KPMG Trophy R4

Life changing victory for Whitnell

August 29 – September 01
Millennium Golf, Paal, Beringen, Belgium
€185,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Dale Whitnell overcame “ten long years” as a professional golfer and a two-hole play-off against Laurie Canter to emerge victorious at the KPMG Trophy.

KPMG Trophy R4 - Life changing victory for Whitnell
Credit: European Tour

The Englishman began the final round three back of the lead, but birdied half of Millennium Golf and made only one bogey to card an eight under par 63 and post the 23 under par target.

Playing in the final group, his fellow countryman Canter eagled the 72nd hole to send the tournament to a play-off, and after both players birdied the first extra hole, they played the 18th once more.

For a sixth time this week, Whitnell birdied the par five and sealed victory when Canter failed to make an up and down after hitting it through the green in two.

“It changes my life completely,” an emotional Whitnell said. “I’ve been pro for ten years, it’s been very tough but finally I’ve done it. “I’m speechless to be honest, it’s been a long ten years. Finally.”


“I had been playing good coming up to this week. I struggled the first day a little bit, but the second day I shot seven under and played great, and then shot seven under the third day.

“Today I thought, right, I’ll just go and enjoy myself and try to pick away a few holes where there are opportunities. I managed my game really well, which was quite important.”

The win brings an enormous bounty for the 31-year-old, who had been battling just to get starts on the European Challenge Tour. Despite limited playing opportunities this season, he will move from 53rd to 17th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings and now finds himself staring down a European Tour card.

“I’ve played seven events on the Challenge Tour this season and this obviously sorts me out for the rest of the year, which is what I wanted to do, so I’m really pleased.”

For Canter, the result in Belgium is bittersweet. He came close to earning his first Challenge Tour win, but the runner-up finish will bolster his campaign as he now moves to 37th on the Road to Mallorca Rankings.

Home favourite Christopher Mivis collected the low-Belgian honours at the KPMG Trophy as he finished in a tied for 15th place on 16 under par at Millennium Golf, the course he grew up playing with Belgian star Thomas Pieters.


Bryce Easton also used the KPMG Trophy to make a big move on the Road to Mallorca Rankings. The South African began the week in the 25th position, but by finishing in a share of eighth and recording his fifth top 15 showing this season, he rises to the 16th spot—one place shy of a European Tour card with eight tournaments remaining.

The Challenge Tour will now return to France for a third time this year for next week’s Open de Bretagne at Golf Bluegreen de Pléneuf Val André, which runs from September 5-8.

As for Whitnell, when asked how his family would react to his win, he said: “They’ll all be cheering me on, my Mum and Dad. I’m speechless. It’s amazing.”



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KPMG Trophy R3

Tours
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
WHITNELL, Dale
-23
70
64
64
63
261
2
CANTER, Laurie
-23
65
67
63
66
261
3
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
-22
64
68
67
63
262
SENIOR, Jack
-22
63
66
67
66
262
5
KÖLBING, Jonas
-21
66
68
66
63
263
MANSELL, Richard
-21
66
65
64
68
263
7
KUNZENBACHER, Julian
-20
67
65
66
66
264
8
EASTON, Bryce
-19
64
67
65
69
265
McGOWAN, Ross
-19
64
66
65
70
265
10
SIMONSEN, Martin
-18
69
65
68
64
266
STOW, Ben
-18
64
67
70
65
266
POKE, Benjamin
-18
68
67
66
65
266
13
SANTOS SILVA, Tomas
-17
69
66
67
65
267
HEISELE, Sebastian
-17
61
69
69
68
267
15
LACROIX, Frederic
-16
67
66
69
66
268
MIVIS, Christopher
-16
67
67
68
66
268
HIGGO, Garrick
-16
72
65
65
66
268
ROUSSEL, Robin
-16
62
73
65
68
268
HUIZING, Daan
-16
65
69
66
68
268
GARCIA RODRIGUEZ, Sebastian
-16
64
69
64
71
268
21
DEL VAL, Samuel
-15
68
66
68
67
269
HENRY, Scott
-15
66
69
68
66
269
MATUS, Stanislav
-15
68
68
68
65
269
BERARDO, Clément
-15
68
68
65
68
269
OLSEN, Aksel
-15
67
67
71
64
269
BENSON, Seve
-15
67
70
67
65
269
BAEK, Peter Launer
-15
67
69
64
69
269
28
MCBRIDE, Paul
-14
68
65
70
67
270
LAMPERT, Moritz
-14
69
66
67
68
270
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
-14
65
72
65
68
270
ANGLES, Pep
-14
70
66
68
66
270
PIGEM, Carlos
-14
69
65
67
69
270
MERONK, Adrian
-14
72
65
67
66
270
KAKKO, Roope
-14
70
67
68
65
270
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
-14
66
68
64
72
270
GLENNEMO, Jacob
-14
70
67
69
64
270
37
BESSELING, Wil
-13
66
71
66
68
271
SIEM, Marcel
-13
65
69
68
69
271
BOOTE, David
-13
68
68
67
68
271
VEYRET, Victor
-13
65
71
67
68
271
SANTOS, Ricardo
-13
66
69
69
67
271
KIM, Minkyu
-13
68
65
68
70
271
GEYGER, Nico
-13
71
64
66
70
271
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
-13
64
69
66
72
271
QUESNE, Julien
-13
67
68
63
73
271
46
LINARD, Thomas
-12
67
68
68
69
272
PERRIER, Damien
-12
71
64
67
70
272
HIDALGO, Angel
-12
66
70
68
68
272
FRITSCH, Florian
-12
68
69
67
68
272
SJÖHOLM, Joel
-12
65
72
67
68
272
ORRIN, Max
-12
68
67
70
67
272
KARLBERG, Rikard
-12
70
67
68
67
272
53
MRUZEK, Filip
-11
63
68
72
70
273
FOOS, Dominic
-11
69
66
68
70
273
GANE, Chris
-11
66
69
68
70
273
KO (AM), Jeong weon
-11
68
65
71
69
273
KRISTJANSSON, Gudmundur
-11
63
73
68
69
273
58
DAWSON, Robin
-10
65
68
68
73
274
GROS, Sébastien
-10
69
67
70
68
274
EDBERG, Pelle
-10
68
67
72
67
274
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
-10
67
67
64
76
274
62
TINNING, Nicolai
-9
69
67
67
72
275
CLEMENTS, Todd
-9
69
66
66
74
275
BALDWIN, Matthew
-9
68
69
69
69
275
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
-9
68
68
72
67
275
66
FERNANDEZ, Scott
-8
65
70
67
74
276
LOPES, Vitor
-8
66
69
71
70
276
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
-8
69
68
71
68
276
69
FREIBURGHAUS, Jeremy
-7
64
70
72
71
277
70
ROSS, Craig
-5
69
67
74
69
279
71
DE WOUTERS (AM), Jean
-3
67
70
74
70
281
72
EROFEJEFF, Peter
-2
68
68
74
72
282
BEKKER, Oliver
-2
70
67
74
71
282
74
WIEGELE, Martin
4
66
71
81
70
288
75
BOURDY, Grégory
SARACINO, Andrea
-4
67
71
138
STUREHED, Henric
-4
72
66
138
FARR, Oliver
-4
69
69
138
TILEY, Steven
-4
69
69
138
ARMITAGE, Marcus
-4
69
69
138
COUPLAND, Dave
-4
68
70
138
MAZZOLI, Stefano
-4
68
70
138
JOHANSSON, Niclas
-4
74
64
138
BRUN, Julien
-4
69
69
138
COHEN, Perry
-4
70
68
138
FENASSE, Mathieu
-4
67
71
138
GEARY, Josh
-4
69
69
138
JOANNES, Hugues
-4
70
68
138
88
MACCARIO, Federico
-3
70
69
139
KORINEK, Ales
-3
69
70
139
BRAEUNIG, Christian
-3
67
72
139
FORD, Matt
-3
70
69
139
ARIZABALETA, Alvaro
-3
69
70
139
WIDEGREN, Pontus
-3
67
72
139
SAHLSTROM, Christopher
-3
71
68
139
ECCLES, Ben
-3
72
67
139
LLOYD, Chris
-3
71
68
139
DEAN, Joe
-3
70
69
139
ELVIRA, Manuel
-3
69
70
139
99
HAVRET, Grégory
-2
67
73
140
FERGUSON, Ewen
-2
68
72
140
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
-2
69
71
140
WRISDALE, Jordan
-2
70
70
140
ITEN, Marco
-2
69
71
140
MADDY, Paul
-2
70
70
140
HESBOIS, Kevin
-2
71
69
140
DE BONDT, Alan
-2
70
70
140
MCLEARY, Jamie
-2
70
70
140
MCCARTHY, Nick
-2
68
72
140
SAXTON, Reinier
-2
70
70
140
110
MEDALE, Franck
-1
70
71
141
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN, Oliver
-1
73
68
141
ABBOTT, Jamie
-1
71
70
141
VAN DOREN, Yente
-1
71
70
141
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
-1
71
70
141
ROZNER, Antoine
-1
67
74
141
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
-1
69
72
141
ROBB, Chris
-1
69
72
141
STAL, Gary
-1
71
70
141
VANHOOTEGEM, Nicolas
-1
71
70
141
CARON, Rowin
-1
72
69
141
121
VAN WEST, Robbie
Par
68
74
142
GRADECKI, Mateusz
Par
71
71
142
YOUNG, Mark
Par
71
71
142
VIRTO, Borja
Par
73
69
142
DECOTTIGNIES-LAFON, Mathieu
Par
70
72
142
HOWIE, Craig
Par
71
71
142
MEJOW, Philipp
Par
73
69
142
GAL, Petr
Par
68
74
142
ZACH, Šimon
Par
70
72
142
NEIL, Bradley
Par
72
70
142
VALASEK, Peter
Par
70
72
142
132
IM, Daniel
1
77
66
143
MANASSERO, Matteo
1
69
74
143
WEYDTS CAESENS, Gaetan
1
71
72
143
SPOONER, Billy
1
72
71
143
LAFEBER, Maarten
1
68
75
143
137
ERIKSSON, Martin
2
70
74
144
COHEN-BOYER, Louis
2
71
73
144
SYME, Connor
2
72
72
144
WATREMEZ, Guillaume
2
70
74
144
141
FORD, Charlie
3
74
71
145
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
3
71
74
145
TOLLENAIRE (AM), Jarno
3
69
76
145
BUIJS, Lars
3
71
74
145
PIAGET, Sandro
3
70
75
145
GASPAR, Miguel
3
73
72
145
147
LEYS, Thibaut
4
74
72
146
148
MOHR, Marcus
5
72
75
147
149
WITTMANN, Sebastian
6
75
73
148
HURLEY, Gary
6
73
75
148
GALAND (AM), Arnaud
6
73
75
148
152
RIU, Victor
7
77
72
149
GRANT, Stephen
7
74
75
149
154
DE SCHUTTER (AM), Anthony
9
80
71
151
155
OLIVIERS (AM), Gaspard
10
75
77
152
156
FENTEN, Michael
11
74
79
153
157
WAHBI (AM), Adem
12
78
76
154
158
KEMALOGLU, Ediz
13
79
76
155