John Axelsen

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John Axelsen
Personal information
Full nameJohn Paul Pultz Pinnerup Axelsen
Born (1998-01-23) 23 January 1998 (age 24)
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
Professional wins2

John Axelsen (born 23 January 1998) is a Danish professional golfer. He was a member of the Danish team that won the Eisenhower Trophy in 2018. He has won twice on the Nordic Golf League.

John Axelsen at Junior Ryder Cup 2014 at Blairgowrie Golf Club, Scotland

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 professionel.[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]

Winning the Destination Fyn Pro-Am finale, September 2020, was a major reason for being named Rookie of The Year 2020 on the ECCO Tour [15]

Axelsen won the Made in HimmerLand Qualifier on the 2021 Nordic Golf League.[16] Together with the win on Fyn, Axelsen qualified as no 3 on the Ecco tour, Race to Himmerland ranking 2021, for the European Tour event Made in Himmerland.

Awards[edit]

Professional

  • Rookie of the year, Ecco Tour: 2020[17]

Amateur

  • Santandar Consumer Bank Talent Award: 2019[18]
  • Den Gyldne Golfbold: 2018[19]
  • Bella prisen:[20] 2014 og 2015
  • Toms Guld Barre prisen: 2013[21]

College

  • Golfweeks All-American Team, First team: 2020[22]
  • GCAA's NCAA Division I All-America Team, First team: 2020[23]
  • All-SEC First Team: 2020[24]
  • PING All-Region Honors: 2020[25]
  • Haskins Awards final nominated players for men's college player of the year: 2020[26]
  • PING All-Region Honors: 2019[27]
  • All-SEC Freshman Team: 2018[28]

Amateur wins[edit]

  • 2011 Reid Trophy, English Boys u/13[29]
  • 2012 Zeagul Trophy[30]
  • 2013 Zeagul Trophy,[31] DGU Elite Tour Herrer Finale[32]
  • 2014 Asserbo Pokalen,[33] Danish International Amateur,[34] McGregor Trophy[4]
  • 2015 DGU Elite Tour Herrer Finale[35]
  • 2016 DGU Elite Tour Finale Herrer & Drenge[36]
  • 2017 Danish International Amateur[37]
  • 2018 Danish International Amateur[38]

Professional wins (2)[edit]

Nordic Golf League wins (2)[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

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

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. ^ Admin (3 October 2020). "Hæder til Mikael Lindberg og John Axelsen ved ECCO Tour Awards". ECCO Tour (in Danish). Retrieved 29 December 2020.
  18. ^ Santander talent pris
  19. ^ Den Gyldne Golfbold
  20. ^ Bella Prisen
  21. ^ Guld Barre Prisen
  22. ^ Golfweek All-American 2020
  23. ^ NCAA Division I PING All-America 2020
  24. ^ All-SEC First Team
  25. ^ PING All-Region Honors 2020
  26. ^ Haskins Awards: 10 finalists for men's college golfer of the year
  27. ^ PING All-Region Honors 2019
  28. ^ All-SEC Fresman Team
  29. ^ Reid Trophy - English Boys u/13 (Amateur Golf News)
  30. ^ Zeagull Mens Trophy (Mågepokalen) Results 2012
  31. ^ Zeagull Mens Trophy (Mågepokalen) Results 2013
  32. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2013
  33. ^ Asserbo Mens Trophy Result 2014
  34. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) 2014
  35. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2015
  36. ^ Danish Golf Union Elite Tour Finals Results 2016
  37. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) Finals Results 2017
  38. ^ Danish International Amateur Championship (DIAC) Finals Results 2018

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