Golf's Rising Stars - Kristian Krogh Johannessen
Norway’s Kristian Krogh Johannessen has grinded from the very bottom to be in the competitive position he finds himself in.
The 28-year-old finished T3 at the SDC Championship on the DP World Tour, which is his highest finish during the 2023 season.
Despite recording his first top 10 of the campaign, he will be feeling disappointed considering he was the 54-hole co-leader.
Nevertheless, the future looks exceptionally bright for this Scandinavian talent.
Johannessen’s relationship with the sport of golf began at an early age, which is best epitomised by his selection for the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy.
Prior to that and the Norwegian also featured in the 2010 Jacques Léglise Trophy, so it was apparent that a career within the professional ranks could await the then teenager.
He first rose to international fame at the age of 19 during 2014 Open Championship Qualifying.
Johannessen broke the course record at Bruntsfield Links in dramatic fashion, slashing the previous standing by four strokes as he carded an eight-under 63.
Interestingly, he was due to move to America and play college golf at the University of Tennessee, but he opted to go professional from the off.
His professional journey started on the Nordic Golf League - which is one of Europe’s four third-level developmental tours - and progressed to the Challenge Tour in 2015 after two emphatic victories.
A few years would pass before Johannessen found himself in contention on the Challenge Tour, agonisingly falling short in 2018 by finishing runner-up at the Swiss Challenge.
He finished runner-up yet again on the Challenge Tour in 2021, but he would record the greatest victory of his career during the subsequent year.
The Italian Challenge Open is the biggest title of Johannessen’s career and he was victorious after a playoff victory over Oliver Hundeboll.
Both he and Viktor Hovland qualified to represent Norway during the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo thanks to the runner-up finish earned at the Czech Challenge.
Johannessen finished in T53 but fellow countryman Hovland concluded his Olympics debut in T14 alongside Mexico’s Abraham Ancer.
The 2022 campaign saw Johannessen finish 12th in the Challenge Tour Order of Merit, which rewarded him with a card for the 2023 DP World Tour season.
SDC Championship - T3
Magical Kenya Open - T80
Thailand Classic - T120
Singapore Classic - T23
Ras Al Khaimah Championship - T72
Alfred Dunhill Championship - T22
South African Open Championship - T43
Joburg Open - T39
Driving Distance - 315.29 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 61.59%
Greens in Regulation - 64.81%
Average Putts Per Round - 27.86
Stroke Average - 70.50
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