Beko Classic 2015

Professionals

  • John Daly

    John Daly

    Our defending champion !! The man known as the Wild Thing shot to fame in 1991 when he won the US PGA Championship, having made it into the field at Crooked Stick at the last minute when Nick Price withdrew and Daly was the only alternate on site. Virtually unknown at the time and playing his third Major, he shot rounds of 69, 67, 69 and 71 to win by three shots, and later earned the US PGA Tour Rookie of the Year award. John won his second Major in 1995 when he beat Costantino Rocca in a play-off for The Open Championship at St Andrews. In 2012 secured full playing rights for 2013 by finishing 85th in The Race to Dubai, thanks to good performances in the Commercial bank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy, Sicilian Open and the US PGA Championship. Enjoys writing song lyrics and playing the guitar, and recorded a largely autobiographical album entitled "My Life", featuring guest performances by Darius Rucker, Willie Nelson, Johnny Lee and Daron Norwood. Involved in many charitable causes, most notably Make-a-Wish Foundation and Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Set up a college scholarship fund for the two daughters of the late Thomas Weaver, who was struck by lightning during a first-round storm delay at the 1991 PGA Championship.

  • David Howell

    David Howell

    David’s most recent win came at the 2013 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, where he saw off American Peter Uihlein in a play-off. 2006, Davids finest European Tour season to date. Started with victory in the HSBC Champions when he out-scored playing partner Tiger Woods, before capturing the BMW PGA Championship, becoming the first English winner of the event since Sir Nick Faldo in 1989. Made his Ryder Cup debut in 2004, and produced the European Tour’s Shot of the Year at Oakland Hills, a six iron to five feet on the par three 17th hole that helped secure a vital point. As an amateur, won the British Boys Championship in 1993 and was part of the 1995 Walker Cup victory at Royal Porthcawl. Collected his first professional victory in November 1998 when he won the Australian PGA Championship by seven strokes, three months before his maiden European Tour win at the 1999 Dubai Desert Classic. David has been a stalwart on the European Tour for 15 years & finished the 2015 European Tour season in 26th position in The Race To Dubai.

  • Garry Houston

    Garry Houston

    Garry played between the European Tour and the Challenge Tour since the year 2000. In 2004 Garry won the Galeria Kaufhof Pokal Challenge after a four-hole sudden-death play-off with England’s Gary Emerson.

  • Jamie Little

    Jamie Little

    Jamie was a former England International amateur player before crossing the water to study in the United States where he was the 97-99 all American Collegiate player and went on to win the NJCAA Championships. Jamie turned professional in the year 2000 and since then has qualified and competed on both the Challenge Tour and European Tour. Jamie won the Beko Pro-Am back in 2008.

  • Sion Bebb

    Sion Bebb

    In 2006 was a member of the European Challenge Tour and found his form to make the cut in 14 events to finish the season 19th in the Rankings and secure a return to The European Tour, where his highest finish was fourth place at the 2007 Omega European Masters. Later that year he won the Qualifying School – Second Stage at Sherry Golf, before regaining his card at the Final Stage.

  • Chris Gane

    Chris Gane

    Continued his love affair with Kazakhstan en route to finishing 13th in the Challenge Tour Rankings. Having finished tied fifth at the 2008 Kazakhstan Open and never having finished outside the top 25 in his two previous visits to the money-spinning event, he shot a 67 on the final day to take second place behind Edoardo Molinari and earn €44,000. It was the second time he had graduated through the Challenge Tour Rankings – the first was in 2001, when he finished in ninth place. Secured a hat-trick of graduations from the Challenge Tour thanks largely to his tied runner-up finish at the lucrative Madeira Islands Open as well as a sixth place finish in his favorite Kazakhstan.

  • David Griffiths

    David Griffiths

    Represented England at all levels as an Amateur and captained England at boys level. Played the Nationwide Tour in the USA in 2003 and 2004 where he linked up with coach, Todd Anderson, the professional at Sea Island Golf Club, Georgia, a club to which he is still attached. Has consolidated his position on The European Tour with two consistent seasons since gaining his card through the Qualifying School in 2004 and 2005.

  • Raymond Russell

    Raymond Russell

    Won his first European Tour title in his first season on Tour, capturing the 1996 Air France Cannes Open and although a second victory has so far eluded him, Russell has been a consistent performer ever since and picked up another two top tens in 2004, including joint seventh in the Diageo Championship at Gleneagles where he was one of three Scots in the top ten. Tied fourth in The 1998 Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale, which remains his best finish in the Majors. A successful 2010 season on the challenge tour finishing high in the order of merit has guaranteed his playing rights on the 2011 European Tour. Raymond is a past winner of the Beko Classic.

  • Klass Eriksson

    Klass Eriksson

    A top Swedish amateur, won the European Individual Amateur Championship at 19 and dominated the 1993 Challenge Tour season, winning three times. in 2007 he decided to return to the Challenge Tour. The decision paid handsome dividends, as he returned to the winner’s enclosure after a seven-year absence with victory at the Trophée du Golf Club de Genève. Surged through the field on the final day after shooting a stunning round of 63, the lowest of his career, before prevailing over Wil Besseling of The Netherlands and Brazilian Alexandre Rocha in a play-off. His €24,400 winner’s cheque propelled him into the top ten of the Rankings and ensured him a return to The European Tour.

  • Andrew Marshall

    Andrew Marshall

    Showed nerves of steel at the 2011 European Tour Qualifying School to earn his playing rights for 2012. Needing to par the last two holes to get in on the mark. First won his card via the Challenge Tour in 2001, but finished his debut season in 133rd place on the Order of Merit. Won his card back at the Qualifying School and made good use of it, ending the 2003 season 107th. Subsequently 90th, 105th and a career-best 73rd in 2006. Andrew has been successful on both the European Tour and Challenge Tour.

  • Jamie Elson

    Jamie Elson

    Earned his a European Tour card for 2012 in dramatic fashion, holing a 40ft birdie putt at the final hole of the Qualifying School Final Stage to scrape into the top 30 on the mark. That was the second time he had come through the School, having taken the 15th card in 2009. Did not keep it in 2010, finishing 132nd in The Race to Dubai, and played a mixture of European Tour and Challenge Tour events in 2011. Became a vital cog in the 2001 Walker Cup team which defeated America 15-9. Elson took part in three matches, partnering Richard McEvoy to win one and a half points in their two foursomes matches, and took half a point in the final day singles. Turned professional in March 2003 and claimed his maiden title in his third start on the Challenge Tour at the Volvo Finnish Open. Added another six top tens to finish tenth on the Challenge Tour Rankings. Represented England at Boys, Youth and Senior levels between 1997 and 2002, was part of the 2000 winning Palmer Cup team which matches students from Great Britain and Europe against their American counterparts. Was also a part of the winning Great Britain and Ireland team against the Continent of Europe for the St Andrews Trophy in 2002, and that same year represented England alongside Gary Wolstenholme and Richard Walker in the Eisenhower Trophy...

  • Robert Coles

    Robert Coles

    Claimed the second and third Challenge Tour victories of his career in 2009 to secure a return to The European Tour for the second time via the Challenge Tour route and has retained his card ever since, finishing 104th in The Race to Dubai in 2012. Came close to winning his first European Tour title at the 2011 Avantha Masters, but narrowly missed out in the end to SSP Chowrasia.

  • James Heath

    James Heath

    Won the Second Qualifying Stage at Las Colinas before claiming the 12th card at the Final Stage at PGA Catalunya Resort to secure a return to The European Tour for the first time since 2007. Turned professional at the end of 2004 following a hugely successful amateur career in which he won the English Amateur Championship and the Lytham Trophy in 2004. Smashed the Lytham Trophy’s previous record score by ten clear strokes and achieved a total score which left him five shots better than Tom Lehman’s winning total in The 1996 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes. A protégé of Britain’s most successful golfer, Sir Nick Faldo, he won the prestigious Faldo Series in 2002 and became the first member of Team Faldo, such was the impression he made on the six time Major winner. Faldo continues to influence his career with help and advice. Joined The European Tour after a successful season on the 2006 Challenge Tour where he recorded his maiden professional win at the ECCO Tour Championship in Denmark en route to finishing 12th in the Rankings. James competed on the European Tour during 2014 & 2015.

  • Simon Edwards

    Simon Edwards

    Simon is the most prolific Beko Classic champion to date! Simon has qualified several times to compete in the Open Championship and has gained the honor of representing Great Britain & Ireland to compete against the USA in the PGA Cup.

  • Adam Gee

    Adam Gee

    Back for a second stint on The European Tour in 2014 after claiming a card at the Qualifying School Final Stage following a solid season on the Challenge Tour which culminated in 41st place in the Rankings. Adam Is making his debut appearance in this years Beko pro-Am.

  • Garrick Porteous

    Garrick Porteous

    turned professional in 2014 after a spectacular amateur career where he managed to capture the British Amateur title. Highlights of 2014 included playing in the U.S Masters and the Open Championship. Garrick has been competing on the European Challenge Tour for the 2015 season.

  • Joakim Rask

    Joakim Rask

    Joakim represented Sweden at national amateur level before turning professional and competing on the Nordic Tour. After Progressing to the Challenge Tour it didn’t take long before tasting success with three Challenge Tour wins under his belt to date. Joakim continues his career by playing on the 2015 Challenge Tour.

  • Marco Ruiz

    Marco Ruiz

    Marco lead the 2003 Open Championship after two rounds at Royal St.Georges, an experience he still counts as one of the highlights of his professional career. Gained his full European Tour card in 2006. In 2008 Marco won his first title on the European Challenge Tour, the 102 Abierto VISA de la Republica presented by Peugeot.

  • Christopher Mivis

    Christopher Mivis

    Christopher is from Belgium and has competed on the European Challenge Tour for the last two years and will continue to do so in 2016 with the hope of progressing to the European Tour.

  • Peter Gustafsson

    Peter Gustafsson

    Secured a return to The European Tour at the 2011 Qualifying School Final Stage, banishing the memories of near misses in previous seasons. In 2009 he finished 21st in the Challenge Tour Rankings, missing out on promotion by one spot, and the following two seasons ended with 29th place finishes in the Rankings. Will hope to rediscover the form of 2005, when he enjoyed a wonderful rookie season, finishing 46th in the Order of Merit having come second on two occasions, at the Jazztel Open de España en Andalucia, where he lost a play-off, and at the Omega European Masters. Slipped to 100th place in 2006 and lost his card in 2007. His career was interrupted by sciatica in 2001, but he climbed his way back to the top through the tiers – coming through the Nordic League to the Challenge Tour to The European Tour. Instantly recognisable on the course due to his love of multi-coloured sun hats.

  • Simon Wakefield

    Simon Wakefield

    Finished 134th in The Race to Dubai in 2013, but put that disappointment behind him to secure an immediate return to The European Tour by claiming the 13th card at the Qualifying School Final Stage. That was the fourth time he had successfully negotiated the School, and he has also twice graduated from the Challenge Tour Rankings, most recently in 2012. Was unlucky to lose his playing privileges in 2011, finishing 124th despite being runner-up in the Austrian Open, where he lost a play-off to Kennie Ferrie. Won the Qualifying School Final Stage in 2010, and in 2008 tied for 19th at The Open Championship having briefly challenged for the lead. Won the Tessali Open del Sud in 2002 and the Dimension Data Pro-Am at Sun City in South Africa in 2005.

  • Carlos Rodiles

    Carlos Rodiles

    Previously consolidated his place on The European Tour in 2007 having been the joint winner of the 2006 Qualifying School – Final Stage with Brazilian Alexandre Rocha. Was given the honour of Card Number One thanks to a better closing round over the New Course at San Roque. Has played on The European Tour going closest to his maiden victory in 2003 when Fredrik Jacobson beat him in a play-off for the Volvo Masters.

  • Bjorn Petersson

    Bjorn Petersson

    Has competed on both the Challenge Tour and European tour for the last eleven seasons and although hasn’t yet claimed a title although has come close on four occasions, Bjorn has managed to win seven events on the Swedish Tour.

  • Pontus Widegren

    Pontus Widegren

    turned pro in 2013 with a handicap of plus 5 and finished the challenge tour season 43rd in the order of merit. Has competed both on the Challenge Tour and European Tour.

  • Steven Jeppssen

    Steven Jeppssen

    as an amateur turned professional with a handicap of plus 5. Secured a return to The European Tour by finishing sixth on the 2005 Challenge Tour Rankings, largely in part to six top five finishes over the course of a highly consistent season. Cemented his place on Tour in 2006 by finishing 103rd on the Order of Merit, but had to go through Qualifying School – Final Stage to secure his playing rights for 2010. Played for the Swedish National team as an amateur and won on his first outing for the team, at the Junior British Open at Crail in 2000.

  • Steven Tiley

    Steven Tiley

    Attended Georgia State University before turning professional in 2008. He has played in Asia and Europe, and first hit the headlines after shooting a round of 66 on the opening day of The 139th Open Championship, only to be overshadowed by Rory McIlroy, who went three shots lower. Has won three times on the third tier Jamega Pro Golf Tour in the UK, and also won the Egyptian Open in 2009, a year before the event joined the Challenge Tour schedule. Saw off a field which included Europe’s 2010 Ryder Cup Captain Colin Montgomerie at the JW Marriott Mirage City Golf Club in the Egyptian capital Cairo, where the windy conditions and links-style layout were similar to his home club, Royal Cinque Ports.

  • Gareth Wright

    Gareth Wright

    Turned professional back in 2005 with a handicap of plus 5. Has competed in events on both the European Tour & Challenge tour. Gareth played in the Open Championship in 2013 and other than Jamie Donaldson was the only other Welshman to make the cut. The highlight of Gareth’s 2015 season was to first make the PGA Cup Team but then to go ahead and win the cup against America on American soil.

  • Graham Fox

    Graham Fox

    Graham has held both European Tour playing rights as well as Challenge Tour playing rights and has competed between both tours. Graham was part of the 2015 PGA Cup Team that successfully beat the U.S.A in dramatic style on American soil.

  • Benn Barham

    Benn Barham

    Turned professional in 1996, and in 2008 he claimed his highest European Tour finish with third place in the Inteco Russian Open Golf Championship, one of two top fives of the season. It was the third successive season he had retained his playing privileges on The European Tour. Benn has also won twice on the Challenge Tour. Benn has also represented GB & I in the PGA Cup Team against the U.S.A.