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UK Swing Finale: Horsfield Looks To Finish Strong

 

The Belfry plays host to the UK Swing Finale as Englishman Sam Horsfield looks to complete victory in the Order of Merit. The event is set to take place the last weekend of August, commencing on the 27th August and running until the 30th.

After two victories in three weeks, the 23 year-old leads the Order of Merit by 266 points and, barring a miracle from the chasing pack, he will be crowned Champion before the Tour moves onto the rest of Europe.

 

The story so far

The UK Swing started with the Betfred British Masters hosted by Lee Westwood at Close House in Newcastle on the 22nd July.

Italian Renato Paratore won his second European Tour title, with a dominant display.

From there, the Tour moved to the Marriott Forest of Arden for the Hero Open. This would be the first of Horsfield’s victories as he also claimed his maiden European Tour title.

The third event saw a convincing victory for Englishman Andy Sullivan who claimed his fourth European Tour victory at Marriott Hanbury Manor.

His 27 under total was only two shy of the all-time record on the European Tour, set by Ernie Els 17 years ago.

The Tour then moved onto Celtic Manor in Wales. The club hosted two tournaments: the Celtic Classic and Wales Open.

Sam Horsfield claimed his second victory at the Celtic Classic by two strokes, and moved further ahead in the Order of Merit.

Frenchman Romain Langasque then won the following event in the Wales Open, coming back from five strokes behind after 54-holes thanks to a bogey-free 65 on Sunday.

With five events down, we are in for an exciting finish at The Belfry as there will also be 10 US Open spots up for grabs during the UK Swing.

After qualification was cancelled, it was announced the top 10 on the mini order of merit after the fifth event, the Wales Open, who haven’t already made it into the US Open, will qualify for Winged Foot.

Return of players

The last event of the UK Swing sees the return of several names who were participating out in the USA, as the best field from the last six weeks line up at The Belfry.

Englishman Matt Wallace returns after a successful stint in America which saw him secure a top 10 finish at The Memorial.

Bernd Wiesberger, Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer also return from the States with China’s Li Haotong featuring in his second UK Swing event.

 

The Course

In addition to being the headquarters of The Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA), The Belfry has three courses: the PGA National, the Derby and the Brabazon, which is the main tournament course.

The Brabazon has hosted the Ryder Cup four times (1985, 1989, 1993 & 2002) as well as several European Tour events.

With a whole host of names arriving from the USA, Matt Wallace will be the favourite for the event, with Horsfield the favourite to claim the Order of Merit.

 

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A lifelong interest in watching and playing sport led Matt to study Sports Journalism at Solent University, graduating in 2019 with a broken nose after a hockey mishap. However, golf is his primary passion. As a junior, he held a scratch handicap, played for county and was Junior Club Captain. Matt has interviewed a number of influential figures within golf as well as working with the R&A and writing for Golf Monthly.

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