Wednesday, September 04, 2019


Matthew Jordan

(pictured left) is

looking to follow in

the footsteps of his

2017 Walker Cup

team-mate Jack

Singh Brar by

winning the Open

de Bretagne, which

gets under way at

Golf Blue Green de Pléneuf Val André from

September 5-8.
The Englishman is one of several players
from the 2017 Great Britain and Ireland squad
to achieve success on the Challenge Tour
since entering the paid ranks.
The former plus seven handicap currently
occupies the fifth position on the Road to
Mallorca Rankings.
With one victory already to his name this
season, at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos
Motor Oil in June, Jordan is one of three
members of the 2017 Walker Cup squad to
win on the Challenge Tour, with Singh Brar
becoming the first to do so at the Open de
Bretagne 12 months ago and Connor Syme
securing his maiden victory at the 2019
Turkish Airlines Challenge.
It has been a year to remember for the 23-
year-old who burst into the spotlight after a
spectacular opening round of nine-under-
par 63 at the Betfred British Masters, where
he ultimately finished in a tie for 15th place.


With five top ten finishes on the Challenge
Tour this year, all focus is now on ensuring
that he secures one of the 15 European Tour
cards up for grabs on the season-long Road
to Mallorca.
‘’I’m trying not to think about the Rankings too
much,’’ he said. ‘’I’d much rather be in this
position than to be chasing. This way there’s
not too much pressure on each event and I
can just keep going along and do my thing. I
just need to keep ahead of the game which is
what I’ve managed to do since my win in
As the Merseyside native looks to replicate
Singh Brar’s victory in Brittany, which helped
him secure playing rights on the European
Tour for 2019, he will also be able to draw
inspiration from another one of his Walker
Cup team-mates.

Jordan’s playing partner in the Sunday
foursomes at Los Angeles Golf Club, Robert
MacIntyre, also graduated onto the European
Tour following the 2018 Challenge Tour
‘’I played with Robert during the Walker Cup
and he’s just come on leaps and bounds. I try
to have something on him all the time,’’ he
joked. ‘’At the moment I can’t really because
he’d just come back to me with his European
Tour card and his finish at The Open!
‘’In all seriousness though, it’s great to see
the other guys do well. Jack played great last
year, and Connor Syme has been putting in
some good results as well.
It’s a treat to see how everyone else is getting
on and of course, it keeps you motivated as
well. All the guys out here are good though,
so there’s always plenty to keep pushing you
to improve.’’
Jordan is likely to have one eye on
proceedings across the Channel when Great
Britain and Ireland take on the United States
at his home course, Royal Liverpool Golf Club, this weekend in the 47th Walker Cup
‘’I went over to Hoylakd on Monday just to
chat with the players and offer any advice if
they wanted it. The Walker Cup was such a
great experience for me, so it was good to
have a little reminisce and chat with the boys
before the event gets started.’’
Meanwhile, at a firm seaside venue that
has often produced English winners,
Jordan is hoping his links experience
will prove useful with strong winds
forecast over the next four days.
‘’The course is very firm and with the wind
blowing it feels like a links course in many
ways. I’m used to the wind from playing links
golf growing up although that doesn’t
necessarily mean I enjoy it.
When it comes to pitching it short of the
greens and playing with the terrain that is
something I’m very used to, so hopefully that
will give me a little edge.’’
The Open de Bretagne begins at 8:10 am
local time, with Jordan beginning his first
round at 1:50pm.
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