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Matthew Baldwin

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (32) / 2/25/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 174

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Matthew Baldwin was one of the seven first-round leaders at the Belgian Knockout after carding 67 and he backed that up with a 1-under-par 36-34=70 in Friday's second round to end his opening 36 holes at Rinkven International on 5-under 137.
That's job done for the Englishman with the top 64 at halfway contesting a different format (head-to-head matchplay knockout over nine holes) on the weekend. The top 16 have the additional benefit of automatically progressing if their last 64 match ends in a tie so Baldwin is looking good for that too given his current position of T5, three behind leader Jorge Campillo. He continued his progress today with gains at 3 and 5 although there was a slight wobble as he swallowed bogeys at 6 and 9 to turn in 36. There were no mistakes coming home though and he added a further birdie at 12. May 18 - 8:05 AM

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Matthew Baldwin twirled a 4-under-par 31-36=67 in round one of the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International GC in Antwerp, making him one of five joint-leaders on the live leaderboard with the afternoon session still in play. UPDATE: He ended in a 7-way tie for T1

That impressive lap puts him T1 in the clubhouse with Nico Geyger and Gavin Green while Jorge Campillo (17) and Jeff Winther (12) are yet to finish. It looked as if Baldwin would lead on his own after he headed to his final hole, the ninth, at 5-under but he dropped his only shot of the day there. Previously, he'd made four birdies on his opening nine (10, 11, 15 and 16) and added a final circle of the day at 4 on a quieter second nine. Baldwin has cashed in five of his last six starts and one other little note is that he has good previous memories of this venue having finished T8 here when it staged the 2005 European Amateur Championship. That good display 13 years ago left him just one shot behind a certain Rory McIlroy. "I've been hitting the ball really nicely so it was definitely in there. It's just I putted really well today," he said.
May 17 - 11:34 AM

After recording his first top 10 on the European Tour since 2014 when T10 in last week's Qatar Masters, Matthew Baldwin should have a spring in his step at the Tshwane Open.

Baldwin had two top fives in the space of three starts at the Irish and French Opens that season while also finishing runner-up in the Nelson Mandela Championship to show he can flourish in South Africa. It's been a tough few years since due to injury and a subsequent loss of form but the 32-year-old is showing some promising signs again. Baldwin was T19 in December's Joburg Open (another positive for location form) and his top 10 in Qatar came via consistent scores of 68-70-68-69. He's 0-for-2 at this week's venue, Pretoria CC, but those events came when he was struggling. His other South African results (five top 25s, including two top fives) down the years indicate that he could be one to watch here.
Feb 28 - 7:56 AM

Matthew Baldwin is down at 996 in the world rankings after injury and loss of form but he's on track for a good week in the Joburg Open at Randpark Golf Club thanks to a first-round 7-under-par 32-32=64 putting him just one behind early clubhouse leader Keenan Davidse.

The Englishman, perhaps boosted by watching his Liverpool team win 7-0 in the Champions League on Wednesday night, made a storming start with eagle-3 at the Bushwillow Course's opening hole and then went birdie-bogey-birdie at the next three. His following 12 holes produced 11 pars but also another eagle, this time at the 12th. The 31-year-old moved to within a shot of the lead thanks to a pair of closing birdies. Baldwin has missed his last five cuts in South Africa but did finish runner-up at the 2013 Nelson Mandela Championship. He now heads to the tougher Firethorn Course in round two.
Thu, Dec 7, 2017 05:19:00 AM

Matthew Baldwin is resetting the foundations of his career in the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre this week.

After three solid years on the main tour (2012-14) Baldwin's career was jolted by injury in 2015 and he lost his card the following season. A year on the Challenge Tour fell short but he squeezed a card at Qualifying School (T25). Opportunities in 2018 will be rare therefore every one must be taken. He missed this event in 2015 and 2016. The first coincided with the start of his injury/form woes which at one point saw him play 25 tournaments and make just one cut. His best golf has witnessed top fives in South Africa (this event is tri-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour), in the wind of linksland, and in far-flung spots (India, Morocco, Colombia), but a really good week would be hard to call with any confidence.
Tue, Nov 28, 2017 03:47:00 PM

Matthew Baldwin will play on an invite during this week’s Lyoness Open hosted by the Diamond CC in Atzenbrugg near Vienna.

This will be the Englishman’s fourth appearance in the tournament and on the course, and he has fond memories of his first two visits. In 2013 rounds of 71-66-71 had him T10 with 18 holes to play before a 74 saw him drift back to T25. A year later 68-73-70 had him even closer with Sunday to come: he was T5 but a 72 left him T12. Last year he missed the cut, but there has to be promise in those early efforts, and he can call on the memory of two top 25 on the Challenge Tour in Austria as well. He lost his card last year and is flitting between the main tour and Challenge circuit this term. He was T9 in the Kenya Open and three weeks ago a quarter finalist in the Andalucia Match Play.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 12:02:00 PM

Matthew Baldwin's bid to keep his European Tour card got off to an excellent start as he produced an eight-birdie 7-under-par 32-32=64 in the opening round of the Portugal Masters.

The Englishman is one of those drinking in the last-chance saloon this week and needs a top two finish to retain his playing privileges. After two opening pars, he made his move today by connecting three birdies from Nos. 12-14 and added another at the par-5 17th. He splashed further red at 1, 2 and 5 before dropping his only shot of the day at the long par-4 7th. Unperturbed, Baldwin hit back with a walk-off birdie at 9 to make it a four-way tie at the top alongside David Lipsky, Mikko Korhonen and Callum Shinkwin. The 30-year-old finds himself in this position after failing to register a single top 10 this season. However, that's something he managed at this venue last year when shooting three 69s and a 66 to post T9. That should give him the confidence to know his late bid for a reprieve might just be successful.
Thu, Oct 20, 2016 11:37:00 AM

Matthew Baldwin was tied fifth in last year's Joburg Open and returns to Royal Johannesburg & Kensington for another crack.

Four rounds in the 60s, including a closing 67, gave the Englishman a second straight top five on South African soil after he'd finished runner-up in the Nelson Mandela Championship the previous December. He also showed his liking for these early-season co-sanctioned events in SA with a top 15 in March's Tshwane Open so he's a viable option for gamers this week. So far in 2015 he's 3-for-5 with a best of T23 in at the Qatar Masters. He was also just three off the pace at the halfway mark of the True Thailand Classic on his last start before dropping back to T60 at the finish.
Wed, Feb 25, 2015 07:03:00 AM

Matthew Baldwin surged up to tied sixth in the True Thailand Classic after signing for a 5-under-par 34-33=67 on day two.

The Englishman showed flickers of form again with a T23 in Qatar and is showing up strongly here after reaching 8-under 136 at the midpoint -- just three off the lead. Baldwin is basing his challenge so far on strong iron play and has hit 14 greens in regulation in both rounds. He's also shown a tidy short game and is 7-for-8 in scrambling. The 28-year-old started today's lap with three straight birdies from the 10th and buried three more on his second nine. His only blemish came at the 16th.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 05:56:00 AM

Matthew Baldwin is on course for a first top 10 since July after posting a 2-under-par 35-35=70 in the third round of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters.

Baldwin has missed seven of his last 13 cuts and managed just one finish better than T39 in that period but is enjoying his week in Doha after moving to 8-under 208. That makes him just five off the pace with 18 to play. The Englishman returned a colorful card on Friday with six birdies and four bogeys. The quartet of blemishes came at two, six, 11 and 13 and meant he couldn't cash in on the birdies he authored at one, eight, nine, 10, 14 and 16. Baldwin was T22 in this event last year and has cashed on both his starts in Doha.
Fri, Jan 23, 2015 08:07:00 AM