Rasmus Hojgaard Player Profile And What's In The Bag
Home favourite Rasmus Hojgaard won the Made in Himmerland event as bogeys cost Scots Richie Ramsay and Robert MacIntyre in Denmark.
MacIntyre had a triple bogey on the 13th when leading, then Ramsay double-bogeyed the last while in front.
However, compatriot Marc Warren will join MacIntyre and Ramsay at the Open Championship after finishing joint-fourth with MacIntyre.
Hojgaard beat Nacho Elvira in a playoff to secure victory. The pair finished on 13 under par after four rounds and played the 18th a further six times. Both made par five times, the Dane did so again then overnight Spanish leader Elvira double bogeyed.
Like Warren, Elvira and joint-fourth Fin Kalle Samooja seal places at Royal Liverpool, with Hojgaard, MacIntyre and Ramsay already in the field by virtue of their DP World Tour ranking for 2022.
"I'm speechless," Hojgaard said. "To be fair I did not think I would end up in a playoff today. It's quite amazing. It's a dream come true to win our home event.
"This is better than I could ever dream of. We've wanted a Danish winner for so long now so to be the first one to do it is amazing. It isn't that long ago that I was one of those kids trying to get balls and signed gloves. It's awesome to see them out here supporting us."
Ramsay tweeted: "Today will hurt for a long time but I did play very well. Played to win so took that shot on [at the 18th hole and] just didn't come out great. My daughter told me she was proud of me, massive cushion for today.”
Hojgaard was born in Billumd, Denmark on March 12, 2001.
In just his fifth event on the DP World Tour, he captured his maiden tour title with an eagle on the third playoff at the 2019 AfraAsia Mauritius Bank Open.
He was 18 at the time. He had played on the Challenge Tour in 2019 but narrowly missed out on earning one of the 15 Tour cards after finishing 21st in the Race to Majorca standings.
Hojgaard went on to become the first player born in the 21st century to graduate from European Tour Qualifying School, overcoming a first round 74 to share fifth place in the standings.
His win was almost immediate, following a tie for 49th place at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship with victory in just his second tournament of the season in Mauritius.
He stayed aggressive during a final round 68, hitting a 360 yard drive on the 18th hole and making birdie to earn a spot in a playoff with Renato Paratore and Antoine Rozner
He kept that strategy for the remainder of the playoff, going birdie-birdie before hitting his approach on the third playoff hole to just a few feet and rolling in his eagle putt for victory.
Hojgaard’s victory made him the fastest Dane to win on Tour, beating 15 time winner and 2018 Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn's record of 24 events.
His victory at the Made in Himmerland was his fourth on the DP World Tour and takes him from 113th to 85th in the world rankings and 12th in the Race to Dubai.
Made in Himmerland - 1st
BMW International Open - WD
Porsche European Open - T59th
KLM Open - T3rd
US PGA Championship - CUT
Italian Open - T47th
Korea Championship - CUT
ISPS Handa - Championship - T16th
Ras Al Khaimah Championship - T6th
Dubai Desert Classic - T20th
Driving Distance - 310.07 Yards
Driving Accuracy - 50%
Greens in Regulation - 69.68%
Sand Saves - 57.50%
Putts Per Round - 28.97
Scoring Average - 70.55
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5 Degrees)
Woods: Callaway Paradym HL (3-wood, 16.5 Degrees)
Irons: Callaway Rogue ST (3-Iron) & Callaway Apex MB 21 (4-Iron to Pitching Wedge)
Wedges: Callaway JAWS Raw (52 Degrees, 56 Degrees & 60 Degrees)
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Le Mans Tour
Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X
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