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Jesper Svensson Player Profile And What's In The Bag

By: | Mon 25 Mar 2024

Jesper Svensson became the latest first-time winner on the DP World Tour as he claimed the Singapore Classic in a playoff, beating a resurgent Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

The Swede matched the course record with a closing 63 at Laguna National Golf Resort Club to get to 17 under but Aphibarnrat forced a playoff with a brilliant eagle at the last in a 64.

Both men made a birdie on the first trip up the last and then exchanged a pair of pars before Aphibarnrat went over the back and made a bogey, leaving Svensson two putts for a par and victory.

This victory should come as no surprise as he finished second at both the South African Open and Bahrain Championship.

He said: "It's been a lot of good golf so it was nice to finally come out on top. It’s very hard to win so it's really nice. It's been a long journey. To win on my first season out here, I couldn't have dreamt of it. It's always been a dream to be a winner on the DP World Tour and to achieve it feels amazing.

"Combined with Challenge Tour last year and the beginning of this season I've had five second-place spots in the last year. I really wanted to come out on top here. There was a couple of times today I told Lucky, my caddie... on 14 we were thinking about laying up we both said 'no, we're not finishing second again' and it was the best shot of the week."

Svensson began the day five off the lead but birdied the first and second and added an eagle on the par-five third. He put an approach to eight feet at the sixth and chipped in at the eighth. He dropped shots at the 12th and 13th but led by one.

A beautiful second at the next left him with eight feet for birdie as he took a three-shot lead but he bogeyed the next to leave the door ajar. Aphibarnrat birdied the third, fifth, seventh and eighth but his chances looked to be fading as he bogeyed the 12th. However, he took advantage of the par-five 14th, left himself six feet for birdie at the next and then holed a long putt at the 16th to share top spot.

Svensson hit a magnificent tee-shot into the 17th to edge ahead and a two-putt birdie at the par-five last saw him set the target at 17 under.

But Aphibarnrat hit his second to 15 feet at the 18th, holing for eagle to set up the play-off.

Player Profile

Svensson was born in Uppsaia, Sweden on March 14, 1996.

He won both the Swedish Junior Matchplay and Strokeplay championships and represented his country at the European Amateur Team Championship in 2017 and 2018.

Svensson played college golf in North Carolina and won several events, including the Big South Championship twice, the first of which he won with a 14-under-par 202 (67-66-69), breaking a 10-year old record of 204 set by Dustin Johnson.

He turned professional in the summer of 2019 and joined the Nordic Golf League, where he quickly enjoyed success, winning the 2020 Race to Himmerland, the season finale in Denmark.

In August 2021, he was runner-up at the Finnish Challenge on the Challenge Tour. Svensson finished the season 36th on the rankings, handing him a few starts on the 2022 DP World Tour, where his best finish was a T19 in the Hero Open.

In 2023, he recorded his maiden Challenge Tour win at the 2023 B-NL Challenge Trophy. He was also runner-up at the Andalucia Challenge and the Swiss Challenge and finished the year in fifth place in the rankings to claim full playing rights on the DP World Tour for 2024. In only his second start he finished second at the South African Open and in February 2024 he was second again, this time at the Bahrain Championship.

His success in Singapore takes him to third place in the Race to Dubai.

Last 10 Events

Porsche Singapore Classic - 1st

Jonsson Workwear Open - T67th

Magical Kenya Open - T11th

Qatar Masters - T16th

Bahrain Championship - T2nd

Ras Khaimah Championship - T47th

Dubai Desert Classic - T31st

Alfred Dunhill Championship - CUT

South African Open Championship - T2nd

Joburg Open - T70th

Key Stats

Driving Distance - 328.53 Yards

Driving Accuracy - 46.95%

Greens in Regulation - 69.01%

Sand Saves - 58.33%

Putts Per Round - 28.76

Scoring Average - 70.16

End of Year World Ranking Position

2019: 2,074

2020: 755

2021: 365

2022: 558

2023: 282

What's In Jesper Svensson's Golf Bag

Driver: Cobra Darkspeed LS

Fairway Wood: Cobra Darkspeed X

Utility Iron: Cobra King Tec Utility

Irons: 3-4 Iron: Cobra King Tour | 5 Iron: Cobra King CB | 6- 9 Iron: Cobra King MB

Wedges: Cobra King MB, Cobra SB (52), Cobra SB (56), Titleist Vokey SM10

Putter: Odyssey Milled Collection RSX 7

Ball: Titleist, Pro V1

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