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Richard Sterne

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (36) / 8/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 150

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Richard Sterne needs a lift from his sedate current and course form as he heads to this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC in Qatar.
It's never quite happened for the short South African at this venue. It's not so much that he has big problems with the layout, more that he hasn't found the secret to going low. He's 3-for-5 with weekend finishes of T21-T27-T33, but only one of his 16 laps has been sub-70 and that was nothing more dramatic than 68. His form is about the same: on a run of 19-for-21 having played four rounds in his last 13 starts yet only once creeping inside the top ten (T9 in the European Masters). Ranked eighth for Ball Striking whilst T37 in last week's NBO Oman Open. Feb 20 - 3:47 AM

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Richard Sterne will seek to utilise his extensive experience when he tees it up in the Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis course at Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates this week.

At first glance the South African's record has only one standout effort (when T2 in 2013) and one half-decent shot (T16 in 2006). Otherwise, whilst 9-for-11 (the missed cuts came on debut in 2003 and last year), he has never finished better than T33. But there is a curio within that log book: For the first three years of his visits he struggled in round one (76-73-72) and did so again last year (73). In between, however, he always broke 70, was T4 after 18 holes in 2011 and 2012, and led following a 62 in 2013. He's also made two quick starts this year: 67 for T4 in the South African Open (T20) and 68 for T8 last week in Abu Dhabi (T19).
Jan 23 - 8:38 AM

Former winner Richard Sterne birdied his opening three holes and posted a 5-under-par 32-35=67 in round one of the BMW South African Open at Glendower, good enough for T4 on the leaderboard and two behind frontrunners Branden Grace and Chase Koepka.

Sterne took this title at Pearl Valley in December 2008 and has had four top 25s in his five appearances in the event since that triumph. Today, the South African produced early roars from the home fans with a trio of birdies straight out of the gate and he added another at 8 to turn in 4-under. He dropped his only shot of the day at 12 but bounced back with red circles at 13 and 14 to secure his place in the top five after the opening lap. Sterne piped 9 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 fairways and took 26 putts in his opener.
Jan 11 - 1:23 PM

Richard Sterne accelerated into contention at the Omega European Masters with 5-under-par 34-31=65 to total 7-under 133 at the halfway stage in Crans-sur-Sierre GC.

As noted in previews, the South African has a solid but largely unspectacular record at Crans. Indeed this is likely to be only the second time in 28 rounds at the course that he has been ranked inside the top ten at the end of a round. But that he is in this position is entirely down to his form on the final 12 holes of the layout. On Friday he started from the first and squared No. 4, to add to the three dropped shots he made on holes one to six yesterday. He made a double bogey-5 at eight in round one and a bogey-6 at the 14th in round two, but holes 7 to 18 also witnessed 14 birdies – seven in each lap. On both days he has ticked 7, 9, 12, 15, 17 and 18. At the week’s second time of asking he also circled 10. He lunched in a tie for fourth, two swings back of the clubhouse lead of Thongchai Jaidee.
Fri, Sep 8, 2017 07:52:00 AM

Richard Sterne has a solid but unspectacular record at the very spectacular Crans Montana, host town of this week’s Omega European Masters.

Sterne has never had any difficulty driving the ball well in Crans, but he’s yet to translate it into a genuine title challenge. Twice, in 2008 and 2012 he has ranked first for Total Driving, and his figures have always been strong, but the stats that matter (strokes and ranking on the leaderboard) have been less impressive. He’s 5-for-8 with two top 30s, but nothing better than T13. On only one occasion, after a second round 64 in 2003 which left him T6, has he ranked top ten at the end of any of the 26 rounds he’s played there. He made back-to-back top 20s in the Scottish and European Opens, missed the cut in the PGA championship and then had a curious week at the Made in Denmark, opening with an 82 and then adding a nice, but fruitless, 69.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 08:58:00 AM

With the low round of the day, a 6-under-par 33-33=66, Richard Sterne surged 34 spots up the leaderboard to T4 through 54 holes of the Porsche European Open in Germany.

At 9-under 207, that's three swings behind leader Jordan Smith of England. With the tournament still playing catch-up after rain delays Friday, Sterne teed off from 10th teed on Saturday and, after an opening par, splashed red circles at 11, 12, 15, 16 and 17 to leap out of the chasing pack. He was calmer after that and played his next stretch of eight holes in 1-over. But the South African wasn't finished yet and ended his lap of the North Course at Green Eagle GC in Hamburg with a pair of closing birdies at 8 and 9. Sterne was T19 in the Scottish Open on his latest start so had some confidence coming in after a lean spell.
Sat, Jul 29, 2017 12:57:00 PM

Richard Sterne rekindled some memories of old at Barseback Golf & Country Club to post a 5-under-par 34-34=68 in Friday's second round at the Nordea Masters, advancing 66 spots up the live leaderboard to T6.

At 3-under 143, the South African is just two swings behind clubhouse leaders Max Orrin and Graeme Storm having started the day in danger of missing the cut. Sterne's last visit to Barseback resulted in a third place finish back in 2006. There were no signs of his liking for the coastal Swedish course in an opening 75 but he found some of the magic from 11 years ago today. He set the tone with an opening birdie and also ticked the par 5s at 5 and 9, dropping a shot in between at 8. Sterne opened his second nine with back-to-back circles at 10 and 11, signed for six straight pars and then produced a walk-off birdie to complete an excellent day's work.
Fri, Jun 2, 2017 08:13:00 AM

Richard Sterne tees it up for just the fifth time in the calendar year of 2017 when he returns to Barseback Golf & Country Club for the Nordea Masters.

Sterne was an eye-catching third there on his last appearance, the problem being that it was 11 years ago so gamers need to decide how useful that might be. The memories are also positive from his previous start in this tournament when he hung up T7 at Bro Hof Slott. Again, there is a caveat as it was five years ago. The South African has endured numerous injuries since then and his limited action this year suggests he's not able to play a full schedule. His last spark came at his home Alfred Dunhill Championship when he was runner-up but since then his results read 68-72-MC-MC. The most recent came at last week's BMW PGA Championship although he did open up with a 69 at Wentworth.
Wed, May 31, 2017 07:53:00 AM

Richard Sterne completed a flawless final lap of Leopard Creek CC, carding 5-under-par 33-34=67, good for solo second on 15-under 273, but fully seven shots behind Brandon Stone, winner of the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Championship.

The 2008 winner of this event proved once again that it's the perfect start to any season for him, as he notched a 9th top 30 finish in 15 visits. It also marks a peculiar sponsor double in that the 35-year-old was also second in October's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. His Sunday circuit got off to the perfect start with birdies at the 1st and 3rd. Six pars followed before he began the journey through the back nine in the same style, with red at 10 and 12. A final par breaker came at the par-three 16th. It was a fine performance, but in truth he was never in contention for the title.
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 07:43:00 AM

Richard Sterne slots in at 37th on the Race to Dubai as he prepares to peg it up again in the DP World Tour Championship.

Despite injuries, dips in form and attempts to try and break America, the South African has still managed to play in three of the last four European Tour finales. Two of those were T51 (2012 and 2014) but he did post T14 in this event in 2013 after carding three straight 70s and a closing 68. He returns on the back of T20 in last week's Nedbank Golf Challenge while in October the 35-year-old was second at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and T9 in the British Masters. He's also a former runner-up in the Dubai Desert Classic, that result in 2013 helping him finish 8th on the Race to Dubai. Sterne's current 37th is a position he's only beaten twice since his first full season at this level in 2003.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 03:11:00 PM

Richard Sterne will tee it up at the Gary Player Country Club in Sun City, South Africa for the seventh time this week - but just the third in the Nedbank Golf Challenge.

The 36-year-old played the course four times in the Dimension Data Pro-am, a regular Sunshine Tour event over ten years ago, and has twice teed it up in this event. Five of the results were top 40 without once of them ever being top ten. His career has been something of a curio. He had seven strong years on the European Tour (always top 80), before missing two years through injury, he returned to peg three years in the top 50 (including a best of eighth in the rankings), then last year he tried the PGA TOUR and lost his card. This year six top tens have helped him to 36th, reiterating that he's solid at this level. He is also strong on home soil: four wins in 40 starts in European Tour co-sanctioned events, with a total of 24 top 30s.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 05:39:00 AM

Richard Sterne continued to ride the wave at The Grove, adding a 3-under-par 33-35=68 second round to his first round 66 for a halfway total of 8-under 134 at the British Masters.

The South African has not recorded back-to-back top ten finishes on the European Tour since January 2013, but he has every chance of doing so this week after continuing the hot form which saw him finished second last week in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. T39 the week before in the Porsche European Open, he has now notched 9 straight rounds in the 60s. His effort Friday started with a par-birdie-bogey run from the first before he made a move with red numbers at 5, 8 and 11. There was a second bogey of the day at the par-three 13th, which he had birdied in round one, before he got the shot back at the par-five 15th. When he signed his card he was T7 on the leaderboard, two shots back of the clubhouse leaders Alex Noren and Andrew Johnston.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 12:19:00 PM

Richard Sterne notched a flawless first round of 5-under-par 33-33=66 to join Mikko Ilonen, Tommy Fleetwood and Marc Warren in a four-way tie after 18 holes of the British Masters at The Grove.

The South African cruised St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie last week to finish runner-up in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and he stayed flush in that vein of form Thursday. Like Kingsbarns. The Grove is a Kyle Phillips design and Sterne felt right at home. He opened his account on the back nine and made three birdies at 13, 16 and 18. He made it a hat-trick of par breakers with more red at 1 and 2 before reeling off 7 straight pars to the scorer's hut. The South African does not have the strongest record in England, but does boast two top six finishes in the BMW PGA Championship, his only top 20 efforts in 23 starts in the country.
Thu, Oct 13, 2016 01:27:00 PM

Richard Sterne was T2 in last week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and will hope to keep that form going when he pegs it up in the British Masters at The Grove.

The South African heads south to England after shooting 19-under in Scotland, a closing 66 not enough to reel in eventual winner Tyrrell Hatton. Still, that result lifted Sterne to 35th in the Race to Dubai and punched his ticket all the way through to the season-closing DP World Tour Championship next month. He didn't play this event when it returned to the schedule last year but did take part from 2003-2008, making just two cuts in six tries. His most notable finishes on English soil have come in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth with third place in 2007 and sixth in 2012. Last week's strong showing means he now has four top 15s in his last nine European Tour starts.
Wed, Oct 12, 2016 04:05:00 AM

Richard Sterne thrashed The Old Course at St. Andrews in the final round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, but his 6-under-par 33-33=66 could only get him into a tie for second, four behind the winner Tyrrell Hatton on 19-under 271.

The South African has now logged back-to-back top six finishes in the tournament, having been T6 two years ago (he missed last year's renewal). He was also T6 13 years ago so is no stranger to succeeding in the unique test of links golf and patience with amateur partners. This result also counts as his best of the season, usurping his T4 in the Tshwane Open (and is easily his most lucrative). It's also a fifth top ten in a year in which he has recuperated following a chastening attempt to crack the PGA Tour in 2015. His final round took off with a birdie-3 at the fourth and another at the sixth (he missed out at the easy par-5 fifth). He repeated the birdie-par-birdie streak at 10-11-12 before adding a birdie-4 at No. 14. His final move was to make one of only 5 birdie-3s at the 17th hole, thanks to a chip-in from short of the green, confirming his T2 status alongside Ross Fisher.
Sun, Oct 9, 2016 12:49:00 PM