Winner, Euram Bank Open

Challenge Tour 2018

Winner 2016 & 2018
Duinzicht Invitational
"Alps Tour Champion 2015

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2019 Week 23

What a difference a few days can make.

Last weekend I achieved by far the biggest result of my pro career with 2nd place in the Belgian Knock-out, a European Tour event organised by Thomas Pieters.

I was able to make the best of the tournament format, two days of strokeplay where I finished T-5 on 8 under par, which earned me a seeding in the following two days Medal Matchplay. Not that the seeding brought me much of an advantage because I was drawn against some well-known names who are well placed in the 2019 Race to Dubai rankings. But I continued to play well in the first 5 knock-out rounds, managed to avoid any play-offs and found myself in the final. There Guido Migliozzi played incredibly well, hitting the ball miles and straight. On the 3rd hole I missed a makeable birdie putt which would have given me a one stroke lead and put some pressure on Guido, so in the end I had to be content with 2nd place.

On top of a big cheque my 2nd place in Belgium also earned me an invitation to the BMW International, also a European Tour event in the third week of June, which I have decided to take up.

But my focus remains the Challenge Tour, this week the Swiss Challenge at Golf Sempach near Lucerne.

Up until last weekend I was reasonably happy with my start to the Challenge Tour season. A 3rd place in the first ranking tournament of the 2019 season, The Turkish Airlines Challenge, and tied 15th in the D+D Czech Challenge were good enough to keep me in the top-15 of the Challenge Tour rankings.

I’ve been striking the ball well but my putter has been a bit “hot and cold” which cost me the cut in Spain and a better finish than my T-45 in the Prague Challenge.

More soon,

Darius.

2019 – My Team

Golf Coach Roel Verdonschot (Bernardus Golf Club)
Biomechanics Mikel Vos
Fitness Coach Martijn van Oosterhout (Golf Athletic)
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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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