10 Things You Didn't Know About Richard Bland

10 Things You Didn't Know About Richard Bland

Richard Bland Things You Didn't Know
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Get to know European Tour winner, Richard Bland, a little bit better.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Richard Bland

Richard Bland has been a member of the European Tour for near 20 years, securing his first ever victory in his 478th start. (opens in new tab)

Get to know the Englishman here.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Richard Bland

1. Richard Bland was born 3rd February 1973 in Burton-Upon-Trent, England

2. He turned professional in 1996 and gained his European Tour card in 2002.

3. He is a big fan of Southampton Football Club and is close friends with Southampton legend, Matt Le Tissier, who, in the past, has carried the bag for Bland.

Richard Bland Things You Didn't Know

Le Tissier and Bland of England at the 2003 Caltex Masters. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

4. The Englishman has graduated from the Challenge Tour on four occasions, most recently in 2019, when at the age of 46 he was the oldest player to earn his card.

5. His hobbies include football, cricket and Formula 1; Bland is a huge sports fan.

6. Bland is attached to Stoneham Golf Club in Southampton.

7. The Englishman made history at the 2021 British Masters by becoming the oldest first-time winner in European Tour history. It was his 478th start.

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8. Bland has amassed nearly £6 million in career earnings.

9. Despite playing nearly 500 European Tour events, the Englishman has currently only featured in three Major championships.

10. Bland uses a TaylorMade (opens in new tab) driver, woods and wedges, Honma irons and an Odyssey putter (opens in new tab).

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.


Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.


Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x