Søren Kjeldsen

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Søren Kjeldsen
23 BMW International Open bei Muenchen Soren Kjeldsen.JPG
Kjeldsen at the 2011 BMW International Open
Personal information
Full name Søren Kjeldsen
Born (1975-05-17) 17 May 1975 (age 42)
Aalborg, North Jutland, Denmark
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight 65 kg (143 lb; 10.2 st)
Nationality  Denmark
Residence Fredensborg, North Zealand, Denmark
Career
Turned professional 1995
Current tour(s) European Tour
PGA Tour
Professional wins 6
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 4
Challenge Tour 1
Other 1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T7: 2016
U.S. Open T33: 2010
The Open Championship T9: 2016
PGA Championship T6: 2009

Søren Kjeldsen ([ˈsɶːɐ̯n̩ ˈkʰjɛlð̞ˠ̠.sɛn]; born 17 May 1975) is a Danish golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Kjeldsen turned professional in 1995. Kjeldsen's success on the second tier Challenge Tour in 1997, which included his first victory as a professional in the Volvo Finnish Open, earned him membership for the main European Tour for 1998. He won his first European Tour title at the 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles.

His second European Tour win came at the 2008 Volvo Masters at Valderrama Golf Club in Andalucia, Spain, where he won by 2 strokes over Martin Kaymer and Anthony Wall. This was the final staging of the Volvo Masters because as part of the Race to Dubai, introduced in 2009, the European Tour season now concludes at the Dubai World Championship. He ended the year 10th on the Order of Merit, which to date is still his best year-end ranking.

Kjeldsen won his third European Tour event and second consecutive event on Spanish soil with a three stroke victory over David Drysdale at the 2009 Open de Andalucia in Marbella, Andalusia, Spain. Also in 2009, he finished third at the BMW PGA Championship, fourth at the Scottish Open, sixth at the PGA Championship and seventh at the WGC-CA Championship.

He finished second at the 2010 Andalucía Masters and the 2011 Volvo China Open. In 2012 he finished second at the Open de España and fifth at the Scottish Open.

In May 2015, Kjeldsen ended a six-year drought and won his fourth European Tour title at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open. On a very windy final day, Kjeldsen held a two stroke lead but shot a 76 five over par round to fall into a three-man playoff with Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger. On the first extra hole, Kjeldsen found the par five 18th green in two and after Pepperell and Wiesberger could not get up and down for their birdies, he two putted from 30 feet for the victory. Kjeldsen maintained his 100% record of winning when holding the 54 hole lead, which now stands at 4-for-4.[1] The next week he finished second at the Nordea Masters. Later he finished second at the Made in Denmark and British Masters tournaments.

Kjeldsen represented Denmark in the Eisenhower Trophy in 1994 and at the World Cup in 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2009, and 2016, winning the 2016 event alongside Thorbjørn Olesen.

He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Ranking.

For 2017, Kjeldsen accepted PGA Tour membership.

Professional wins (6)[edit]

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 22 Jun 2003 Diageo Championship at Gleneagles –9 (72-68-67-72=279) 2 strokes Scotland Alastair Forsyth
2 2 Nov 2008 Volvo Masters –8 (65-71-69-71=276) 2 strokes Germany Martin Kaymer, England Anthony Wall
3 29 Mar 2009 Open de Andalucia –14 (68-72-62-72=274) 3 strokes Scotland David Drysdale
4 31 May 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open –2 (69-70-67-76=282) Playoff England Eddie Pepperell, Austria Bernd Wiesberger

European Tour playoff record (1–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 2007 Volvo Masters England Simon Dyson, England Justin Rose Rose won with birdie on second extra hole
2 2015 Dubai Duty Free Irish Open England Eddie Pepperell, Austria Bernd Wiesberger Won with birdie on first extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
U.S. Open DNP DNP DNP DNP T52 DNP CUT DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT DNP CUT DNP DNP T41 DNP CUT T27
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T6
Tournament 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Masters Tournament T30 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T7 T36
U.S. Open T33 DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP
The Open Championship T37 DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T9
PGA Championship CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT T33

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 4 3
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 2
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 8 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
Totals 0 0 0 0 3 3 22 11
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2009 Open – 2010 Open)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008
Mexico Championship T59 DNP DNP DNP DNP 11
Match Play DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
Tournament 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship T7 60 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T28 T32
Match Play R64 R64 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T51 QF
Bridgestone Invitational T68 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T12 T42
HSBC Champions T10 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T46 T40

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10. Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Soren Kjeldsen wins Irish Open after three-man play-off". The Guardian. 31 May 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 

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