Winner, Euram Bank Open

Challenge Tour 2018

Winner 2016 & 2018
Duinzicht Invitational
"Alps Tour Champion 2015

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2019 Week 27

The last few weeks have been busy and exciting.

One week after my 2nd place in the Belgian KO it was back to the Challenge Tour and the Swiss Golf Challenge near Lucerne. I didn’t play well and missed the cut. But I was excited by the prospect of playing two consecutive European Tour Events, first the BMW International thanks to my result in Belgium. I made the cut then finished down the field at tied 62.

A week later, thanks to Daan Slooter, I had an invitation to the Andalucia Open at Valderrama, a tough and beautiful course. I was hitting the ball well but I just let a few strokes get away and missed the cut by 3.

So last week it was back to the Challenge Tour and the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge. My game is  in great shape and I started Round 1 with a run of 6 straight birdies, finished it on -8 and went on to lead after each of the first three days.

Then Sunday was one of those days when all the bad breaks seem to come in the same round. My birdie-birdie start to Round 4 was followed by a totally unexpected lost ball on Hole 6 and then a couple of balls which were almost perfect but which both plugged in bunkers. I finished +4 for the day, -12 overall and T-8. Disappointing after my great start.

I am optimistic, I am hitting the ball well, and close, and I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks, first in France, then in Austria where I am the defending champion. Challenging!


2019 – My Team

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

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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