Søren Kjeldsen
17

Scorecard
Biography
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
5
4
2
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
4
3
6
5
3
4
4
38
74
2
5
5
5
3
4
4
3
6
7
42
5
4
3
4
6
5
3
4
5
39
81
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
6
36
7
3
3
6
6
4
3
4
5
41
77
4
4
4
5
3
4
4
3
4
7
38
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
3
35
73
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
ROUND
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
OUT
1
5
5
4
2
4
4
3
4
5
36
2
5
5
5
3
4
4
3
6
7
42
3
4
4
4
3
4
4
3
4
6
36
4
4
4
5
3
4
4
3
4
7
38
Par
4
5
4
3
4
4
3
4
5
36
m
403
520
411
195
449
388
206
450
545
3567
ROUND
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
IN
TOTAL
1
5
4
4
3
6
5
3
4
4
38
74
2
5
4
3
4
6
5
3
4
5
39
81
3
7
3
3
6
6
4
3
4
5
41
77
4
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
3
35
73
Par
5
4
3
4
5
4
3
4
4
36
72
m
500
419
200
406
550
431
193
437
459
3595
7162
Stats
ROUND 1
ROUND 2
ROUND 3
ROUND 4
TOTAL
RANK
Eagles
0
0
0
0
0
12
Birdies
2
0
2
2
6
30
Pars
12
11
11
14
48
8
Bogeys
4
5
3
1
13
7
Double Bogeys/+
0
2
2
1
5
1
Other
0
0
0
0
0
Putts per round
27
31
30
25
28
13
Putts per GIR
1.89
2.14
1.89
1.78
1.92
1
Greens in regulation
50 %
38.89 %
50 %
50 %
47.22 %
29
Sand Saves
1/1
1/1
1/1
2/2
5/5

Born: 17 May 1975.

Turned pro: 1995.

Country: Denmark.

Family: Wife - Charlotte. Children - Emil, Mads, Karla

Special interests: Movies, tennis.

Career highlights: Represented Denmark in the Eisenhower Trophy and has claimed four European Tour titles. Finished tied sixth in the PGA Championship in 2009.

2015 highlights: : Ended a six-year win drought with his victory in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open.

2015 Majors: The Masters - DNP. The US Open - DNP. The Open - MC. The PGA Championship - MC.

NGC record: Debut.

Story

It's been an emotional year for Denmark's Søren Kjeldsen.

First he ended a six-year win drought when he claimed the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open on the European Tour this year.

Kjeldsen forced his way into a playoff with Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger, and then took the title with a birdie on the first playoff hole to become only the third Danish winner of this tournament.

And with that victory, Kjeldsen returned to the kind of player he was back in 2008, 2009 and 2010 when he was competing in the Majors.

"You reach 40 and you start wondering, you know, am I never going back to Augusta; am I never going to play the Open again? But I kept waking early; I kept on the range; I kept hitting chip shots and bunker shots and putts," he said.

"I wanted to show that I've still got a lot to give and I still absolutely love what I do. So it's easy for me to spend time practicing and traveling. I've been very fortunate doing what I do, and to play the big events, it's pretty special, because obviously it's more fun playing with the biggest guys."

It was in fact a few words from his new caddie, Alistair Matheson, that helped to instil some belief in Kjeldsen again about the kind of player he could still be.

"He used to work for Geoff Ogilvy for 12 years. I didn't know Alistair that well, but we just hit it off. From day one, he was so encouraging. He was like, ‘You know, Søren, you should be doing better than what you are doing. You need to climb back up on that world ranking'.

"Just to have somebody next to you that really believes in you and every day, he's like, ‘You know, Søren, you can really play, you've got to go and do this. He's just a rock. I'll ask him a question, he'll take about six, seven, eight seconds to answer them. But when he says something, I listen, and I trust what he says."

Then at the PGA Championship, Kjeldsen marked another major milestone in his career when he celebrated his 500th appearance on the European Tour, becoming the first Dane to achieve this.

And his place in the Nedbank Golf Challenge field is made that much more special by the fact that Kjeldsen started his amazing journey on the European Tour right here in South Africa.

"My first tournament was the South African Open in 1998 at Durban Country Club. I made the cut on the number - just to make the cut was a huge achievement. And here we are 18 years later - amazing! It goes very quickly. Keeping my card the first year was huge. I finished 115th which was the last spot, and the next year I qualified for the Volvo Masters - the final tournament for the top 60 in the Order of Merit. That was massive and after that I really felt like I really belonged at that level. The main feeling is that I'm very proud to have hung in there so long.

"Five hundred tournaments is a lot of tournaments - a lot of travelling, walking, hitting shots. It's been fantastic and I'm still going strong. It's been incredible."