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Raphaël Jacquelin

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 5/8/1974
Ht / Wt:  5'11 / 163

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Raphael Jacquelin is having to call on the past for a start in this week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage GC, Domaine de Bel Ombre.
Last season was a 20th on the European Tour for the Frenchman, in which time he had 11 times finished top 50 in the rankings and yet it was a sad double decade: he toiled to 156th in the Race to Dubai, failing to turn four top 20s into top tens. As a consequence he plays this week only courtesy of the career money list and his tournament debut stands as something of a marker for the state of his golf. Previously it (and the prize fund) was small beer to him, this week it is a precious opportunity. He's won on holiday islands before (the 2011 Sicilian Open, he contended there again this year), but it's a tenuous notion that it'll help this week. The simpler truth is that he has four European Tour wins so his best golf will be good enough if he can discover it. Tue, Nov 28, 2017 03:47:00 PM

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He took his time, but Raphael Jacquelin finally won a head-to-head clash, defeating David Drysdale 2-up in round one of the Paul Lawrie Match Play in Germany.

The Frenchman had previously played in five different matchplay tournaments, losing every one of his singles matches, including a 2&1 loss to Seve Benson 12 months ago in this event. But at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach in Bavaria he broke his duck. He hit the turn 2-up thanks to three winning birdies at 2, 5 and 7 (he conceded the sixth with a bogey). Drysdale then made four birdies in the first six holes after the turn, three of them for wins, to totally turn the tide of the match, but there was to be a late twist of fate as Jacquelin stared down the barrel of another early exit – and it was all Drysdale’s doing. He made bogey at both 16 and 17 before conceding the final hole. Jacquelin will play Robert Rock in round two, but still needs to sort his matchplay game out.
Thu, Aug 17, 2017 09:30:00 AM

Raphael Jacquelin was a spectator for last week's Open Championship; he returns to action in the Porsche European Open and will be looking to cash for the first time in seven starts.

The Frenchman has never offered consistency and we're seeing that this season. Since February, he's missed nine of 12 cuts, including each of the last six, but his other three results in that period are all top 20s to remind us that he can be a useful option. Jacquelin has enjoyed three top fours in Germany down the years, the latest T4 in 2016's BMW International Open. This event switched to German soil in 2015 and he's posted T24 and T36 although, as with the majority of the field, this will be his first look at Green Eagle GC.
Wed, Jul 26, 2017 03:45:00 AM

Raphael Jacquelin smoothed a sensational round of 9-under-par 31-31=62 to hit the 36-hole mark of The Rocco Forte Open at Verdura GC on 11-under 131, four back of the leader Alvaro Quiros.

The Frenchman has had contrasting fortunes on his previous two visits to the island of Sicily. In 2011 he won the Sicily Open at Donnafuguta GC, but 12 months later missed the cut on this course during his defense. No such problems this Friday as he improved seven shots on his first round score. He opened in magnificent style with five red numbers at 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, before a bogey at six threatened to bring him back to earth with a bump. He ticked nine to complete one good nine, then notched four more on the back nine at 11, 12, 14 and 16 to confirm a move of 68 places up the leaderboard to T6.
Fri, May 19, 2017 12:54:00 PM

Raphaël Jacquelin recovered from a slow start to hang up a 5-under-par 35-32=67 in round one of the Volvo China Open, slotting in at T3 on the leaderboard.

That's four swings behind compatriot Alexander Levy on a good day for the French at Topwin Golf & CC. Jacquelin has missed his last three cuts on the European Tour but showed a hint of better form with a second-round 69 in last week's Shenzhen International. There were no early signs that he'd finish so highly today after he opened with four pars and a bogey-5 at 14 but after that he picked off six birdies in his final 13 holes. The 42-year-old started his count at 15 and added another at 18 to get under par for the day. After the turn he added four more, ticking the par 5s at 4 and 8 and posting red at 1 and 5. He finished T56 in this event last year.
Thu, Apr 27, 2017 05:50:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin shot his lowest first round in 19 starts at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters, a 5-under-par 32-35=67 that left him three behind leader Bradley Dredge and T6 after day one.

The Frenchman hadn't even managed to break par in his last seven appearances and that had led to five missed cuts. However, he has tasted success at Doha GC and finished third back in 2004 and T8 the following year. He'll hope to crack the top 10 again after today's opener which included an eagle at 18. That completed a first nine of 4-under which also featured birdies at 10, 12 and 16 against a single bogey at 15. Jacquelin dropped another shot at 3 but responded with birdies at 4 and 5. The veteran, who missed the cut in Abu Dhabi last week, last broke 70 on day one in Doha in 2001.
Thu, Jan 26, 2017 09:31:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin followed up his opening 66 with a 6-under-par 32-33=65 in round two of the Portugal Masters at Victoria Clube de Golfe and is currently solo second in the clubhouse on 11-under 131.

Another good day for the Frenchman started off quietly as he posted three straight pars before he opened his birdie account with back-to-back circles at 4 and 5. On the homeward stretch he added further par breakers at 12, 13, 15 and 17 but ended with a slightly frustrating walk-off bogey at 18 to slip three behind leader Marc Warren. Presuming he stays there, Jacquelin will start the weekend in the top 10 for just the third time this season. He was T9 after 36 holes in the Indian Open before slipping to T65 and was the halfway leader in the BMW International Open, eventually finishing fourth. He sits 82nd on the Race to Dubai.
Fri, Oct 21, 2016 09:15:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin pegged a smart lap of 5-under-par 32-35=67 on The Old Course at St. Andrews in round one of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.

13 visits to this event have reaped the Frenchman seven top 30 finishes and he's made a good start in his bid to add an eighth. He made short work of the cosy opener at St. Andrews, ticking a three on the short par-4. He then added a burst of three red numbers in four holes at 5, 7 and 8. On the back nine he made birdie-4 at 12 but bogey-5 at 16 before completing his circuit with a final birdie on the short par-4 18th. When he headed off for dinner, ready to contemplate a second round at Carnoustie, he was three behind the lead.
Thu, Oct 6, 2016 11:58:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin cracked the top 25 in last year's Porsche European Open and heads back to Germany this week to try his luck again.

With heavy flooding leading to the cancellation of the practice round and Pro-Am, previous form at Golf Resort Bad Griesbach’s Beckenbauer Course might just count for a little extra. Jacquelin posted T24 there in 2015 after shooting 70-67-69-70 to finish nine strokes behind winner Thongchai Jaidee. The Frenchman's best result this season also came in Germany when solo fourth at the BMW International Open in May. He added T12 in the Omega European Masters earlier this month but has since missed cuts at the KLM and Italian Opens. The four-time European Tour winner is currently 81st on the Race to Dubai.
Wed, Sep 21, 2016 08:54:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin rubber-stamped his improved form with a level-par final round of 34-38=72 which saw him finish solo fourth at the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof on 11-under 277.

The Frenchman revealed this week that he was so concerned with his long game at Wentworth last month he approached David Leadbetter and has been receiving lessons from the esteemed coach ever since. The first fruits of that partnership were born at the Nordea Masters, where he finished T8, and this result backs up his hard work, even if he may regret failing to progress in the final 36 holes, pegging rounds of 72-72 to the 65-68 he opened with. For a while on the final afternoon he promised to contend, with red numbers at 1, 3 and 5 drawing him 1 behind the eventual winner Henrik Stenson. But although he added 1 more red number at 13, there were also 4 bogeys which ultimately did for his victory chances.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016 12:55:00 PM

Raphaël Jacquelin tacked on a second-round 4-under-par 34-34=68 to his opening 65 to post 11-under 133 after two rounds of the BMW International Open in Germany, good enough for the joint clubhouse lead with Henrik Stenson. EDIT: Late in the day Kiradech Aphibarnrat made it a thee-way tie for the lead.

The Frenchman has made just a single bogey through 36 holes, that coming on the par-3 8th today, and continues to thrive on Gut Larchenhof's gettable par 5s. He birdied all four in round one and registered circles again at 3, 7 and 13 today. Jacquelin picked up his other shots at 6 and 12. When he signed for his 65, the four-time European Tour winner was a shot clear of Henrik Stenson but the Swede produced a late birdie to join him in top spot. Earlier, play was suspended for 48 minutes from 08:02 to 08:50 local time due to a threat of lightning.
Fri, Jun 24, 2016 07:24:00 AM

Flawless Raphaël Jacquelin scorched Gut Larchenhof with a 7-under-par 32-33=65 to claim the third BMW International Open first round lead of his career.

The Frenchman’s touch was as sure as a musketeer as he required just 25 swipes of his blade on a hot day in Germany. After a becalmed start, with three straight pars from the tenth tee, the greens began to yield and he notched 6 birdies in his next 9 holes. A final red number at the par-five 7th took him into sole possession of the lead, one ahead of Oliver Fisher, with Felipe Aguilar, Zander Lombard and Thorbjorn Olesen a further shot back on 5-under. He led this event by 2 shots after 18 holes in 2003 and tied the R1 lead in 2005, both times at Nord-Eichenried GC. It’s his 12th start at Gut Larchenhof; he was T3 in 2004, but that is his only top 20 finish on the course. He revealed afterwards that he has been working with David Leadbetter in the last few weeks and commented on conditions: "It is always good to stay out of the rough, but a bit more so this week, it's thick."
Thu, Jun 23, 2016 12:43:00 PM

Raphaël Jacquelin has missed seven of his last 14 cuts at the Nordea Masters in Sweden but has enjoyed some success in this week's tournament too.

The Frenchman has made this a regular stop down the years despite only reaching the weekend 50% of the time since T22 in 2001. His best result came courtesy of a fifth place at Barseback in 2006 while he also took T8 at Arlandastad in 2008. He added T24 at Bro Hof Slott (this week's venue) in 2010 and posted another top 25 at PGA Sweden National two years ago. Trying to predict what Jacquelin will do next is never easy and that's been apparent in the last fortnight. He missed the cut at Wentworth and prior to that was T23 in the Irish Open after shooting 69-79-66 over the final 54 holes.
Tue, May 31, 2016 07:25:00 PM

Raphaël Jacquelin has made six of his last seven cuts but is still outside the top 100 in the Race to Dubai going into this week's Trophée Hassan II in Morocco.

While the Frenchman continues to cash, he can't yet find a spark on the weekend and only once in that recent run has he cracked the top 40, a T24 in the Shenzhen International in China two weeks ago. A failure to shoot a single round in the 60s on the weekend this season means he's only 117th on the RTD so he'll want to snap that streak in Rabat. Jacquelin has plenty of experience in this part of the world and has made eight of his last 10 cuts in Morocco. That includes twice at this week's venue, Royal Golf Dar Es Salam, where he was T31 in the 2001 Moroccan Open and T57 in this event in 2010.
Wed, May 4, 2016 05:24:00 AM

Raphaël Jacquelin toured Genzon GC in 4-under-par 34-34=68 and is in tied second place on day one of the Shenzhen International in China.

That gives the early leaderboard a real French flavor as his compatriot Alexander Levy leads the way on 6-under. Jacquelin was slow out of the blocks with four pars and a bogey-6 at the par-5 2nd hole but hit the birdie trail with gains at 6, 7 and 9 to turn in 34. He dropped a shot at 10 but circled further par breakers at 12, 15 and 17 to card his second lowest round of a so far disappointing season. He's made four of his last five cuts but hasn't managed anything better than T45 so this is a good platform from which to go on and better the T24 he posted at Genzon in the 2014 China Open.
Thu, Apr 21, 2016 05:06:00 AM