The European Tour travels to Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club this week for the third event of its six-week UK swing. Who will claim the inaugural English Championship?
COURSE: Originally designed by Harry Vardon, Hanbury Manor opened in the early 1900s and is framed by the Hertfordshire countryside. It has since been redesigned by Jack Nicklaus II and will play to 6,439 metres (par-71) this week.
PLAYERS TO WATCH …
Belgian THOMAS DETRY came agonisingly close to finally breaking through on the European Tour last week, finishing runner-up to Sam Horsfield at the English Open in Birmingham.
“Another missed opportunity but I'll move on and try to win next week,” Detry said.
The 27-year-old, who won the Melbourne World Cup of Golf alongside Thomas Pieters in 2018, has now recorded four top-10s for the 2019/20 season.
Detry has added an impressive 13 yards to his driving average this season without sacrificing any accuracy – and his scoring average is below 70 for the first time in his European Tour career.
RIGHT: Detry will continue the search for his maiden Tour victory at Hanbury Manor this week. PHOTO: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images.
Rasmus Højgaard is arguably the most in-form player in the field this week, having finished runner-up to Renato Paratore at the British Masters and T6th at the English Open last week.
Højgaard became the third-youngest winner in European Tour history when he claimed last year’s Mauritius Open in just his fifth start.
The 19-year-old Dane, who is currently ranked 121st in the Official World Golf Ranking, sits 11th in the Race to Dubai and third in the UK swing’s order of merit. Keep an eye on his work off the tee, where he averages an impressive 297.75 metres, which is sixth-best on Tour.
AUSTRALIANS IN THE FIELD: Maverick Antcliff, Scott Hend, Min Woo Lee, Jake McLeod and Jason Scrivener.
Round 1: Friday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 12am – 3am)
Round 2: Saturday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 12am – 3am)
Round 3: Saturday (Fox Sports 505 LIVE 10:30pm – 3am)
Round 4: Sunday (Fox Sports 503 LIVE 10:30pm – 3am)
*AEST, check local guides