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Darius Van Driel

VAN DRIEL Darius

Darius Van Driel

Born: 2 June 1989
Birthplace: Netherlands
College: Unknown
Resides: Unknown

Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 0
Other Wins: 3

Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

BIO

Darius had a breakout year in 2018/2019, coinciding with his 30th birthday in June 2019. Between July 2018 and August 2019 he recorded 2 wins on the Challenge tour, a 2nd place finish on the European Tour and 4 other top 10 finishes on the Challenge Tour to easily make this the best period of his golfing career to date (his world ranking jumped from 1370 to 136th in this time!). To those people who don’t believe in significant birthdays having an effect on golfers let Darius be your proof!

A 4th place finish at the Austrian Open in 2020 was the highlight of the year for Darius. He'll be hoping for better in 2021.

Significant info

Darius keeps a brief blog on his website www.dariusvandriel.com so it is worth looking at this if ever considering a bet on him. Darius also got engaged in May 2020.

 

Pressure Performance Analysis

July 2020
Began the final round of the Austrian Open 1 shot behind leader Marc Warren however could only shoot 72 to finish 3 shots behind Warren who shot 70.

November 2019
Needing a top 15 finish at the 2019 Challenge Tour Grand Final to ensure his promotion to the European Tour, Darius showed bottle to finish 10th to ensure he qualified for the European Tour in 2020.

August 2019
Won with weekend scores of 63-64 when coming from 7 back at halfway at the Rolex Trophy.

July 2019
He held the solo 54 hole lead (2 shot lead) at the D+D Real Slovakia Challenge. He shot a disastrous 76 to slip out of the places completely on that occasion.

June 2019

Finished runner up to Guido Migliozzi at the Belgian Knockout on the European Tour.

July 2018
1st win at the Euram Open was converted with a final round 67 when he held the joint lead through 54 holes.

Summary
Given that Darius’s 2nd place finish on the European Tour was in matchplay format (Belgian Knockout) it may be best to back him in the newer matchplay events on the European Tour in 2020 or when he is coming from off the pace. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to 3 stars.

Trends

Time of the year
Darius's two wins on the Challenge Tour came at the end of July and late August so the summer months may suit him better when conditions are firm and fast. Both wins were also low scoring events (his 2018 win included a 62 and a 64, whilst his 2019 win included a 63 and a 64) so he's better at events where birdies are plentiful.

Loves a birdie fest
Darius is a player who can go low and in 2019 posted five rounds of 64 or better on the Challenge Tour. He posted a couple of sub 66 rounds on he European Tour in 2020.

Major and WGC Analysis

Major's
Darius has not yet played in a Major and he doesn't yet have the game to compete should he qualify.

WGC's
Some way off.

Playoff Record

Darius has never been in a playoff.

Significant Quotes

2019 Rolex Trophy
“I holed my nine iron on 14 for eagle and that’s when I started to look at the leaderboard, which might have been the wrong thing to do. I played a little too carefully over the last few holes and I was happy to close it out in the end, but my lead was four shots at one point. In the end it came down to one shot, having two putts from six foot to win, which wasn’t what I had in mind after being four ahead.”