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Richard Sterne

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (35) / 8/27/1981
Ht / Wt:  5'7' / 150

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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. Dec 4 - 7:43 AM

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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.
Nov 14 - 3:11 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.
Nov 8 - 5:39 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.
Oct 14 - 12:19 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.
Oct 13 - 1:27 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.
Oct 12 - 4:05 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.
Oct 9 - 12:49 PM

Richard Sterne went on an early birdie blitz which gives him an outside chance of victory in the 2016 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after his third round 7-under-par 32-33=65.

The South African has a 54-hole total of 13-under 203 which leaves him T3 with Joakim Lagergren, four shots adrift of the leader Tyrrell Hatton. He made a fast start Saturday, ticking red at 1, 3, 6 and 7, then adding three more in four holes at 10, 12 and 13. He looked set to get closer to Hatton's lead, but failed to birdie the par-5 14th or the short par-4 18th. He's made four top tens whis season and is seeking a first European Tour win since the 2013 Joburg Open. He's twice finished T6 in this event, in 2003 and 2014.
Oct 8 - 11:28 AM

Richard Sterne lost momentum on his back nine at Kingsbarns and had to settle for a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in round two of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

The South African is five behind clubhouse leader Ross Fisher after a pair of 69s but he'll be disappointed not to be closer after reaching the turn in 32 today via birdies at 3 and 9 along with an eagle-3 at 6. His progress stalled with two bogeys (10 and 17) against a sole circle at 14 on the back nine, a par at the last seeing him slot in at 6-under 138 at the midpoint. Sterne, who has twice finished T6 in this event (2003 and 2014), will now look to launch a weekend charge with two hot rounds over the Old Course at St. Andrews.
Oct 7 - 10:59 AM

It is 13 years since Richard Sterne made his Italian Open debut, he'll be hoping it is not unlucky 13 at Golf Club Milano.

This week marks only his fourth start in the storied tournament, and two of those were over a decade ago. Results of T36-MC-T46 in 2003, 2004 and 2012 are not poor, but something has made Sterne reluctant to add the event to the schedule – perhaps the increased prize fund has helped change that this year. He's enjoyed a solid summer with four results of T13 or better. What has stopped him claiming a win might be his inability to get his long and short game in sync in the same week: his stats suggest that when his ball-striking is good the putter isn't, and vice versa. 70th on the Race to Dubai he needs a couple of good weeks to book his place in the DP Tour World Championship at season's end.
Sep 13 - 10:19 AM

Richard Sterne plotted his way round Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to post a second round 4-under-par 33-34=67 which gave him a halfway total of 9-under 133, enough to lead the morning starters at lunch on day two of the Made in Denmark tournament.

The South African holds a one shot advantage over fellow finisher Tom Lewis, but when he signed his card Bradley Dredge was ahead of him on the course at 10-under. Sterne started his round on fire, making birdie at 1 and 4 before adding an eagle-3 at the short par-5 6th. He squared 7 and 10 but back-to-back circled holes at the 15th and 16th took him clear. He is seeking a sixth top 15 result of the season and although it is his event debut he was T3 in the Challenge Tour's Danish Open back in 2002. Should he lead at the end of the day it will be only the third time he has done so on the European Tour - and both previous occasions came in one fortnight in 2013, when T2 in the Dubai Desert Classic and winner of the Joburg Open.
Aug 26 - 8:32 AM

Despite hitting just 3-of-14 fairways, Richard Sterne posted a 5-under-par 34-32=66 in his opening lap of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

The South African recovered by finding 15 greens in regulation and ended the first day just four shots behind leading trio Thomas Pieters, Joachim Lagergren and Tom Lewis. Sterne started with a bogey at 10 but that was the only blemish on his Thursday scorecard. He balanced the books immediately with a birdie at 11 and circled further red at 3 and 6. His best moment came via an eagle-3 at No. 4. Sterne has three top 15s in his last seven starts but all came after he'd carded 71 or higher in round one. He'll hope to cash on this fast start which sees him T8 on the leaderboard.
Aug 25 - 2:47 PM

Richard Sterne fashioned a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during round one of The 145th Open, currently two strokes back of Patrick Reed at the top.

The South African traded five birdies with two bogeys, all taking place between the par-5 fourth and par-4 13th holes. It came down to opportunity today, as he landed 12 greens in regulation to give himself plenty of birdie looks. Sterne entered the week with a 3-for-7 record at The Open, with nothing better than a T21 (2013). With top 10s in three of his last four starts on the European Tour, form is winning out over tournament history early on.
Jul 14 - 10:47 AM

This week marks Richard Sterne's tenth start in the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

After a catastrophic 1-for-18 season on the PGA Tour in 2015, the South African - who is forever subject to the whim and fancy of his back troubles - has recuperated on the European stage. Four top 15 finishes have helped him to 83rd in the Race to Dubai rankings, with the most recent last week in France when he opened with 76 to lie T120, but raced through the field with 68-70-69 to end the week T11. He’s 15-for-23 in Scotland with 3 top 10 finishes, including his best - T4 in this event at Loch Lomond on 2007. His sole visit to Castle Stuart Golf Links in 2013 earned him a T31 with rounds that got progressively worse: 67-69-71-74.
Jul 5 - 10:45 AM

Richard Sterne returns to Le Golf National for the 100th Open de France.

Back in 2013 the South African headed into the final round tied for the lead with Graeme McDowell. Sterne closed with a creditable level-par round of 71 for solo second, but the Northern Irishman left him behind with a 67. He has plenty of background knowledge of the course and is 7-for-10. Six of those weekends have reaped T37 or better so he’s a solid play, but 2013 was something of an exception in that it is the only time he has finished in the top 10, but he has ranked top 5 for All Round stats on 3 separate occasions. Form-wise a T10 at the Irish Open backed up 2 top 10 efforts in South Africa earlier in the season, but he missed the cut in both of his last 2 starts - the BMW PGA Championship and St Jude Classic.
Jun 28 - 5:22 AM