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Søren Kjeldsen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (41) / 5/17/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Søren Kjeldsen takes his first look at Riviera Country Club as he readies for battle at this week's Genesis Open.
Playing his first season as a PGA TOUR card carrier, the Dane is off to a slow start in the States. Kjeldsen collected a T40 at the no-cut, WGC-HSBC Champions, but since then he's rattled off three straight missed cuts. That equals his total from 2016 on the European Tour (16-for-19). It won't get any easier for Kjeldsen this week as he preps for a showdown against a strong field on a course that features a plethora of long par 4s. If he were in form, this could be a track he could fairway-and-greens to death, but instead he may find a tough task ahead of him this week in Pacific Palisades, California. Feb 14 - 9:48 PM

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Søren Kjeldsen sets his eyes on Waialae Country Club for his debut at this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.

The 41-year-old Dane has never seen Waialae CC in competition but his game looks like a good fit on paper. Kjedlsen plays fairways-and-greens golf, which should help him here at a tight track like Waialae. Splitting his time between Europe and the United States this year, he is making his first start of the season in the U.S. this week. Looking at his career trajectory, Kjeldsen was sitting at 35th in the Official World Golf Rankings after 2009 and fell all the way to 335th after 2014. We are seeing a career revival for the Dane, so gamers should ride the hot hand but also be ready to jump ship at any sign of attrition.
Jan 11 - 8:45 AM

Denmark blitzed Kingston Heath for a 12-under-par 29-31=60 in Friday's first set of fourballs at the World Cup of Golf in Australia, opening up a three-shot lead at the midpoint.

After settling for an even-par 72 in the opening foursomes, the Danish duo of Soren Kjeldsen and Thorbjorn Olesen were sensational today, defying strong winds at Kingston Heath in Melbourne to put together a round comprising two eagles, eight birdies and eight pars. At 12-under 132, they're three in front of China, with Spain a further shot back. England, Italy, the United States and France are five back in T4. Kjeldsen holed out from the fairway for eagle-2 at 4 and, after birdies at 4 and 5, Olesen threw in an eagle of his own by chipping in for a 3 at the par-5 8th. The pair then connected five straight circles from the 10th before a Kjeldsen birdie at 18 completed the best round of the day by four shots. "I was trying to play solid," said Kjeldsen. "Thorbjørn was playing exceptional so I thought if I get it in play and get it on the green, let him do all the fireworks and it worked pretty well. We're trying to make everybody proud. It's just a treat to be here."
Fri, Nov 25, 2016 02:48:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen has plenty of experience at the World Cup of Golf and will represent Denmark for the seventh time, this time alongside Thorbjorn Olesen.

Denmark enjoyed its best finish in the event in the latest edition in 2013, finishing T3. That was at nearby Royal Melbourne although under a different format with each pair's 72-hole score added up to get a team total. Thomas Bjorn finished second in the individual event so was mainly responsible for that so Olesen, his partner on that occasion, will hope to make a bigger contribution this time. Kjeldsen, meanwhile, first played this event in 1998 and most recently in 2009 although he's never finished higher than 13th. He'll expect better than that after finishing 18th on this year's Race to Dubai, as will Olesen after he ended 12th following a recent win at the Turkish Airlines Open earlier this month. Olesen also captured the 2014 Perth International so has winning experience on Aussie soil.
Tue, Nov 22, 2016 06:54:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen will be hoping to buck his Thursday slow start trend when he tees it up on The Earth Course in the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

Four visits to Jumeirah Golf Estates have all reaped the Dane top 30 finishes, but last year's T10 was his best finish – perhaps a sign that this long track, won by golfers featuring in the Driving Distance top ten, is a struggle for him maybe? Of course, being the neat and tidy merchant that he is, he'll perform with credit, but contention might be asking too much, even if he has thrived at the Masters and The Open this year. A quirk of his four previous starts is that he is yet to go sub-70 in his first lap. Formwise he is 13-for-13 since missing the cut at the U.S. Open (overlooking a withdrawal for illness at the Italian Open). He was T16 last week in South Africa, unable to break 70. It was his best finish since landing T7 in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship early last month.
Mon, Nov 14, 2016 01:43:00 PM

Soren Kjeldsen is 23rd on the Race to Dubai heading into this week’s Nedbank Golf Challenge at Gary Player Country Club in South Africa.

The Dane has finished in the top 20 on Europe’s money list on four occasions although last year’s 15th place was the first time he’d broken that barrier since 13th in 2009. Kjeldsen has continued his renaissance this season with a career-best six top 10s over the campaign, with two of those coming in majors (T7 Masters and T9 Open Championship). He recorded his latest via T7 at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship but has cooled a little of late in limited fields at the WGC-HSBC Champions (T40) and Turkish Airlines Open (T31). The 41-year-old made his debut at Gary Player CC last year and struggled badly, shooting 74-81-77-73 to finish 29th of 30. That’s a concern for gamers although we’ll see if it was just a bad week.
Tue, Nov 8, 2016 06:16:00 PM

Local hero Soren Kjeldsen made his move late and signed for a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in round two of the Made in Denmark tournament at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

At 7-under 135 he's T7 at the midpoint and six shots behind three-stroke leader Bradley Dredge. The Dane, who started at the 10th, looked set to be in for a hugely frustrating day when signing for pars at each of his 11 opening holes. But he finally posted some red at No. 3 and then went birdie-eagle at 5 and 6 to fuel a surge up the leaderboard. For the second day running he piped 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 13 greens in regulation and took 28 putts. His reputation for being neat and tidy around the greens was shown with 5-for-5 scrambling. Kjeldsen was runner-up in this event last year and will be pushing hard this weekend to go one better and delight home fans and, indeed, fantasy managers as he was a hugely popular pick.
Fri, Aug 26, 2016 01:00:00 PM

Soren Kjeldsen will be looking to continue his fine form in big events this year at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

The diminutive Dane has racked up a T7 at The Masters and T9 in the Open Championship during a year of solid golf in the big events. Furthermore, he is a remarkable 25-for-28 since last September. There are plenty of reasons to expect a solid week again, but maybe not a stellar one. His experience on paspalum greens includes being 5-for-5 at Kuala Lumpur GC in Malaysia, but without once making the top ten. And on the Gil Hanse-designed Castle Stuart he has finished: T21-T31-T5-T42.
Tue, Aug 9, 2016 08:10:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen brings his A game to Springfield, New Jersey for the 2016 PGA Championship.

The Dane rediscovered the winning touch last year at the Irish Open, after a six year barren run, and this term he has upped his major game, contending in both the Masters (eventually T7) and the Open Championship (T9). He was T6 in this event at Hazeltine back in 2009, his best major performance to date and only top ten prior to this season’s success. With an arrow straight driver and polished short game, he might find Baltusrol to his liking; he’s surely never been as confident about his game as he ought to be right now. If finding the fairways matters this week, note that he has ranked top 6 for Driving Accuracy at the Masters, the Players, the Memorial and the Open Championship in recent months.
Tue, Jul 26, 2016 07:11:00 AM

Søren Kjeldsen closed out his week inside the top 10 at The 145th Open following a 1-over-par 37-35=72 in the final round, posting a 2-under 282 on the week.

The 41-year-old Dane continued his assault on Royal Troon Golf Club's fairways, striping 42-of-56 on the week, bested by only Emiliano Grillo and Russell Knox. Despite hitting 14 greens in regulation, he circled just one birdie in the closing 18, taking 32 swiped with the putter. Even with a cold putter in round four, Kjeldsen will collect his second top 10 in a major this season (T7, Masters). This also becomes his best finish in an Open Championship, previously a T27 during the 2009 edition.
Sun, Jul 17, 2016 01:19:00 PM

Søren Kjeldsen had a roller-coaster ride around Royal Troon en route to a 4-over-par 36-39=75 during day three of The 145th Open, posting 3-under 210 to find himself at T6 on the leaderboard.

The Dane gave fans an up-and-down day of cheering. He traded three birdies with two bogeys over his first seven holes to reach third place on the leaderboard. From there, it was a straight free-fall as he bogeyed the Postage Stamp, doubled the par-4 10th and added three more bogeys at Nos. 11, 13, and 14. All was not lost, though, as he circled a birdie at the par-5 16th hole to end on a positive. It was all about approach play today, as he landed just nine greens despite splitting 10 (of 14) fairways. Even with this setback, Kjeldsen will enter the finale at T6, just three back from third place, and nine off the leader Henrik Stenson.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 02:24:00 PM

Søren Kjeldsen plodded his way around Royal Troon Golf Course en route to a bogey-free, 3-under-par 34-34=68 during round two of The 145th Open, reaching 7-under 135 on the week, good for T2 at the moment on the live leaderboard.

World No. 50 split just eight fairways today, but any long-term followers of Kjeldsen know how accurate he is off the tee, so those "missed fairways" were likely just off the short stuff with manageable lies. From there, he landed 13 greens and scrambled his way to success five times. He splashed in three birdies along the way including two from long distance, easily outside 20 feet. The Dane has posted the first blemish-free round of the day, and fourth of the week. Depending on how the weather turns, this may end up as the only bogey-free navigation in round two. Kjeldsen's history at The Open is nothing to write home about with zero top 25s in seven trips, so it will be interesting to see how he closes out the weekend here at Royal Troon.
Fri, Jul 15, 2016 07:17:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen kick-started his week at The 145th Open by signing a 4-under-par 33-34=67, placing him one off the early pace set by Patrick Reed with play still in progress.

The Dane showcased his accuracy off the tee, missing just one (of 14) fairways. From there he found a disappointing 10 greens in regulation, but his short game certainly picked up the slack. He needed just 23 putts on the day and sprinkled just two bogeys throughout the round. Kjedlsen is making his eighth appearance at The Open and still searching for his first top 25 (T27, 2009 Open).
Thu, Jul 14, 2016 12:39:00 PM

Soren Kjeldsen finished T7 in the Masters earlier this season and will hope to thrive again in the 145th Open Championship at Royal Troon.

On a course considered too long for him, that top 10 at Augusta National was a notable achievement and, in theory, the relatively short yardage of Troon should be a better fit. The little Dane has already shown his prowess on links courses by winning last year's Irish Open at Royal County Down. In this tournament, Kjeldsen has a best of T27 at Turnberry in 2009 and it's a slight surprise to see that he's missed four of seven cuts. For his debut at Royal Troon, he'll play alongside fellow Dane Lasse Jensen and American Bill Haas in the first two rounds. They go off at 12:42 local time on Thursday.
Tue, Jul 12, 2016 06:55:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen twirled an 8-under-par 32-32=64 in today's third round of the Memorial to post 12-under 204, good for the early 54-hole clubhouse lead and tying the low round of the week with two others. UPDATE: With play completed, Kjeldsen is in a three-way T8, two back of a trio of 54-hole co-leaders.

The last two Memorial champs won their maiden PGA TOUR titles at Muirfield Village. The Dane is trying to make it three. He arrived off T43 (PLAYERS), T19 in Ireland and a MC last week in England. The 43rd-ranked player in the world began R3 on 4-under (T43) after opening in 71-69, eight back of 36-hole co-leaders Brendan Steele and Matt Kuchar. He split 13 (of 14) fairways for a second time and currently leads in that stat at 90.48 percent (38/42). The 41-year-old squared a lone bogey at the par-4 17th but erased it with nine birdies, including two from greater than 38 feet. In total, he made 175 feet of putts in R3, capping with a 13'3" walk-off birdie at the last. His 64 is a career low on TOUR in 99 laps (previously 66 four times).
Sat, Jun 4, 2016 02:01:00 PM