Jean Van de Velde
Name:Jean Van de Velde
Born:May 29, 1966 in Mont-de-Marsan, Aquitaine, France.
Original/Home Club:Mont de Marsan GC, Saint-Avit.
Occupation:Professional golfer; television commentator; UNICEF ambassador.
Turned Pro:1987 (+2 hcp)
Ryder Cup player (1999). French Youths champion (1985, '86); French Amateur champion (1986). European Tour wins (2).
Van de Velde enjoyed an excellent amateur career, twice winning the French Youths title (1985, '86) and the French Amateur Championship (1986). He turned professional in 1987 and joined the European Tour for his rookie season in 1989. His first win came in 1993.
The defining moments in his career came in the 1999 Open Championship at Carnoustie. Needing no worse than a double-bogey six to seal victory at the final hole, the would-be French victor imploded with some serious course management errors. He took seven. Compounding mistake upon mistake, he hit a wayward driver, then clattered into a spectator grandstand going for the green in two. His third was hacked into the Barry Burn from deep rough. After a bare foot paddle in the Burn, he reluctantly took a penalty drop (four), hit the ball into a greenside bunker (five) and finished with a sand save from the bunker (six & seven). He subsequently lost out to Scotland's Paul Lawrie in a three-way playoff that also included Justin Leonard (USA). It should be said that Van de Velde heroically took the defeat on the chin, and cheerily moved on.
Played as the Madeira Island Open Caixa Geral de Depositos (March 23-26). Second-placed Lee Slattery (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Van de Velde (Fra), who recorded his first European Tour win since the Roma Masters in 1993. [Santo da Serra GC, Machico, Madeira].
Played as the Roma Masters (April 15-18). First-time European Tour winner Van de Velde (Fra) beat Greg Turner (NZ) with a par at the third playoff hole. [Castelgandolfo CC, nr Rome, Italy].
Solheim Cup: can Europe defend the most prestigious team trophy in women’s professional golf, when the 17th Solheim Cup is played out at the Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio (Sept 4-6).
Italian Open: Nicolai Højgaard recorded his first European Tour win (Sept 5), just a week after his twin brother Rasmus landed the European Masters title (Aug 29); the first brothers to win back-to-back on the European Tour.
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New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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