British Masters 2021: Form stats ahead of Wednesday's opening round at The Belfry

The Belfry hosts this week's British Masters
The Belfry's Brabazon course is one of England's most iconic golfing venues

The European Tour travels to the Heart of England for this week's tournament on the outskirts of Birmingham. Words and stats by Andy Swales...

"Nine top-100 ranked golfers are in the field, including Andy Sullivan and Sam Horsfield. Both enjoyed victories during UK-based tournaments last summer. Sullivan triumphed at Hanbury Manor, while Horsfield won events at the Forest of Arden and Celtic Manor."

The European Tour makes the first of its 10 scheduled visits to the British Isles this season, by teeing-up a few miles north of Birmingham.

After months travelling around the Middle East, Africa, United States, central Europe and the Canary Islands, the Tour journeys north for this week's British Masters in Sutton Coldfield.

With mid-summer's day a little over one month away, the players have arrived at The Belfry, one of England's most famous golfing venues.

Starting Wednesday, and hosted by 2016 US Masters champion Danny Willett, the tournament will be staged over the club's Brabazon's Course which opened for business during the mid-1970s.

The Brabazon was designed by two of Great Britain's best-known golfers of the 1950s and 1960s - Dave Thomas and Peter Alliss.

Thomas, who died in 2013, was twice runner-up in The Open, while the recently-deceased Alliss went on to become one of golf's leading TV commentators.

Both represented their country in the Ryder Cup, and it was this biennial contest which helped to cement The Brabazon's place in golfing history, by hosting the match four times between 1985 and 2002.

It has also staged 17 European Tour events since 1979, the most recent of these being last year's ISPS Handa UK Championship.

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This was The Belfry's first important tournament for 12 years and was won by Danish teenager Rasmus Hojgaard, who has since turned 20.

This Heart of England course is typically parkland in nature, flat, well bunkered, and has water in play on half of its holes.

The layout, which last welcomed the European Tour in August 2020, is certainly no pushover, demanding good course management skills, plus the ability to accurately read The Brabazon's numerous undulating putting surfaces.

'Top seed'

Scot Robert MacIntyre, the world No 45, is the highest ranked player teeing-up in this week's event which starts on Wednesday.

The 24-year-old from Oban makes his first European Tour start since February, after competing in six tournaments Stateside during March and April - which included a tie-for-12th at Augusta.

Nine top-100 ranked golfers are in the field, including Andy Sullivan and Sam Horsfield. Both enjoyed victories during UK-based tournaments last summer.

Midlander Sullivan triumphed at Hanbury Manor in Hertfordshire, while Manchester-born and American-raised Horsfield won events at the Forest of Arden in Birmingham and Celtic Manor, Newport.

Horsfield's most recent four starts on the European Tour have yielded finishes of 4th-15th-3rd-8th.

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Among the other top-100 ranked pros are Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Germany's Martin Kaymer, both of whom posted T-10s at The Belfry last year.

In-form Dean Burmester tees-up again hoping to continue South Africa's current domination of European Tour titles, while Maximilian Kieffer and Connor Syme chase maiden victories.

Kieffer has been runner-up four times, including twice during April, while Syme has registered a brace of top-12 finishes during the last three weeks. Both will be making their Belfry debuts this coming week.

And what chance Nicolai Hojgaard of following in his twin brother's footsteps this Saturday and making it a family double over The Brabazon?

The 20-year-old Dane has posted two top-10s this season, with a best-ever Tour finish of second at the 2019 KLM Open. He tied-fourth on Sunday in Tenerife.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Last 10 Weeks / The Belfry (2020)

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W19 W18 W17 W16 W15 W14 W13 W12 W11 W10
Robert MacIntyre 59 12 9 MC 36
Bernd Wiesberger 40 MC 42 MC 31
Andy Sullivan 71 42 19
Sam Horsfield MC 4 15 3 8
Martin Kaymer 3 MC
Danny Willett MC 8 18 MC MC 8 31
Dean Burmester 4 1 38 MC MC 8 Wd 2
Thomas Detry 71 13 9
Sami Valimaki 27 22
Rasmus Hojgaard MC MC 12 MC
Jazz Janewattananond 2 MC 50 57
Matthias Schwab 33 8 7 7 52 71
Jason Scrivener
Laurie Canter 40 48 MC
Adri Arnaus 4 8 62 MC Wd
Justin Harding 38 12 15 MC 14 Won MC
Calum Hill 12 MC 29 3 8 MC
Jamie Donaldson 12 15 Wd 16 5
Joachim B Hansen 22 7 41 9
Romain Langasque 66 MC 45 30 5 50
Callum Shinkwin 63 68 28
Mike Lorenzo-Vera 51 MC 62
Renato Paratore Wd MC 12 MC
Marc Warren Wd
Jorge Campillo 61 MC MC MC MC 28
Wade Ormsby MC
Adrian Meronk MC 3 15 56 MC 47 MC
Guido Migliozzi MC 33 15 MC 12 2
Maximilian Kieffer MC 2 2 48 33 50
Adrian Otaegui 34 60 MC 42 24 MC
Marcus Armitage MC 45 4 10 MC 47
Connor Syme 12 MC 5 MC 3 62
Benjamin Hebert MC MC 33 70 58
Sean Crocker MC 18 56 47 35
Masahiro Kawamura 23 28 MC 33 14 MC MC
Wil Besseling 29 4 48 MC 47
Chris Paisley MC MC MC 7
Maverick Antcliff 2 42 21 53 48 MC 19
Eddie Pepperell 12 33 MC 64
Min Woo Lee
Paul Waring MC 28 52
Joakim Lagergren MC 18 MC MC MC 42
Jeff Winther MC 3 28 14
Richard Bland 27 MC 8 MC MC 52 MC
Scott Jamieson 22 38 MC 42
Francesco Laporta 27 33 62 MC 47 72
Andrew Johnston 4 42 62
Mikko Korhonen 56 MC
Gavin Green MC MC 41 MC
Jordan Smith 33 56 MC 47 19
Matthew Jordan 66 56 MC MC Wd
Sebastian Soderberg 56 56 MC 26 MC MC
Matthew Southgate 20 MC MC MC 70 MC
Steven Brown MC 30 MC 68
Pep Angles 70 33 29 33 MC 8
Sebastian Heisele 9 MC 45 MC MC
Robert Rock 50
Fabrizio Zanotti 27 MC 56 22 14
Dave Horsey MC MC Wd
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 8 MC MC 14 4 MC
Ross Fisher 56 MC 47 MC
Niklas Lemke Wd 14 33 9
Hao Tong Li Wd MC
Alexander Bjork 12 21 MC 19
Pablo Larrazabal 12 MC MC
Victor Dubuisson 61 MC 21 7 16
Justin Walters 51 48 52 21 12 35
Johannes Veerman 45 MC MC MC 16 14
Jack Senior 34 MC 8 MC 48 28 35
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 2 24 38
Ashun Wu MC 48 21 33
Alexander Levy MC 42 MC MC MC 50
Dale Whitnell 56 54 MC 15 38 41 28
Richard Mansell 12 42 56 28 MC MC
Ross McGowan MC MC 73 MC MC
Oliver Farr MC 69 MC MC MC MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 12 5
Grant Forrest 23 33 MC 61 MC 33 19
Darius Van Driel MC 63 8 56 10 52 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar 38 MC MC 42 16 2
Louis De Jager 12 12 71 MC 20 33 42 27
Andrea Pavan MC MC MC
Adrien Saddier MC MC 33 MC MC MC
Yikeun Chang MC 6 MC MC MC MC 19
Marcel Schneider MC 33 8 53 MC 28
Scott Hend 51 8 42 16 MC
Joel Stalter 61 MC MC MC MC MC
Richie Ramsay 23 22 29 42 47 58
Matthieu Pavon 27 63 8 MC 38 MC 35
David Drysdale Wd MC 61 5 MC 28
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 12 22 MC MC 30 65 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard 4 74 15 7 MC MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC 42 21 MC 57 MC MC
Tapio Pulkkanen 3 72 MC MC MC MC
Shubhankar Sharma 69 MC MC 61 30 MC 28
Rhys Enoch 23 69 38 MC 20 MC 47 Won
Lorenzo Gagli MC MC 15 MC 52 28
Matt Ford MC 69 69 MC MC 52
James Morrison 48 56 70 28 MC MC
Zander Lombard 20 42 45 24 MC Wd MC MC
Aaron Cockerill 34 48 29 MC 28 52 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 74 MC MC MC
Cormac Sharvin MC MC MC 28 48 MC 64
Garrick Porteous 40 MC 29 15 38 16 MC
Robin Roussel MC MC 29 MC MC MC MC
Julien Guerrier 40 MC 38 45 48 62
Bernd Ritthammer 20 MC 33 MC 33 MC
Rikard Karlberg MC MC 47 MC 65 MC
Stephen Gallacher MC
Alejandro Del Rey 9 MC 21 24
Nacho Elvira MC MC MC MC 68
Soren Kjeldsen 71 61 69 47 MC
Alejandro Canizares MC 28 38 7 20 MC 58
Lars Van Meijel 66 72 29 MC 48 65 14
Clement Sordet MC MC 21 MC 48 MC MC
Julian Suri 27 60 MC 67 66 MC 50
SSP Chawrasia 61 MC MC 15 MC MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC 71 MC 57 MC MC
Pedro Oriol MC 6 MC 33
Niall Kearney 4 60 21
Sihwan Kim 45 18 45 47 57 MC MC
Ashley Chesters MC 62 33 14 52 42
Edoardo Molinari 45 28 MC MC MC MC MC
Dave Coupland 51 MC MC MC 63 MC 62
David Dixon
Oliver Fisher 12 MC MC MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy MC MC MC 33 MC 28 5
Toby Tree MC 69 MC MC 30 65 58
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC 28 5 MC
Gregory Havret MC 45 70 MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano MC MC MC 45 14 MC 50
Ricardo Santos 40 MC MC 28 67 33 35
Haydn Porteous MC 63 MC MC MC 73 MC
Oliver Wilson 75 75 52 MC 33 MC
Jake McLeod MC 75 MC MC 26 MC 16
Josh Geary
Benjamin Poke MC MC 29 73 MC 41 MC
Alvaro Quiros 61 MC MC MC MC MC
Ben Evans 63 45 MC 57 41
Carlos Pigem 75 MC MC MC MC MC MC
Lee Slattery MC MC Wd 20 76 MC
Max Schmitt 77 MC 62 33 MC MC
Steven Tiley MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg MC 54
Pedro Figueiredo 40 MC MC MC MC MC 50
Berry Henson MC MC 62 56 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 63 MC 52 35
Graeme Storm
Chris Wood MC MC 21 64
Michael Bullen
Paul Dunne 45 MC MC 33 MC
Bradley Dredge
Janne Kaske 56 MC MC MC 19
David Law MC MC MC MC MC 35
David Howell MC MC MC 48 MC MC
Thomas Bjorn
Tom Gandy 27 MC MC MC
Liam Robinson
Colm Moriarty
Jason Levermore
Player 2020
Robert MacIntyre
Bernd Wiesberger 5
Andy Sullivan 9
Sam Horsfield
Martin Kaymer 3
Danny Willett MC
Dean Burmester 31
Thomas Detry
Sami Valimaki
Rasmus Hojgaard 1
Jazz Janewattananond
Matthias Schwab 46
Jason Scrivener
Laurie Canter 13
Adri Arnaus
Justin Harding
Calum Hill 9
Jamie Donaldson
Joachim B Hansen 25
Romain Langasque MC
Callum Shinkwin MC
Mike Lorenzo-Vera
Renato Paratore
Marc Warren 39
Jorge Campillo 7
Wade Ormsby 25
Adrian Meronk
Guido Migliozzi
Maximilian Kieffer
Adrian Otaegui
Marcus Armitage 7
Connor Syme
Benjamin Hebert 3
Sean Crocker
Masahiro Kawamura 47
Wil Besseling MC
Chris Paisley MC
Maverick Antcliff MC
Eddie Pepperell Wd
Min Woo Lee 11
Paul Waring 19
Joakim Lagergren MC
Jeff Winther 47
Richard Bland 19
Scott Jamieson
Francesco Laporta
Andrew Johnston
Mikko Korhonen
Gavin Green MC
Jordan Smith MC
Matthew Jordan 19
Sebastian Soderberg
Matthew Southgate MC
Steven Brown MC
Pep Angles
Sebastian Heisele
Robert Rock MC
Fabrizio Zanotti
Dave Horsey 51
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC
Ross Fisher 39
Niklas Lemke
Hao Tong Li 31
Alexander Bjork
Pablo Larrazabal MC
Victor Dubuisson
Justin Walters 2
Johannes Veerman
Jack Senior 28
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
Ashun Wu
Alexander Levy MC
Dale Whitnell MC
Richard Mansell
Ross McGowan 55
Oliver Farr MC
Thorbjorn Olesen 17
Grant Forrest
Darius Van Driel 11
Gaganjeet Bhullar
Louis De Jager MC
Andrea Pavan
Adrien Saddier MC
Yikeun Chang
Marcel Schneider MC
Scott Hend MC
Joel Stalter
Richie Ramsay 31
Matthieu Pavon 64
David Drysdale Ret
Robin Sciot-Siegrist
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Jonathan Caldwell 39
Tapio Pulkkanen MC
Shubhankar Sharma MC
Rhys Enoch 55
Lorenzo Gagli
Matt Ford
James Morrison 39
Zander Lombard Wd
Aaron Cockerill 19
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Cormac Sharvin
Garrick Porteous MC
Robin Roussel
Julien Guerrier MC
Bernd Ritthammer
Rikard Karlberg
Stephen Gallacher 51
Alejandro Del Rey
Nacho Elvira
Soren Kjeldsen 39
Alejandro Canizares MC
Lars Van Meijel
Clement Sordet
Julian Suri 39
SSP Chawrasia
Lucas Bjerregaard 58
Pedro Oriol
Niall Kearney
Sihwan Kim MC
Ashley Chesters MC
Edoardo Molinari MC
Dave Coupland 28
David Dixon 55
Oliver Fisher Wd
Richard McEvoy MC
Toby Tree MC
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet
Gregory Havret MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Ricardo Santos
Haydn Porteous MC
Oliver Wilson
Jake McLeod 31
Josh Geary
Benjamin Poke MC
Alvaro Quiros
Ben Evans 15
Carlos Pigem
Lee Slattery 58
Max Schmitt MC
Steven Tiley 39
Kristoffer Broberg
Pedro Figueiredo
Berry Henson
Raphael Jacquelin 62
Graeme Storm 31
Chris Wood
Michael Bullen
Paul Dunne MC
Bradley Dredge
Janne Kaske MC
David Law MC
David Howell MC
Thomas Bjorn 31
Tom Gandy 51
Liam Robinson
Colm Moriarty
Jason Levermore

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