Adrian Meronk What's In The Bag And Player Profile
Article Updated October 2023
WHEN Adrian Meronk was overlooked by Luke Donald for Europe’s Ryder Cup team in favour of rookie Ludvig Aberg he viewed to use it as motivation for a big finish to the season.
And he was true to his word, including a pair of eagles on his way to a closing 66 and a one-stroke victory at the Andalucia Masters at Real Club de Golf Sotogrande in San Roque.
He beat Germany’s Matti Schmid, who was looking for his maiden success. Richard Mansell was a shot further back in third after a tense final round played in changeable weather conditions and brought forward to earlier in the day due to the threat of storms.
Meronk was two over for the first three holes but responded with an eagle at the sixth and holed out from 120 yards for another at the ninth to go out in 34. A 42-foot birdie putt at the tenth took him within one of the lead held by Schmid and another long eagle attempt at the 12th went close to set up a tap-in birdie.
The German dropped a shot at the 13th but responded by matching Meronk’s birdie at the next to keep his nose in front.
The Pole’s birdie at the 17th put the pressure on Schmid, who missed his par putt back on 16 as the lead swung to Meronk. Schmid parred the par-three 17th and was left needing a birdie at the last, where Meronk made par to finish 16 under.
Meronk said: “I am relieved. It was a tough tournament, tough weather, didn’t have my best golf on the first day so to win the tournament is very special. I’m over the moon.”
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Adrian Meronk Player Profile
Meronk was born in Hamburg in May 1993 but grew up in Poland. He turned professional in 2016, played on the Challenge Tour in 2017 and was runner-up in the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge. In 2019 he won the Challenge Tour’s Open de Portugal and finished in a tie for third at the D+D Real Czech Challenge.
He became the first Polish golfer to qualify for the DP World Tour and his victory at the Irish Open in 2022 meant he became the first Pole to win on tour.
He enjoyed a hugely consistent season in 2021-22, finishing third at the Dutch Open, tied third at the Catalunya Championship and sixth at the Soul Open. His finish at the Dutch Open meant he qualified for the 150th Open at St Andrews.
In December 20022 he won the Australian Open, beating home favourite Adam Scott in the process.
He has played consistently in 2023, finishing in a tie for 10th at the Abu Dhabi Championship, tied fourth at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, tied 21st at the Korea Championship, tied fifth at the KLM Open, tied third at the BMW International Open and tied 13th at the European Masters.
He also played in the WGC Dell Technologies Matchplay and The Masters, where he missed the cut. He also missed the cut at the Bermuda Championship and Arnold Palmer Invitational but finished in a tie for 45th at the Genesis Invitational and was tied 14th at the Honda Classic.
He won the Italian Open at Marco Simone in May and was controversially overlooked by Luke Donald for the Ryder Cup. He has now won four times on the DP World and is planning to focus on the PGA Tour in 2024.
His victory at the Andalucia Masters takes him to third place in the Race to Dubai, with only Rory McIlroy and Jon Rahm ahead of him.
He averages 305.68 yards from the tee, finding 62.72% of fairways. He hits 72.58% of greens in regulation, gets up and down from the sand 56.25% of the time and averages 29.65 putts per round. His stroke average for 2023 is 69.89.
Adrian Meronk WITB
Driver - Ping G430 Max (10.5 degrees)
Woods - Ping G425 Max (3-wood, 14.5 degrees)
Hybrids - Ping G525 (19 degrees)
Irons – Ping iBlade (4-iron to PW)
Wedges – Titleist Vokey SM9 (50 degrees, 54 degrees, 58 degrees)
2023 Season Stats
Driving Accuracy – 61.91% (30th)
Driving Distance – 3-5.58 yards (44th)
Greens in Regulation – 72.39% (5th)
Putts Per Round – 29.57 (123rd)
Stroke Average – 69.84 (6th)
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