Residence: Hull, UK
Richard started playing golf at the age of 10 at his local municipal course after an uncle lent him some cut down clubs. He was inspired to take up the game seriously by the epic Masters victory of Sandy Lyle in 1988. Richard represented England at amateur level for 5 years from 1999-2004. He won the Spanish Amateur Open Championship in 2000 and became English Amateur Champion in 2002. He turned professional in 2003 and earned his card through the European Tour Qualifying School in 2004.
Richard came close to winning the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year award in 2005. He finished 60th on the Order of Merit that year which is his best finish to date. Finch picked up his first professional win at the 2007 Michael Hill New Zealand Open. After surviving a nail-biting end to the 2007 season when he left it until his final event before climbing into the all important top-115. A 7th place in the Mallorca Classic assured him of his card for the 2008 season.
His maiden victory came just 3 events later at the start of the 2008 season. He achieved further success at The Irish Open where he provided one of the great moments of the 2008 season. He held a 3 stroke lead going down the 72nd hole of the Adare Manor Hotel and Golf Resort. He over-hit his lay-up shot onto the edge of the bank of the River Maigue. He opted to play his third shot to the green from the riverbank. He conjured up a fine approach to the green but took an impromptu victory dip in the river. He was fished out by his caddie and closed out a 2 stroke win.
Richard Finch Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Richard Finch throughout his career
Richard Finch Tournament History
2008 BMW PGA Championship
22-25 May - BMW PGA Championship - Wentworth Club. Miguel Angel Jiménez completed the BMW treble when he won the BMW PGA Championship with a birdie on the second hole of a play-off to deny England’s Oliver Wilson his maiden European Tour title. Jiménez, who won both the 2004 BMW Asian Open and the 2004 BMW International Open, became the first player to claim the BMW ‘grand slam’ when he tapped in for a winning birdie after tying Wilson with a final round of four under par 68to finish on -11 after 72 holes.
In Richard Finch's bag...An opening round of 75, followed by a 71 was not good enough to make the cut. Richard is one of Nike’s growing stable of Tour players. He played the Nike SQ Sumo 5000 and Nike Sumo 2 fairway woods (# 3 and #5). His irons were also from Nike and are their premium Nike Forged Blade (2-P). Richard complimented these with a pair of Nike SV Tour wedges (53˚ and 60˚). His putter, like many of his fellow Tour pros was a Scotty Cameron.
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