Starts: 11th August 2022
Course: Galgorm Castle & Massereene, Northern Ireland
Par: Both Par 70
Length: Galgorm 7,151 yards and Massereene 6,827
2021 Champion: Daniel Gavins
Course Info (Galgorm)
Designer: Simon Gidman
Type of Course: Parkland, Short
Used Since: 2013
Rough: Thick in places
Water Hazard: The course is bordered by the rivers Maine and Braid which come into play on numerous holes, as well as five lakes and the magnificent oxbow lake adjacent to the 14th hole.
Par 5's: 10th and 18th
Premium on: Accuracy
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
The field is made up of men and women but the leaderboards will be split up.
Due to this, two courses will be used on Thursday and Friday - Massereene and Galgorm. Galgorm will host both weekend days.
The cut will be 60 and ties after Friday and a further cut of 35 and ties after Saturday.
Galgorm hosted the Irish Open in 2020 and previously hosted Challenge Tour events between 2013-2020,
Dry and warm throughout the week.
Sunny. Wind 6mph
Sunny intervals. Wind 6mph
Sunny intervals. Wind 8mph
Sunny with possible rain showers. Wind 9mph
Daniel Gavins won last year with a score of -13. In the eight years Galgorm hosted events on the Challenge Tour, the winning score was between -10 and -19. We should expect a score around -15.
Daniel Gavins was world number 453 when he claimed the trophy last year. When Galgorm was used for the 2020 Irish Open, John Catlin ranked 137th in the world.
Valderrama is a similar tight tree lined course which demands accuracy, where Catlin has also won, as is Diamond Country Club which hosts the Austrian Open.
7 of the last 10 course winners were debutants and the other three had no course form to speak of.
The past two winners at this venue have been in fantastic form prior to winning. Last year's winner, Daniel Gavins, had posted back to back top 10 finishes on the Challenge Tour. The 2020 winner, John Catlin, had placed 8th and 1st in his two previous events. Interestingly, the previous 3 course winners on the Challenge Tour had shown no sign of incoming form.
We will analyse the stats of the top two last year and top four in 2020 as there are no stats for the previous Challenge Tour events.
SG: Off The Tee
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 29-116. In 2020, the top four ranked 34-31-42-32. It's important to be a solid driver but not exceptional.
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 15-103. In 2020, the top four ranked 10-23-27-51. Driving Accuracy is preferred over distance this week.
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 53-18. In 2020, the top four ranked 10-22-7-28. Strong iron play is important.
Greens in Regulation
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 37-35. In 2020, the top four ranked 7-33-6-28. Confirms the importance of strong iron play.
SG: Around The Green
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 6-13. In 2020, the top four ranked 23-49-20-14. Preferred but not essential.
Last year, Gavins and Horsey ranked 17-33. In 2020, the top four ranked 25-4-39-8. Strong putting helps around here.
The 6th and 9th played as the hardest holes at Galgorm. The 10th at Massereene was the toughest hole all week though, playing 0.66 shots over par!
The 2nd at Galgorm is a short par 4 which played as the easiest hole last year. The short par 3 7th and par 5 10th played as the next two easiest.
Fast or Slow Start
Daniel Gavins opened up at Massereene last year with a one over par round of 71.
In 2020, Aaron Rai finished 2nd after leading on day one with a 65 but five of the top 10 started with a 70 or 71. Catlin came from four back in the final round to win by two.
In previous events, Tyler Koivisto was 4 behind after 36 holes on the Challenge Tour in 2020. Jack Senior in 2019 was 3 behind after 36. Callum Hill was 2 behind after 36 in 2018. It is important to be not too far off the pace but within touching distance.
Players We Almost Backed
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Maverick Antcliff 150/1
Third and 26th in his last two starts at this venue indicate just how much he likes it. A straight hitter of the ball (he's 36th in Driving Accuracy this year), it wouldn't be a shock to see him go well.