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Talk about persistence and luv o' the game!  Richard Bland, a Brit golfer, up and down for years on various tours in Europe finally wins The British Masters at The Belfry. I watched the playoff h

So pleased for the guy. He is a gent and well respected throughout the game. Perseverance finally pays off. 

The tournament was held on Arakis

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I was watching the recording tonight. I was rooting for him to win it. I got a bit nervous for him when it went to the playoff. I didn't want to see his heart get ripped out there. Imagine how satisfying and validating that win is after all that time. Great way to start the last few years of his career. All gravy from here on out

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Great to see Bland get over the line and shake off the nearly man tag once & for all to capture a dream win.  😀🏆

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Congrats to Richard for sure.  All it takes is one good week with good ball striking and hot putter to win one. 

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1 hour ago, iBanesto said:

 

And a lot of hard work and persistence. It all adds up.

True.  However, I would say that most tour pros fit the bill you posted.  Like I said, it takes one good week of solid ball striking and a hot putter. 

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That’s another example of why golf is the greatest game ever played. Well played Richard Bland...incredible accomplishment. 

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10 hours ago, jobin said:

  He hit a wormburner wood over the water, ran it up to rear edge of the green

So happy-happy at age 48.  Will open many doors on the corporate dinner circuit, and maybe the USA Champs Tour in 2 years.

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How can one hit a wormburner over water?

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That's something.  I remember seeing his name on various ET leaderboards over the years but of course had no idea he had never won.  But 478 events - four hundred seventy eight - before winning.  Would be so easy to just let the game beat you down.  Great story of perseverance.  Happy for him.

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So so good to see Richard Bland picking up the win. Definitely seemed like the time for him getting the win had passed so to see him pop up and get it done was great. His interview at the end with Tim Barter on Sky Sports who has been his coach throughout his Pro career was a real tear jerker.

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First time through 18 he hits his drive thin or something and has 189 left.  He hits an iron on.

Second time through (playoff) he hits it better but in the rough, he has to have less left to the hole correct?  Why play a wood out of the old divot?  Wouldn't in that situation you dig the ball out with a steep iron shot?

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This was a great story.  I'm glad he finally got his win.  It may be his only one, but it was certainly memorable.

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First time through 18 he hits his drive thin or something and has 189 left.  He hits an iron on.

Second time through (playoff) he hits it better but in the rough, he has to have less left to the hole correct?  Why play a wood out of the old divot?  Wouldn't in that situation you dig the ball out with a steep iron shot?

He won so pretty much played correctly. I believe he had 200+ left in the playoff 

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17 hours ago, smashdn said:

First time through 18 he hits his drive thin or something and has 189 left.  He hits an iron on.

Second time through (playoff) he hits it better but in the rough, he has to have less left to the hole correct?  Why play a wood out of the old divot?  Wouldn't in that situation you dig the ball out with a steep iron shot?

 

18th on the brabazon course you are hitting across the fairway, the hole stretches diagonally away from you bottom right to top left from the tee. So his tee shot was worse on his final hole but he hit it more left therefore cutting more of the corner off. He hit it better but was more right so had 200+ yards in on the playoff, he's also not the longest hitter so I think he had to hit a fairway wood to clear the water.

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