ISPS Handa UK Championship 2020: Your form guide for this week's event at The Belfry

ISPS Handa UK Championship 2020 at The Belfry
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The European Tour departs Wales for England, and the final stop of the six-tournament UK Swing. Words and stats supplied by Andy Swales...

"This well-bunkered layout, with its selection of lakes and streams, demands good course management. Flat and tree-lined, water comes into play on 10 holes, and sometimes spectacularly."

The European Tour is back at The Belfry after a 12-year gap, hosting this week's ISPS Handa UK Championship.

This well-known Midlands venue made its name as the course where Europe enjoyed their first ever victory over the United States in the Ryder Cup.

The Belfry went on to host four of these matches, most recently in 2002, and has been a regular site for many European Tour events.

Located approximately 12 miles north-east of Birmingham city centre, and five miles from Sutton Coldfield, the famed Brabazon Course was designed by two of Great Britain's best-known golfers of the 1950s and 1960s.

Dave Thomas, twice runner-up in The Open, and TV commentator Peter Alliss were joint architects of a course which opened its doors during the mid-1970s.

This well-bunkered layout, with its selection of lakes and streams, demands good course management and this week's event will be the 17th time the course has been part of the European Tour schedule - the first was in 1979.

Flat and tree-lined, water comes into play on 10 holes, and sometimes spectacularly.

Best field since lockdown ended

The UK Championship marks the end of the six-tournament UK Swing, before the Tour heads to the continent for three events on the Iberian Peninsula.

It will then return to the UK once again for three prestigious outings in Ireland, Scotland and England.

And possibly, because the US Open is less than one month away, the field at The Belfry is marginally stronger than it has been for any of the events staged on the European Tour since lockdown came to an end in early July.

Course history

The vast majority of those teeing-up in Thursday's opening round have never competed over the Brabazon before.

Lee Westwood was champion there in 2007, before losing a play-off 12 months later, and will also have fond memories of being part of Europe's winning Ryder Cup team 18 years ago.

Of those teeing-up, the only other two members of the world's top 200 to have posted a top-10 at The Belfry are Ross Fisher and Pablo Larrazabal.

Further down the list Stephen Gallacher and Soren Kjeldsen, who are both now 45, have also had T-10 finishes at the course.

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Chances are, this week's champion is more than likely to be making his Belfry debut.

After two weeks' rest, teenage Dane Rasmus Hojgaard returns to action having booked his spot at September's US Open thanks to three successive top-six finishes during the UK Swing.

Another Brabazon debutant is in-form Andy Sullivan, winner recently at Hanbury Manor and who was born around 25 miles from this week's course.

Danny Willett, Matt Wallace, Victor Perez and Matthias Schwab are back in Europe having competed in much stronger fields on the PGA Tour during recent weeks, while Hao Tong Li and Jorge Campillo should be fully acclimatised to British conditions. Both Li and Campillo tied eighth at Celtic Manor on Sunday.

As for outsiders, England's Callum Shinkwin is on a decent run with back-to-back top-12 finishes in Wales, where Malaysia's Gavin Green followed a T-11 with T-8.

Green continues to impress in the Strokes Gained categories, while Swede Marcus Kinhult enjoyed some better form in Newport last week.

Please note: Finn Sami Valimaki is no longer named in the entry list on the European Tour website.

The only players listed in the course form datasheet are those who have competed at The Belfry previously.

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W34 W33 W32 W31 W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25
Bernd Wiesberger 43 74 26 MC
Lee Westwood 34 70
Danny Willett MC MC 69 32 4 MC MC
Matt Wallace MC 77 59 4 39 12 MC 64
Victor Perez 22 65 MC MC
Thomas Pieters 15 3
Matthias Schwab 42 MC 3 32 MC
Paul Waring
Romain Langasque 1 26 57 53
Andy Sullivan 47 1 41 4
Rasmus Hojgaard 3 6 2
Eddie Pepperell MC Wd 47
Hao Tong Li 8 17 75 MC
Jorge Campillo 8 MC MC
Benjamin Hebert MC 34
Marcus Kinhult 15 MC 38 14
Martin Kaymer MC MC
Min Woo Lee MC 72 6 MC MC
JC Ritchie MC MC MC
Sami Valimaki 2 6 MC MC MC
Ryan Fox 15 57 19 15 8
Gavin Green 8 11 MC
Wade Ormsby
Jordan Smith 27 22 14 MC 35
Scott Vincent 68 22 9 MC 60 18 25
Andrew Johnston 37 3 19 Wd
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC MC MC
Calum Hill 8 39 MC 26
Dean Burmester 21 47 6 MC MC
Brandon Stone 27 MC 6 MC 68
Ross Fisher MC 27 MC 22 MC
Pablo Larrazabal 70 65 51 21
Jack Senior 63 22 44 MC 21
Matthew Southgate 73 27 61 22 35
Matthew Jordan 3 47 MC MC 17
Kalle Samooja 65 34 MC
Antoine Rozner MC 26 10 60 44
Nicolas Colsaerts 53 63 9 MC MC
John Catlin MC 6 51 43 8
Chris Paisley 27 MC 19 3 MC
Wil Besseling 53 11 63 34 MC 3
Aaron Rai 44 31 44 10 21
Thorbjorn Olesen 66 34 MC
Zander Lombard 53 MC MC MC MC
Darius Van Driel 44 MC 51 MC 4
Steven Brown 31 5 65 MC
Joakim Lagergren Re 26
Jeff Winther MC MC 14
Masahiro Kawamura 37 MC MC MC MC
Joachim B Hansen MC 53 28 47
Richie Ramsay 44 MC 34 22 38
Oliver Farr MC 39 MC 3 MC
Louis De Jager 15 63 14 51 MC
Maverick Antcliff 31 MC 67 MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia 27 Dq MC 10 MC 4
Matthieu Pavon MC 6 26
Richard Bland MC 56 22 38
Joel Sjoholm MC 57 MC 22 MC MC 44
Scott Hend 39 44 MC MC
Julian Suri MC 66 MC MC MC
Oscar Lengden 53 47 19 13 8 5
David Drysdale 56 MC MC
Robert Rock 37 15 4
Shubhankar Sharma MC 63 MC MC
Callum Shinkwin 8 11 71 28 MC
Adrien Saddier 44 MC MC MC 18
Marc Warren 39 34 MC MC 1
Jake McLeod 44 14 MC MC 67
Dale Whitnell 27 31 MC 51 4
Jack Singh Brar MC 17
Wilco Nienaber MC 22 4
Marcus Armitage 27 MC 14 15 MC
Rhys Enoch MC 31 68 57 MC MC MC
Bryce Easton MC MC 56 MC MC
Justin Walters MC 39 MC MC MC
Ewen Ferguson MC 19 MC MC MC MC
Edoardo Molinari 27 47 MC MC
Philip Eriksson MC 13 8 35
Jacques Kruyswijk MC 14 MC
Marcel Schneider MC 53 57 63 2
Sihwan Kim 63 47 44 47 MC
Tapio Pulkkanen MC 63 63 MC MC
Ben Stow 73 26 34 10 MC
Oliver Fisher 76 MC 26 MC 7
Jbe Kruger MC MC
Ashley Chesters 68 39 MC 28 14
Stephen Gallacher MC MC
Hugo Leon
Zach Murray MC MC
Alexander Levy 47 MC
Nicolai Hojgaard MC MC 26 MC MC MC 44
Dave Horsey 6 MC 34 14
Haydn Porteous Wd MC MC MC 69 Wd
Soren Kjeldsen 62 MC 41 MC
Gregory Havret 38
Ross McGowan MC 70 MC MC Wd MC
Damien Perrier 53 57 MC 9 MC
Lorenzo Scalise 27 MC MC MC MC 72
Jonathan Caldwell 76 47 MC MC 8
Benjamin Poke MC MC MC 41 47
Daan Huizing 21 MC MC 29 MC 25
Dave Coupland MC 9 15 53
Laurie Canter 5 MC 34 10 29
Paul Dunne 73 MC MC 38
David Law 37 71 MC 38
James Morrison 5 27 MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares MC MC 44 MC MC
Romain Wattel 44
Steven Tiley 63 MC MC 65 MC MC
Hurly Long MC 43 34
Mathieu Fenasse 21 MC MC MC
Matthew Baldwin 59 MC MC MC MC 31
Aaron Cockerill 53 14 26 MC 53
Julien Guerrier 56 15 MC
Martin Simonsen MC 47 26 MC 39
Toby Tree 39 44 Wd 29
Liam Johnston 15 MC MC MC
Lee Slattery 68 MC 65 57 53
Craig Howie 21 MC 4
Garrick Porteous MC MC 22 65
Richard McEvoy 63 62 57 MC
Max Schmitt MC MC 28 67
Daniel Young 59 MC
Thomas Bjorn MC MC 69 MC
Ben Evans MC MC MC 51 MC
Marcel Siem 27 43 23
David Dixon 3
Graeme Storm MC MC MC 10
Curtis Knipes
David Howell MC 68 MC MC
Tom Gandy MC MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC
Niall Kearney MC MC
Gareth Davies
Brendan Lawlor
Player `08 `07 `06 `03 `02 `01 `00
Lee Westwood 2 1 MC 27 MC 57 54
Paul Waring MC
Martin Kaymer 21
Wade Ormsby 27
Ross Fisher 7 MC 22
Pablo Larrazabal 10
Nicolas Colsaerts MC MC MC
Richard Bland MC MC 31 46
David Drysdale 30 51 17
Robert Rock MC MC 22 MC
Marc Warren 56 42 MC
Edoardo Molinari MC
Oliver Fisher MC MC MC
Stephen Gallacher MC 63 2 MC MC 42 5
Dave Horsey 66
Soren Kjeldsen 30 4 14 MC 46 52 63
Gregory Havret 70 59 47 MC MC 68
Ross McGowan MC
Alejandro Canizares 10 MC
Lee Slattery MC MC
Richard McEvoy 63
Thomas Bjorn 13 MC 63 MC 51 7 MC
Marcel Siem 69 57 MC 62
David Dixon 30 MC 10
Graeme Storm 30 MC 33
David Howell 16 MC 11 MC 7 MC
Raphael Jacquelin MC 15 MC 37 17 7 38

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