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Born: 1 June 1986
Birthplace: Caceres, Spain
College: Indiana University
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins : 2
Other wins: 0
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: No
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
After eight second place finishes (6 on the European Tour and 2 on the Challenge Tour) in over 250 starts, Jorge recorded his first win as a professional in 2019 at the Trophee Hassan II in Morocco. Jorge clearly enjoyed his win and appeared to lose focus for the remainder of 2019 as prior to his win he only missed 1 cut in 10 starts yet racked up a further 8 missed cuts in his 14 subsequent starts after the win!
After waiting 264 events for his first win, Jorge needed only 23 more to notch his second win at the 2020 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters. He is a consistent performer with six Top 10's in 2019 and five top 10s in 2020 on the European Tour.
Jorge made big changes at the start of the 2020 season, changing his caddie after eight years and also his clubs. He signed a contract with Callaway in January 2020 to play their clubs on Tour. As is often the way when players change equipment manufacturers, Jorge had an extremely poor start to the season with his new clubs but out of nowhere recorded his win in Qatar.
Jorge got married in December 2019.
SG: OFF THE TEE
SG: AROUND THE GREEN
Pressure Performance Analysis
Finished 3rd in the final round of the Cyprus Showdown where the last 16 all started at level par.
Jorge also showed nerves of sorts for his latest win at the Qatar Masters. He was two shots ahead with two to play but double bogeyed the 17th. Admirably, he parred the 18th before performing heroically in a 5 hole playoff against David Drysdale.
Jorge did show some nerves when winning in Morocco when starting with 2 bogeys in the first 3 holes and it looked like he was going to add to his 8 runners up finishes. However, he steadied the ship mid round before badly pulling his drive on the 18th and being fortunate to finish in a bunker from which he made par.
Jorge shot the lowest score of the day (67) at the Indian Open but was beaten by Stephen Gallacher birdieing 3 of the last 4 holes. Jorge did fail to birdie the par 5 18th after a great drive though.
Jorge trailed by 3 going into the final round of the Qatar Masters, the same as eventual winner Justin Harding. Jorge shot the 6th lowest score of the day (68) and was only beaten by Harding’s 66
Jorge shot the joint lowest final round of the day at the Oman Open but trailed by 5 going into the final day and lost out by 1 to Kurt Kitayama birdieing the 16th and 17th holes.
Joint leader going into final round but beaten by a superb final round 62 from Shubhankar Sharma. Jorge shot the 8th best score of the day (68) in tricky windy conditions.
Jorge sometimes lacks the necessary killer touch to convert chances but he is now a more accomplished winner. Do not expect Jorge to fall away but do not expect him to snatch a tournament, he will need to rely on others to falter (as Van Rooyen did when he won in Morocco) or need a playoff scenario. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 4 stars on the basis of his record to date.
Jorge can get on a hot streak and he actually recorded the European Tour’s first 59 in December 2013 at the Nelson Mandela Championship but was denied his place in the record books as preferred lies were used that day. Jorge’s win in Morocco also came in the middle of a remarkable run of form which included 5 top 3 finishes in 6 starts (the other finish was 20th!).
Jorge has a particularly strong record when conditions are firm and breezy.
Jorge tends to record good results in certain tournaments, even where different courses are used, and it could be a case of positive mental associations with events bring out the best in him. Examples of this are the Volvo China Open where his form reads 3-3-9 (latest result first) between 2019 - 2017 and the Oman Open where he finished 2nd and 4th in 2019 and 2018. It was no surprise when Jorge notched his second career win in Qatar in 2020 at an event where he posted a 2nd place finish in 2019.
Major and WGC Analysis
Jorge's record in the Majors is poor. It's not expected he will contend for a Major until he gets comfortable playing in these type of events.
He is yet to record a top 25 finish in a WGC.
1-0. Jorge showed with his playoff win in Qatar that he is a man who relishes the match play format of a playoff (incidentally he also has a credible record in match play tournaments). He can be trusted in a playoff.
2019 Trophee Hassan II
Q. How did you motivate yourself these years since you've turned pro, and to go on and go on and go on and keep looking for the first win?
JORGE CAMPILLO: That's a good question. You know, I just love the game. I love competing. Most people say, maybe I'm not a winner, but I was when I was an amateur. It was a matter of time. I think I proved it today. I just love the game. I love winning, I guess, and I finally did it, so I'm quite happy now. Hopefully I can win more from now.
Q. What was your approach last night heading into this final round?
JORGE CAMPILLO: I have a good sleep. You know, I was concerned about the Spanish elections, so that kept my mind busy. I was thinking about that. I didn't think much about playing golf. So when I got to the golf course, I was a little nervous, but I was calm. I feel strong for some reason, and I don't know, I think I don't know why, but I feel -- I was feeling strong coming the last few holes. So I wasn't nervous at all.
Q. Was there any one of the near misses that hurt particularly, which might have motivated you?
JORGE CAMPILLO: Maybe, I don't know, way too many second places. Maybe Malaysia last year was really close. Qatar, actually, this year, I was two off the lead, but I feel like we make some mistakes coming in. I wasn't able to win the tournament. That got me to try harder next time. I think Qatar was the breaking point for me to win the next golf tournament.
Q. It's surprising to have a win not that far from Spain, and just some water between Morocco and Spain. Do you feel at home here?
JORGE CAMPILLO: Yeah, I say before, I feel almost like home. It's, as you say, it's just a few kilometres away from home. The weather is similar. The golf course is great. I love coming here to Morocco. I think it's a great venue and a great golf tournament, so it just feels like home.
September 2020, European Tour Blog
"It was tough to go straight to a Major without any competition rounds under my belt. I played awful, but I think that was just that the pressure of the Majors got to me because I’ve never performed well in them."
"I'm excited to be back in Valderrama.......it’s somewhere I feel comfortable and I’ve played well here before."
"I think winning has changed my mind-set. Before I won in Morocco, I had thought maybe I could win one tournament, but as soon as I got that second victory in Qatar I was ready to go to India and try for a third. It’s tough to win, but hopefully I can win more."