Sports and TV stars unite to CONGRATULATE Richard Bland on European Tour win

Richard Bland became the oldest first-time winner on the European Tour at the Betfred British Masters on Saturday.

Sun, 16 May 2021

Sports and TV stars unite to CONGRATULATE Richard Bland on European Tour win

Richard Bland created one of the stories of the season at The Belfry on Saturday by winning the Betfred British Masters, claiming his first-ever win on the European Tour.

It was the Englishman's 478th start on the tour and it was an emotional moment when he rolled in his short par putt on the 18th hole to beat Guido Migliozzi in a sudden-death playoff.

An emotional Bland could barely find words for his victory afterwards, especially when he spoke to his family on a video call behind the 18th green.

The World No. 218 shot a 6-under-par 66 on the final day to climb the leaderboard. He made a superb birdie on his 72nd hole to post 13-under-par in the clubhouse.

Migliozzi made a great up and down from the greenside bunker on the final hole to force a playoff, but unfortunately for the Italian, he made a bogey on the first playoff hole, gifting Bland the win.

The 48-year-old's victory was not lost on anyone, including people from across the sporting world and the entertainment sphere as well. Figures such as Fred Couples, England Cricket's Michael Vaughan and comedic actor Stephen Fry all sent their congratulations to Bland.

 

 

 

 

 

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