John Axelsen

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John Axelsen
Personal information
Full nameJohn Paul Pultz Pinnerup Axelsen
Born (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 25)
Holbæk, Denmark
Height5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight160 lb (73 kg; 11 st)
Sporting nationality Denmark
ResidenceCopenhagen, Denmark
Career
CollegeUniversity of Florida
Turned professional2020
Current tour(s)European Tour
Former tour(s)Nordic Golf League
Professional wins5
Achievements and awards
Swedish Golf Tour
Order of Merit winner
2022
Nordic Golf League
Order of Merit winner
2022

John Paul Pultz Pinnerup Axelsen (born 23 January 1998) is a Danish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour. He was a member of the Danish team that won the Eisenhower Trophy in 2018. He has won four times on the Nordic Golf League as well as winning the Nordic Golf League Order of Merit in 2022.

Amateur career[edit]

Axelsen was born in Holbæk, Denmark and was introduced to golf by his father when he was 5. At a young age, Axelsen showed considerable talent, winning English boys under-13 (Reid Trophy) and medals at the European Boys under-16 championship (European Young Masters) in 2012, 2013 and 2014.[1][2][3]

English Boys under 16 McGregor Trophy 2014. Played at Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club.

In 2014, Axelsen was the first Danish boy to play in the Junior Ryder Cup, after winning the McGregor Trophy during which he set a new course record at Radcliffe-on-Trent Golf Club and also a new tournament record.[4][5] In 2016 he was selected again but opted instead to play for Denmark at the Eisenhower Trophy in Cancun, Mexico.

At the age of 16, Axelsen was selected as the youngest-ever male player to play for the Danish National Men's team at the European Amateur Team Championship in Finland. He twice won bronze at the European Team Championship with the Danish team, in 2016 and 2018.[6][7]

Danish International Amateur Championship 2014 winner: John Axelsen. And Danish International Ladies Amateur Championship 2014 winner now LPGA pro Nanna Koerstz Madsen

Axelsen won the Danish International Amateur Championship three times, in 2014, 2017 and 2018, becoming the first player to win the event three times.[8] In 2016, Axelsen received a wild card to the Made in Denmark event on the European Tour. He made the cut and finished 40th at 282, 2-under-par.[9]

World Amateur Team Championship (Eisenhower Trophy) 2018 Ireland. The winning team Denmark with the Trophy. John Axelsen, Rasmus & Nicolai Højgaard, Captain Torben Nyehus

Axelsen was a member of the first Danish team to win the World Amateur Team Championship (Eisenhower Trophy) in 2018 in Ireland together with brothers Rasmus Højgaard and Nicolai Højgaard. During the event he shot the event's lowest round of 8 under par.[10] Axelsen was the joint lowest scorer in the stroke-play qualification for the 2019 Amateur Championship at Portmarnock Golf Club in Ireland.

As an amateur he was the number one ranked player European Golf Rankings at under-14, under-16, under-18, under-21 and ranked second in the men's rankings before turning professional.[11] He was also ranked number one in the Danish Golf Union Rankings at under-16, under-18, under-21 and men's level, where he already as 16 was the highest ranked men's player in Denmark [12]

Axelsen attended the University of Florida from 2017 to May 2020, leaving before his senior year to turn professional.[13][14] He was part of both Golfweeks NCAA All-American Team, First team and GCAA's NCAA Division I All-American Team, First team, with the second-best scoring average in University of Florida's program history.[14]

Professional career[edit]

Axelsen won the Destination Fyn Pro-Am finale in September 2020 en route to being named Rookie of The Year on the Danish Golf Tour.[15]

Axelsen won the Made in HimmerLand Qualifier on the 2021 Nordic Golf League.[16] With the win, Axelsen qualified as no 3 on the 2021 Race to HimmerLand Ranking 2021; earning a place in the Made in HimmerLand on the European Tour.

Axelsen won three times on the 2022 Nordic Golf League, including a victory at the MoreGolf Mastercard Tour Final in October. He went on to win the Order of Merit and secure status on the 2023 Challenge Tour.[17] In November, Axelsen entered the European Tour Q School. After six rounds he finished tied-seventh place, ultimately gaining a card for the 2023 European Tour season, bettering his original Challenge Tour status which he gained via the Nordic Golf League.[18]

Awards[edit]

Professional

Amateur

  • Santandar Consumer Bank Talent Award: 2019[20]
  • Den Gyldne Golfbold: 2018[21]
  • Bella prisen:[22] 2014 og 2015
  • Toms Guld Barre prisen: 2013[23]

College

  • Golfweeks All-American Team, First team: 2020[24]
  • GCAA's NCAA Division I All-America Team, First team: 2020[25]
  • All-SEC First Team: 2020[26]
  • PING All-Region Honors: 2020[27]
  • Haskins Awards final nominated players for men's college player of the year: 2020[28]
  • PING All-Region Honors: 2019[29]
  • All-SEC Freshman Team: 2018[30]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2011 Reid Trophy, English Boys u/13[31]
  • 2012 Zeagul Trophy[32]
  • 2013 Zeagul Trophy,[33] DGU Elite Tour Herrer Finale[34]
  • 2014 Asserbo Pokalen,[35] Danish International Amateur,[36] McGregor Trophy[4]
  • 2015 DGU Elite Tour Herrer Finale[37]
  • 2016 DGU Elite Tour Finale Herrer & Drenge[38]
  • 2017 Danish International Amateur[39]
  • 2018 Danish International Amateur[40]

Professional wins (5)[edit]

Nordic Golf League wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 14 May 2021 Made in HimmerLand Qualifier −10 (65-73-68=206) Playoff Denmark August Thor Høst (a)
2 20 Feb 2022 GolfStar Winter Series I −13 (67-67-67=201) 4 strokes Denmark Christoffer Bring, Sweden Simon Forsström
3 7 Oct 2022 Race to HimmerLand −7 (71-71-67=209) 1 stroke Finland Niclas Hellberg
4 14 Oct 2022 MoreGolf Mastercard Tour Final −16 (67-65-68=200) 3 strokes Denmark Jeppe Kristian Andersen, Denmark August Thor Høst

Danish Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 10 Sep 2020 Destination Fyn Pro-Am −5 (67) 1 stroke Denmark Victor Østerby

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2012 European Young Masters". European Golf Association.
  2. ^ "2014 European Young Masters". European Golf Association.
  3. ^ "2013 European Young Masters". European Golf Association.
  4. ^ a b "No slip up this time for great Dane Axelsen". England Golf. 17 July 2014.
  5. ^ "2014 Junior Ryder Cup – Team Announcement". European Golf Association. 22 September 2014.
  6. ^ "2016 European Amateur Team Championship". European Golf Association.
  7. ^ "2018 European Amateur Team Championship". European Golf Association.
  8. ^ "Danish International Amateur Championship – Past Winners".
  9. ^ "Made in Denmark – Results 2016". PGA European Tour.
  10. ^ "Eisenhower Individual Scoring – 2018". International Golf Federation.
  11. ^ European Golf Rankings
  12. ^ Dansk Golf Union rangliste
  13. ^ "2019–20 Men's Golf Roster – John Axelsen". University of Florida Athletics.
  14. ^ a b "Axelsen Announces Decision to Turn Pro". Florida Gators. Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  15. ^ "John Axelsen winsDestination Fyn Pro-Am finale". Ecco Tour (in Danish). 10 September 2020.
  16. ^ "John Axelsen wins Made in HimmerLand Qualifier by Enjoy Resorts". Ecco Tour (in Danish). 14 May 2021.
  17. ^ "Jeppe Kristian Andersen vinder dramatisk finale på ECCO Tour". Golf Avisen (in Danish). 21 October 2022. Retrieved 21 October 2022.
  18. ^ Damgaard, Peter (16 November 2022). "Bring og Axelsen klar til DP World Tour via top-25 på Tourskolen". 19 Hul (in Danish). Retrieved 16 November 2022.
  19. ^ Admin (3 October 2020). "Hæder til Mikael Lindberg og John Axelsen ved ECCO Tour Awards". ECCO Tour (in Danish). Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  20. ^ Santander talent pris
  21. ^ Den Gyldne Golfbold
  22. ^ Bella Prisen
  23. ^ Guld Barre Prisen
  24. ^ Golfweek All-American 2020
  25. ^ NCAA Division I PING All-America 2020
  26. ^ All-SEC First Team
  27. ^ PING All-Region Honors 2020
  28. ^ Haskins Awards: 10 finalists for men's college golfer of the year
  29. ^ PING All-Region Honors 2019
  30. ^ All-SEC Freshman Team
  31. ^ Reid Trophy - English Boys u/13 (Amateur Golf News)
  32. ^ Zeagull Mens Trophy (Mågepokalen) Results 2012
  33. ^ Zeagull Mens Trophy (Mågepokalen) Results 2013
  34. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2013
  35. ^ Asserbo Mens Trophy Result 2014
  36. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) 2014
  37. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2015
  38. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2016
  39. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) Finals Results 2017
  40. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) Finals Results 2018

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