The first five years (plus a couple of pre-cursor events in 2010/11) of the Gentlemen’s World Tour produced some of the finest golfers in the history of the game. Names that will echo down the years – immortals such as Leroy, Felix, Ian, Cravo, Keithy, Matt L, Mr Sexy, Dr Gaz, Matt C, Stu, and Poolie. Of all of those Legends, Leroy stood tall, but one man stood higher than him, and even the tallest Barny bunker – Basil BvR.
Bas not only won the most Majors in the period (6), but he recorded an immense number of runner-ups (8), testament to his consistency and mental toughness. All the Gents know that if you want to win a Major you’re going to have to play out of your skin to beat BvR.
Digging deeper into the stats, we see just how amazing the man is. Bas contested 18 Majors in the period, finishing first or second in a mind-boggling 14 of them (78%). He had an average result of 2.06. The next best Gent over the journey was Leroy, who finished first or second in 41% of the Majors he contested, and had an average result of 2.87.
Bas has owned the World Number One ranking, with 176 weeks on top. That means he’s been World Number One for an astonishing 75% of the time. Next best is Leroy, with 39 weeks (17%).
Not only that, but Bas has the lowest handicap on Tour (6), which shows that he is the best golfer against par and that he rarely makes errors.
These last two years the entire golfing world has been waiting in great anticipation for the full return to competition of one superstar golfer. No I’m not talking Tiger, I’m talking BvR.
Indisputably the peerless and legendary Player of the first 5 years of GWT History, Basil van Riet.
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