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J.C. Ritchie

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J.C. Ritchie

 Born: 24 February 1994

Birthplace: South Africa
College: N/A
Resides: South Africa

Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
Other Wins: 6

Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐


J.C. or Juan Carlos to give him his full name, became the dominant golfer on the Sunshine Tour in 2019/2020.  In February 2020 he clinched the 19/20 Sunshine Tour Order of Merit and since 2017 he's notched six wins in Africa.

J.C. found the step up to the European Tour difficult in 2020 and dropped back to the Challenge Tour in 2021.  He finished 24th on the Challenge Tour rankings in 2021.

Significant info

Nothing at present.


Pressure Performance Analysis

J.C. is yet to make his mark in Europe but looks more than capable of winning should an opportunity arise.  He's a proven front runner having won his 2nd tournament wire to wire and converting a 54 hole lead for his 4th win. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐⭐ on the basis of his record to date in South Africa.

November 2021
❌ J.C.was in 3rd (3 shots back) going into the final round of the Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final.  A disappointing final round 72 saw him slip to 6th.

June 2021
❌ Three shots back going into the final round of the Challenge de Espana, J.C. shot a final round 69 but slipped from 5th to 9th.

May 2021
✅ A final round 66 was enough to see J.C. overturn a three shot deficit at the Bain's Whisky Cape Town Open.  He would go on to defeat Jacques Blaauw in a playoff.

December 2020
➖ J.C. was 4th going into the final round of the South African Open but six hots behind Christiaan Bezuidenhout.  He shot a final round 72 to slip one place to 5th.

February 2020
❌ J.C. was in 4th place (4 shots back) going into the final round of the RAM Cape Town Open.  Shot a terrible 77 to slip to 19th.

February 2020
✅ J.C. triumphed at the Limpopo Championship, overcoming a 2 shot deficit (started the day in 2nd).


Goes best when fresh
It is worth noting that three of J.C's six wins to date (April 2020) have come after he has had at least a week off (1 week, 2 weeks and 6 weeks) so he can win when rested. 

Major and WGC Analysis

South African Swing

Keep an eye on J.C ahead of the two new events in South Africa on the DP World Tour - The Pecanwood Classic and Steyn City Challenge.

Playoff Record


J.C. has been in four playoffs in his career and won them all, this is a young man who knows how to take care of business in a playoff situation.

Significant Quotes

2021 Rolex Challenge Tour Grand Final
"I like playing tough golf courses that force you to grind."

2021 Kaskada Golf Challenge
"I love Czech Republic, I think this is my fifth trip. I love everything about the Czech Republic; it’s beautiful, the people are amazing, and we’ve played a couple of brilliant golf courses as well."

2021 Bain's Whisky Cape Town Open
“Something is back, something is definitely back. My game disappeared. That’s where the tears came from. It’s been a lot of hell, crying, a lot of bad times in the last year that I’ve gone through to be able to get myself into this position and to win again. It feels amazing. I keep proving to myself that I’m good enough to play on the bigger tours. Like I’ve said before, I think I still have a lot to learn out of our borders, in Europe and on the Challenge Tour.”