Winner, Euram Bank Open

Challenge Tour 2018

Winner 2016 & 2018
Duinzicht Invitational
"Alps Tour Champion 2015

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2018 Season – Week 47 Update

Card for 2019 Challenge Tour secured

In my last five tournaments of 2018 I started to play with more consistency and confidence.

After missing the cut in Kazachstan by one stroke and ending T40 in the Hopps Open de Provence I decided to give the Irish Challenge a miss to focus on preparing for China and to try out a new driver.

It paid off because I made the cut in both Hainan and in Foshan where I ended T5. It was a nice result in the most valuable tournament of the year and it guaranteed my Challenge Tour card for 2019.

My Foshan result also gave me a good shot at getting into the rankings top-30 at the final tournament in Ras-Al-Khaimah and even making it into the top 15 and winning promotion to the European Tour if I could finish 1st or 2nd.

After R2 I was in the top-10, thanks in part to some good advice (reads) from my caddy for the event and good friend, Bernard, but a scrappy R3 meant I could only finish T-13, and I ended 34th in the final Challenge Tour rankings.

Deciding not to play Q-School was difficult and caused some comment in the Dutch golfing media but I am sure it was the right thing for me to do.

Feeling weary but good after a long season I am taking a couple of weeks off and sorting out some things at home. Then I will start planning my 2019 programme and my preparations for next season.

Wishing all my readers a Happy New Year I’m looking forward to 2019 already!

Darius.

2018 – My Team

Golf CoachRoel Verdonschot (Bernardus Golf Club)
Fitness CoachMartijn van Oosterhout (Golf Athletic)
SupportAsccend
Home ClubNoordwijk Golf Club
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  • Srixon
  • Shark Golfwear
  • Skechers
  • WijnKooper
  • Asccend

Amateur Times

Hi, I am Darius

I was born in 1989 (in Leidschendam, Netherlands) and started to play golf when I was 11 years old. My father played golf and gave me a lot of encouragement but before long I started to play better than him so he decided to stop. I had a successful junior and amateur career, which included a lot of individual success, as well as playing for the Netherlands and for Europe in some of the most prestigious amateur team events.
But I also wanted to concentrate on finishing my formal education.

In 2013 I got my Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Sports Marketing from the Johan Cruyff Institute in Amsterdam, before playing one more year as an amateur. I ended 2014 in the top 40 of the World Amateur Rankings and decided to turn pro, so I entered the Q-School of the Alps Tour, one of the 3rd tier European Satellite Tours. I came second overall and my pro career had begun.

Darius van Driel

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