As Day 2 of the 2021 U.S. Open wraps up, there’s a title atop the leaderboard that many will discover unfamiliar.
England’s Richard Bland is tied for the lead on the U.S. Open at 5 beneath par via his first 36 holes. He posted a 4-under 67 Friday afternoon at Torrey Pines and led for a lot of the day. Russell Henley briefly handed him however finally completed tied with Bland.
Bland is probably not a well known title, however he has been round some time. Here is a take a look at how the 48-year-old’s profession to this point has performed out as he seems to be for his first win in a serious.
Who’s Richard Bland?
Bland has been an expert golfer since 1996. In 1998, he earned his card on the Problem Tour. He certified for the European Tour with a win at the 2001 Problem Tour Grand Remaining. Since then, Bland has been a fixture on the European stage.
He has struggled at instances to earn sufficient prize cash to remain on the European Tour however has managed to stay within the competitors. In 2004, 2008 and 2019, Bland was in a position to regain his European Tour card by ending excessive sufficient in the Problem Tour rankings. He did the identical at qualifying faculty in 2007 and 2011.
Regardless of taking part in on the European Tour for practically 20 years, Bland was unable to win an occasion till this 12 months. He earned that first victory on the Betfred British Masters on Might 15.
Bland turned the oldest first-time winner within the historical past of the European Tour, in the 478th begin of his profession. Solely Malcolm MacKenzie had extra begins (509) earlier than incomes his first European Tour victory.
However even earlier than successful, Bland had no complaints about his profession.
“I believe any beginner golfer would most likely give their proper arm to play it as a residing,” Bland stated, per Jay Hart of Yahoo Sports activities. “I believe they may assume one thing completely different in the event that they did play it for a residing, however yeah, I’ve at all times . . . considered it as I am very lucky that I can journey the world and play among the finest programs on the earth and among the greatest tournaments on the earth.
“I am definitely not taking a look at my profession simply now as form of lack of success or something like that. I simply really feel privileged that I can do what I can do.”
Has Richard Bland ever received a serious match?
Richard Bland has by no means received a serious match throughout his profession. Although he has been an expert golfer since 1996 and has lengthy been on the European Tour, the 2021 U.S. Open is simply the fourth main match Bland has participated in throughout his profession.
The very best that Bland has performed, to this point, is a T-22 end at The Open Championship in 2017. Here is a quick historical past of his ends in these tournaments.
What’s Richard Bland’s internet price?
In line with the European Tour web site, Bland has taken residence just below €6 million throughout his profession. That interprets to about $7 million U.S. in whole winnings.
As such, it is smart that Bland’s internet price is estimated between $3 million and $5 million.