (ECT)
-3
69
73
71
213
2,276.90
33 Markus Brier (EST)
-3
70
72
71
213
2,276.90
33 Miguel Angel Martin (EST)
-3
67
74
72
213
2,276.90
33 Lasse Jensen (ECT)
-3
70
71
72
213
2,276.90
33 Marc Farry (EST)
-3
71
70
72
213
2,276.90
33 Mauricio Molina (EST)
-3
70
71
72
213
2,276.90
33 Christine Wolf (LET)
-3
70
71
72
213
2,276.90
44 Duncan Stewart (ECT)
-2
70
74
70
214
1,754.39
44 Emilio Cuartero Blanco (ECT)
-2
74
69
71
214
1,754.39
44 Kanyalak Preedasuttijit (LET)
-2
70
73
71
214
1,754.39
44 Gary Evans (EST)
-2
68
75
71
214
1,754.39
48 Ewen Ferguson (ECT)
-1
68
76
71
215
1,415.83
48 Olivia Cowan (LET)
-1
72
71
72
215
1,415.83
48 Jonathan Lomas (EST)
-1
70
73
72
215
1,415.83
48 Noemi Jimenez Martin (LET)
-1
73
68
74
215
1,415.83
48 Isabelle Boineau (LET)
-1
70
71
74
215
1,415.83
48 Julia Engstrom (LET)
-1
69
70
76
215
1,415.83
54 Noora Komulainen (LET)
Par
72
72
72
216
1,164.84
54 Gabriella Cowley (LET)
Par
70
73
73
216
1,164.84
54 Glenn Joyner (EST)
Par
70
73
73
216
1,164.84
57 Andre Bossert (EST)
1
72
72
73
217
982.95
57 Emilie Paltrinieri (LET) (a)
1
70
74
73
217
Amateur
57 Paul Maddy (ECT)
1
70
73
74
217
982.95
57 Philip Golding (EST)
1
71
71
75
217
982.95
57 Magnus Atlevi (EST)
1
71
70
76
217
982.95
62 Chris Hanson (ECT)
2
73
71
74
218
857.47
62 Silvia Banon (LET)
2
74
69
75
218
857.47
64 Camilla Lennarth (LET)
4
68
76
76
220
787.47
64 Jonathan Cheetham (EST)
4
74
70
76
220
787.47
66 Trish Johnson (LET)
5
71
73
77
221
734.97
CUT
67 Carl Suneson (EST)
1
72
73
145
67 Henric Sturehed (ECT)
1
67
78
145
67 David Boote (ECT)
1
72
73
145
67 Steven Tiley (ECT)
1
74
71
145
67 Carly Booth (LET)
1
70
75
145
67 Sebastien Gros (ECT)
1
74
71
145
67 Max Orrin (ECT)
1
72
73
145
67 Felicity Johnson (LET)
1
72
73
145
67 Gary Wolstenholme (EST)
1
73
72
145
76 Tonje Daffinrud (LET)
2
73
73
146
76 Cajsa Persson (LET)
2
76
70
146
76 Steen Tinning (EST)
2
73
73
146
76 Lynn Carlsson (LET)
2
76
70
146
76 Mark Mouland (EST)
2
75
71
146
76 Jose Manuel Carriles (EST)
2
74
72
146
76 Christian Gloet (ECT)
2
76
70
146
76 Bryce Easton (ECT)
2
71
75
146
76 Mark Davis (EST)
2
73
73
146
85 Tim Spence (EST)
3
73
74
147
85 Diksha Dagar (LET)
3
77
70
147
85 James Kingston (EST)
3
78
69
147
85 Hannah Burke (LET)
3
73
74
147
85 Paul Eales (EST)
3
77
70
147
85 Camille Chevalier (LET)
3
74
73
147
85 Karolin Lampert (LET)
3
75
72
147
92 Scott Fernandez (ECT)
4
70
78
148
92 Steven Kelbrick (EST) (a)
4
73
75
148
Amateur
92 Astrid Vayson De Pradenne (LET
4
74
74
148
92 Simon Brown (EST)
4
75
73
148
92 Kylie Henry (LET)
4
74
74
148
92 Linda Wessberg (LET)
4
72
76
148
98 Beth Allen (LET)
5
75
74
149
98 Jarmo Sandelin (EST)
5
75
74
149
98 Craig Ross (ECT)
5
74
75
149
98 Peter Wilson (EST)
5
72
77
149
102 Malcolm Mackenzie (EST)
6
72
78
150
102 Manon Molle (LET)
6
71
79
150
102 Philipp Mejow (ECT)
6
76
74
150
105 Lydia Hall (LET)
7
74
77
151
105 Jose-Filipe Lima (ECT)
7
74
77
151
105 Maha Haddioui (LET)
7
76
75
151
108 Shergo Al Kurdi (ECT) (a)
8
74
78
152
Amateur
108 Adrian Meronk (ECT)
8
72
80
152
108 Jean Pierre Sallat (EST)
8
76
76
152
111 Carmen Alonso (LET)
9
79
74
153
111 Chris Berardo (ECT)
9
77
76
153
111 Charlotte Leathem (LET)
9
73
80
153
114 Georgia Coughlin (LET)
10
73
81
154
114 Brendan McGovern (EST)
10
82
72
154
114 Lina Boqvist (LET)
10
81
73
154
114 Robin Dawson (ECT)
10
75
79
154
118 James Murphy (EST)
11
79
76
155
118 Othman Almulla (ECT)
11
78
77
155
120 Mark Wharton (EST)
12
75
81
156
120 Nick Mitchell (EST)
12
79
77
156
120 Mark McNeilly (EST)
14
75
83
158
123 Kelsey Macdonald (LET)
15
79
80
159