ISPS Handa World Invitational 2021: Form stats for this week's European Tour event in Northern Ireland

Galgorm Castle: A parkland venue approximately 25 miles north of Belfast
Galgorm Castle hosted last year's Irish Open

Course and current form stats as the fifth event of the 'British Isles Swing' takes place in Country Antrim this week. Words and data by Andy Swales...

"One golfer with something to prove is Wil Besseling who has posted four top-20 finishes from his most recent six European Tour outings."

After successive tournaments in Scotland, England and Wales, the European Tour returns to the island of Ireland for this week's ISPS Handa World Invitational.

The seven-week 'British Isles Swing' opened its account at Mount Juliet Estate, County Kilkenny, in early July, and the players now head north of the border to arrive at Galgorm Castle in County Antrim.

However, this week's event will be staged over two courses, and held concurrently with a tournament on the European Ladies Tour.

Galgorm Castle is the host venue, although competitors will also play 18 holes at nearby Massereene Golf Club.

Both events will feature 144 players and have identical pots of prize money.

Over Thursday and Friday, the men and women will play one round at each venue, before the weekend action takes place solely at Galgorm.

A second cut occurs on Saturday evening, ahead of the finale on Sunday. The traditional Friday cut will involve the top-60 players and ties, while the second cut after 54 holes reduces the field to 35 and ties.

Course history

Galgorm made its debut on the European Tour in September of last year when it staged Ireland's national open.

Just three weeks earlier, the same course had hosted an event on the Challenge Tour, with both of these tournaments won by Americans.

Tyler Koivisto triumphed on the Challenge Tour, while John Catlin won the more prestigious Irish Open.

Challenge Tour history

Galgorm Castle in Ballymena has been part of the Challenge Tour rota since 2013.

Designed by Simon Gidman and opened in 1997, this parkland course is laid out close to the rivers of Maine and Braid, and located around 25 miles north of Belfast. The venue has five lakes, with water coming into play on 12 holes.

Meanwhile Massereene, which is also a picturesque parkland course, was built close to the banks of Lough Neagh and is considerably older than Galgorm.

Established in 1895, Massereene has lush tree-lined fairways, smallish greens and is approximately 200 yards shorter than the host course.

Accuracy is likely to hold a greater importance than length this week, as both venues are fairly tight.

On the tee

With world No 85 Andy Sullivan the highest-ranked pro teeing-up, the field for this week's tournament is mediocre at best.

Sullivan has enjoyed a decent run in recent weeks and usually performs well at parkland venues.

Latest odds for this week's tournament at Galgorm Castle

In tournaments such as these, in-form pros who spend most of their time on the Challenge Tour, will fancy a crack at beating run-of-the-mill regulars from the main European Tour.

Spaniard Santiago Tarrio belongs in this category. He's currently ranked 126 in the world, and has enjoyed a fantastic year so far, with two victories and four other top-five finishes since early June.

He also tied-seventh in the Challenge Tour event at Galgorm Castle last year.

Olympic reject

One golfer with something to prove is Wil Besseling, who has posted four top-20 finishes from his most recent six European Tour outings.

The 35-year-old 'qualified' for this week's men's event in Tokyo, but was unable to take his place on the starting line because the Dutch Olympic Committee had set their own qualification standard.

They insisted that golfers who wanted to compete in Japan needed to be ranked inside the world's top 100 by end of qualifying.

Another Dutchman Joost Luiten, who is not playing at either tournament this week, voiced his anger at the rule.

He complained that his own country's Olympic Committee "understand little about golf. It is common for golfers to win tournaments from outside the top 100 in the world."

Finally, Jacques Kruyswijk has played pretty solidly on both the European and Challenge tours this year.

The South African is enjoying a consistent run right now and tied-10th at Celtic Manor on Sunday, so is definitely a strong E/W chance.

Note: The Challenge Tour event at Galgorm Castle in 2017 consisted of 54 holes of strokeplay, with the qualifiers contesting one day of Super Six Matchplay on Sunday. In 2019, one round was played at Massereene. There were two tournaments at Galgorm in 2020 - one on the Challenge Tour (1), the other on the European Tour (2).

Twitter: Andy Swales@GolfStatsAlive

MC* - Missed Additional 54-Hole Cut

Note: List Contains Leading Reserves

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Last 10 Weeks / Galgorm Castle Form

Position

  • 1–5
  • 6–15
  • 16–25
Player W30 W29 W28 W27 W26 W25 W24 W23 W22 W21
Andy Sullivan 26 MC 12 5 40 MC
Justin Harding 2 19 MC 23 5 45 MC
John Catlin 32 MC MC 41 MC MC
Marcus Armitage 53 54 41 MC 1 8
Santiago Tarrio 4 16 5 4 1 3 1 MC 66
Adrian Otaegui MC 26 12 29 2 58 37
Laurie Canter 40 59 MC 29 8
Calum Hill 62 MC* MC 17 29 40
Callum Shinkwin 4 MC MC Wd 59
Masahiro Kawamura 5 59 MC 29 7 29 17
Marc Warren 47 MC 28 76 MC
Connor Syme 18 35 41 MC 18 MC
Maverick Antcliff 40 MC 28 60 MC 11 MC
Jonathan Caldwell MC MC MC 1 MC 31
Wil Besseling 18 17 52 33 18 19
Jordan Smith 47 MC 41
Eddie Pepperell MC MC MC 37
Craig Howie MC 43 16 33 MC 34 22 12
Jacques Kruyswijk 10 35 21 17 MC 25
Nacho Elvira 1 MC MC 55 MC MC MC
Matthew Jordan MC 18 12 17 65 MC
Jack Senior MC 67 10 61 MC 70 18 MC
Francesco Laporta 71 4 MC 69 MC MC
Chase Hanna 6 6 MC MC 2 7 6 MC 35
Scott Jamieson MC 67 MC 18 MC
Dale Whitnell MC MC 4 42 MC 11 19
Pep Angles Wd 18 MC MC
Scott Hend 64 44 MC 26 4 MC MC
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC MC 62 37 MC 19
Steven Brown 47 69 41 42 37 MC 40
Darius Van Driel 54 17 68 MC 2 MC
Hennie Du Plessis MC MC 11 29
Grant Forrest 73 4 55
Bryden MacPherson 47
James Morrison 40 MC 17 42 4 MC MC
Richard Mansell 32 74 37 MC MC
JaydenTreySchaper MC 56 MC 43 MC MC
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen MC 75 MC MC
David Horsey MC MC MC 52 MC 25 31
Alexander Levy 52 26 65 MC MC 71
David Drysdale 32 MC MC MC 10 45 MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC MC 66 MC
Josh Geary MC 11 2 29 MC 60 6 12
Adrien Saddier MC MC 17 MC MC
Ryan Lumsden MC MC 34 MC
Blake Windred 44 11 56 53 2 18 50 35 35
Oliver Farr 14 59 23 MC 61 MC 68
Alejandro Del Rey MC MC MC 6 62 11 59
Nicolai Hojgaard 14 42 MC 45 40
Joel Stalter 44 MC MC MC MC
Yikeun Chang MC 67 52 70
Shubhankar Sharma 32 MC 56 MC MC 8
Rhys Enoch MC MC 14 29 MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC 9 2 MC 36 57 29 68 12
Hugo Leon 14 2 38 MC 13 MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist MC MC MC MC MC
Julien Guerrier 40 MC* 51 42 MC 15
Dave Coupland MC 61 MC MC
Daniel Gavins 9 8 21 42 15 6 26 10
Niall Kearney 40 MC 12 MC MC
Matt Ford MC MC Wd MC
Matthew Baldwin MC Wd 9 26 MC Wd 18 18
Bernd Ritthammer MC MC 60 MC
Soren Kjeldsen 18 MC* MC 76 40 40
Bryce Easton 8 MC MC MC 51 57 71
Garrick Porteous 61 29 MC MC 59
Cormac Sharvin MC 44 33 63 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai 67 MC 65
Ashley Chesters 18 MC MC MC 25 18 MC
Tyler Koivisto MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Alejandro Canizares 25 MC 42 MC MC MC
Deyen Lawson 32 MC MC MC MC MC MC MC MC
Julian Suri MC MC MC MC MC MC
Harry Ellis MC 61 9 58 47
Sihwan Kim 10 23 37 61 MC MC
Elvis Smylie MC MC
Vincent Norrman 10 61 5 14
Kristoffer Reitan MC 49 MC 35 MC
Clement Sordet 40 MC MC 40 MC
Lars Van Meijel MC MC MC MC MC
Daniel Hillier 21 MC 23 9 24 10 MC
Haydn Porteous MC MC MC Wd 10 Wd 40
Paul Peterson MC 11 20 7 52 MC
Damien Perrier MC MC MC MC MC 34 MC MC MC
Richard McEvoy 32 MC MC MC MC MC
Alvaro Quiros MC 18 MC 72 Wd
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet 32 MC MC MC
Kristoffer Broberg 52 37 14 MC MC
David Dixon 28
Pedro Figueiredo 57 MC MC 10 MC 52
David Law 18 35 41 62 7 52
Alejandro Tosti
Dermot McElroy 4
Ajeetesh Sandhu MC MC 29
Liam Johnston MC MC 60 MC MC 28 MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano 52 MC MC MC 52 MC
Romain Wattel 28 MC 47 MC MC 54
Matthias Schmid 47 59 14 MC MC
Lucas Bjerregaard MC MC MC MC 55 40
Jake McLeod MC MC MC MC MC
Austin Bautista
Jordan Wrisdale 28 MC MC 15 MC MC MC
Ben Evans 57 65 MC MC MC
Michael Hoey 11 MC MC MC MC MC 7 72
Benjamin Poke 40 MC 52 MC 29 MC
Paul McBride MC MC 14 MC MC MC 35
Gregory Havret MC 51 MC MC MC
Lee Slattery 57 MC MC
Carlos Pigem MC MC 70 61 MC MC
Bradley Neil 60 MC 9 MC MC 39 MC 72
Max Schmitt MC MC MC 31
David Howell 57 MC 17 74 MC MC
Daniel Young MC MC MC MC MC 55 MC
Thongchai Jaidee
Aron Zemmer MC MC 28 MC MC MC MC 52 MC
Berry Henson MC MC
Graeme Storm MC 73 MC MC MC MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC 59 43 MC
John Murphy MC MC 11 MC
Ben Schmidt MC MC MC 12
Tom McKibbin 34 16 MC 12 MC
Bradley Dredge 28
Janne Kaske MC MC MC MC
Josh Hill
Eduardo De La Riva MC 59
Robin Williams MC MC 59
Paul Dunne MC MC MC MC Wd
Ryan Campbell
Conor Purcell 20 MC 27 34 MC 54
John Ross Galbraith MC
James Sugrue MC MC 23 22
Joe Long MC MC MC MC
Euan Walker MC MC 25 61 MC MC 35
Simon Thornton MC 35
Matty Lamb MC MC MC
Mark Power MC
Rowan Lester MC MC
Colm Moriarty MC MC
Robert Moran
Michael Reid
Charlie Williams
Conor O`Rourke MC MC MC 44 49
Player `20 (2) `20 (1) `19 `18 `17 `16 `15 `14 `13
Andy Sullivan
Justin Harding 11
John Catlin 1
Marcus Armitage 23 MC 22 52 15 8
Santiago Tarrio 7
Adrian Otaegui
Laurie Canter 14 14
Calum Hill 28 7 1
Callum Shinkwin MC MC 60
Masahiro Kawamura 14
Marc Warren MC
Connor Syme MC 10
Maverick Antcliff 3
Jonathan Caldwell 54 13 36 12 9
Wil Besseling 54 9 25 6 MC
Jordan Smith 7
Eddie Pepperell
Craig Howie 25 MC*
Jacques Kruyswijk
Nacho Elvira 39 42 MC
Matthew Jordan
Jack Senior 28 1 43 MC 52 Wd 60 47
Francesco Laporta MC 5 31 MC
Chase Hanna
Scott Jamieson 54
Dale Whitnell 39 MC
Pep Angles
Scott Hend 11
Sebastian Rodriguez Garcia MC 14
Steven Brown 39 25 MC MC 5
Darius Van Driel 60 10 34 15
Hennie Du Plessis MC
Grant Forrest Wd
Bryden MacPherson
James Morrison 60
Richard Mansell 23 10
JaydenTreySchaper 26
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen
David Horsey MC
Alexander Levy
David Drysdale MC
Gaganjeet Bhullar MC
Josh Geary
Adrien Saddier 15
Ryan Lumsden
Blake Windred
Oliver Farr 39 MC 57 MC MC
Alejandro Del Rey
Nicolai Hojgaard MC
Joel Stalter 68 MC 47 MC 38
Yikeun Chang Re
Shubhankar Sharma 64
Rhys Enoch 13 MC MC
Dimitrios Papadatos MC
Hugo Leon MC
Robin Sciot-Siegrist 39 MC MC 1 42
Julien Guerrier 48 23 MC 56 26
Dave Coupland 39 10 MC 8 MC MC
Daniel Gavins MC MC
Niall Kearney 23 48 MC MC 49 38 43
Matt Ford 37 MC 66 38 9
Matthew Baldwin MC 2 MC
Bernd Ritthammer MC 67 2 3 5
Soren Kjeldsen MC
Bryce Easton 36
Garrick Porteous 39 14 56 MC
Cormac Sharvin MC 21 9 17 65 MC
Suradit Yongcharoenchai
Ashley Chesters MC 18
Tyler Koivisto MC 1
Alejandro Canizares 35
Deyen Lawson
Julian Suri MC
Harry Ellis 43 MC
Sihwan Kim MC MC MC 47
Elvis Smylie
Vincent Norrman
Kristoffer Reitan MC
Clement Sordet 28 34 6 1
Lars Van Meijel 35 33 16
Daniel Hillier
Haydn Porteous MC 5 60
Paul Peterson
Damien Perrier MC 4 19 11 35 50
Richard McEvoy 69 17
Alvaro Quiros
Jean-Baptiste Gonnet MC
Kristoffer Broberg
David Dixon MC
Pedro Figueiredo 58 66 MC
David Law 35 MC 12 MC 8 MC
Alejandro Tosti
Dermot McElroy MC MC* 16 MC MC 60 9
Ajeetesh Sandhu
Liam Johnston MC MC
Gonzalo F`dez-Castano
Romain Wattel 60
Matthias Schmid
Lucas Bjerregaard 51 MC
Jake McLeod 39
Austin Bautista
Jordan Wrisdale MC 14 MC
Ben Evans MC MC
Michael Hoey MC MC MC 45 8 MC MC MC
Benjamin Poke MC MC 28
Paul McBride MC MC MC
Gregory Havret
Lee Slattery MC
Carlos Pigem MC
Bradley Neil 30 MC* 4 MC MC
Max Schmitt 58 67
David Howell MC
Daniel Young MC 13
Thongchai Jaidee
Aron Zemmer MC MC
Berry Henson
Graeme Storm MC
Gavin Moynihan MC MC MC MC
John Murphy
Ben Schmidt
Tom McKibbin MC MC MC MC
Bradley Dredge
Janne Kaske
Josh Hill
Eduardo De La Riva
Robin Williams
Paul Dunne MC
Ryan Campbell
Conor Purcell MC
John Ross Galbraith 19 MC MC MC MC MC 56
James Sugrue 66
Joe Long
Euan Walker MC
Simon Thornton MC 65 42 16
Matty Lamb
Mark Power 60
Rowan Lester
Colm Moriarty 69 MC 15 MC
Robert Moran
Michael Reid
Charlie Williams
Conor O`Rourke 63 Dq 57

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