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Søren Kjeldsen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (43) / 5/17/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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Veteran wiles allowed Soren Kjeldsen to move up the leaderboard with a second round 3-under-par 36-33=69 to grant him a 36-hole total of 3-under 141 in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, just one back of the clubhouse lead of Sebastian Gros when the Dane signed his card.
It's a tenth visit to the course in Pulheim, Germany for Kjeldsen and he's had mixed results in the past, being 6-for-9 with a best of T6 in 2007, one of only two top 20s in that log book. Rather more importantly the effort is a welcome return to form. He's only 5-for-12 in 2018 with a best of T17 in the Belgian Knockout, although he has perked up in recent weeks (that top result being one of three cuts made in his last four starts). Early on Friday there was little sign of progress as he swapped one birdie and one bogey on the back nine (his first). But he caught fire on the front nine, circling four holes in a row from the third. Unfortunately he followed it with a bogey-6 at the seventh. Jun 22 - 7:00 AM

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Soren Kjeldsen celebrates a 20th appearance in the BMW PGA Championship at the Wentworth Club in Virginia Water, England this week.

Few in the field will have the experience the Dane has over the Harry Colt original design, nor of the various meddling that has been done to it. He debuted in 1999 and hasn't missed a year since. He's 12-for-19 with seven top 30 finishes including three top tens, with his best effort solo third in 2009. He's had a rough start to the 2018 season, managing just 3-for-9, but the good news is that his best finish was last week when he made the head-to-head stage of the Belgian Knockout with 70-66 before departing to finish T17.
May 22 - 5:52 AM

Soren Kjeldsen came into the Belgian Knockout at Rinkven International in Antwerp on the back of three missed cuts and a WD in the Rocco Forte Open last week; after a 5-under-par 33-33=66 in today's second round he'll go into the weekend with a chance to win the European Tour's newest event.

That 66 is the low round of the week so far and took the Dane to 6-under 136 at halfway, currently good enough for T2 on the leaderboard with Friday's action nearly complete. A bogey at No. 2 today didn't bode well but Kjeldsen hit back with a birdie at 3 and a connected trio at Nos. 6, 7 and 8. After trading a circle at 12 with a square at 13, he kicked on again with gains at 16 and 17. He's clearly enjoying this test and today's low one suggests he can make an impact on Saturday and Sunday when the top 64 contest nine-hole strokeplay head-to-head knockout matches the rest of the way.
May 18 - 11:44 AM

Two-time winner in Spain, Soren Kjeldsen, will look to kickstart his 2018 in this week's Open de España at Centro Nacional de Golf in Madrid.

171st on the Race to Dubai says it all really; it's been a patchy start to the season for the Dane. The best that can be said for it is that it is neat to look at: cut, T48, cut, T39, cut. The location offers hope however. He has finished top 30 in half of his starts in the tournament (8 of 16) and in recent times that record has been better: three top tens in his last five starts (T2 in 2012 at Sevilla, T9 in 2015 at El Prat and T4 in 2016 at Valderrama). He likes Spain, period. His last 23 starts have reaped 14 top 25s including 11 top tens, seven top fives and two victories (the 2008 Volvo Masters and 2009 Open de Andalucia). Oddly, he's yet to play the course.
Apr 10 - 9:19 AM

Soren Kjeldsen will make a 16th appearance in the Dubai Desert Classic on the Majlis course at Emirates GC in the United Arab Emirates.

The Dane boasts seven finishes of T33 or better on the course, five of them top 20 and three top tens, yet he's also missed the cut no less than eight times. More pertinently he has a best of T5 (in 2012) and yet that is the nearest he has ever been to the lead at the end of a round. In other words he's never really been in contention. He's teed it up in the U.A.E. 35 times and has just four top tens (two of them in his last four starts admittedly). Opened 2018 with a missed cut in the South African Open and T48 in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship.
Jan 23 - 8:37 AM

Soren Kjeldsen crafted a second round 3-under-par 33-36=69 to lie T6 on 7-under 137, three back of the lead, heading into the weekend at the DP World Tour Championship hosted by Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai.

The Dane has improved his finish every year he has played the Earth Course and was quick to praise it after his round. "What I really like about it is how the greens are sort of sectioned off," he said. "If you hit good shots, they land close to the hole and if you hit a poor shot you're going to have a pretty tough up-and-down. I really like that. It's a good test." Starting the day 4-under he made four spots on the leaderboard with a quartet of birdies in the first 11 holes at 1, 7, 9 and 11. His only mistake was a bogey at the 18th. He revealed that he linked up with veteran caddie Janet Squire two weeks ago. "She's made a huge difference I think," he said. He is also aiming to remain in the world's top 50 (he's 48th) in order to secure a return to Augusta National in April, where he was T7 in 2016.
Fri, Nov 17, 2017 08:26:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen slots in at 48th on the Race to Dubai heading into the penultimate event of the season, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa.

That should be good enough already to secure his top 60 place for the closer in Dubai although the Dane will want to head there on a positive. He's currently in a consistent run of form after connecting four top 25s, the last two T18 in the Andalucia Valderrama Masters and T23 in the Turkish Airlines Open. This week's course, Gary Player CC, measures in at just under 7,900 yards which will present a big test to the short-hitting Kjeldsen and he finished 29th of 30 in this event two years ago. However, his straight hitting can still be good weapon on these narrow fairways and he improved to T16 in last year's edition.
Wed, Nov 8, 2017 04:18:00 AM

Søren Kjeldsen will taken on the role of local hero when he pitches up at Himmerland Golf Resort & Spa for the 2017 Made In Denmark.

The Dane has fed off the huge galleries in the three runnings of this tournament, finishing T15 in 2014, runner-up in 2015 and T8 last year. He's posted six rounds of 68 or better in his last eight laps of the course and would have been much closer 12 months ago but for a third-round 73. The layout definitely suits his game and he'll arrive with one of the key weapons for success at Himmerland, a hot putter. Kjeldsen was ranked second for Strokes Gained: Putting at last week's Wyndham Championship where he took T16 and that followed T8 in the Scottish Open on his most recent regular European Tour start. He's shown he can handle the extra expectations here; now can he get over the line and capture his first European Tour win since the 2015 Irish Open? Many managers/bettors will back him to do so.
Wed, Aug 23, 2017 05:34:00 AM

Making his tournament debut, World No. 82 Soren Kjeldsen rallied for a 4-under-par 36-30=66 in the third round of the Wyndham Championship to reach 12-under 198, up five spots to T9 with play still in progress.

The first-time member though not a rookie went out in 1-over, overshadowing birdies at holes 3 (from 22'8") and 6 with bogey-6 at 5 and double bogey-6 at 8. He came home in blemish-free 5-under, adding circles at 10, 13-15, and 17, four of those between 10 and 27 feet. The 42-year-old landed nine (of 14) fairways and 15 greens in regulation, losing 1.849 strokes off-the-tee and 1.186 tee-to-green. He recorded a tidy 1.533 putts per GIR and 4.420 SG: Putting, currently No. 1 in SGP with a cumulative 9.688. The Dane is projecting at 142 in the FedExCup standings so still has work to do on Sunday.
Sat, Aug 19, 2017 05:22:00 PM

Søren Kjeldsen mastered Sedgefield Country Club in round two of the Wyndham Championship, penciling a bogey-free, 7-under-par 31-32=63, catapulting 78 spots up the live leaderboard to sit in a share of eighth place as the afternoon wave takes the course.

Making his tournament debut, it was a ho-hum, 1-under 69 in his opening lap. He appears to have the green surfaces figured out now, splashing home four putts from outside 11 feet today. That was good for +4.125 strokes gained putting on the round. Playing his first season as a PGA TOUR card carrier, the 42-old entered the week 154th in the FedExCup standings, and is projected at 142nd on the live FEC leaderboard. That will give him conditional status and a crack at the Tour Finals, if he decides to wants keep his talents in the United States for another year. Making his 56th career PGA TOUR start, this goes in the books as a new personal best for Kjeldsen, while also matching Kevin Na for the low round of the day, so far.
Fri, Aug 18, 2017 01:54:00 PM

Short hitter Soren Kjeldsen faces a long Quail Hollow course when he heads to North Carolina for this week's PGA Championship.

This week's venue measures in at 7,600 yards and will play all of that with conditions set to be soft due to plenty of rain. The Dane shouldn't immediately be ruled out though. He managed T7 at the 2016 Masters on an Augusta National layout considered far too long for him and he's found a way to get around other tracks with serious yardage. Kjeldsen, who took T36 in this year's Masters, was T37 in The Open at Royal Birkdale on his latest start and a promising T9 in the Scottish Open prior to that. He has three top 10s in the majors during his career, the best of those T6 in this event in 2009 at Hazeltine - another long course.
Wed, Aug 9, 2017 05:39:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen lifted the trophy the last time the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open visited Northern Ireland; he heads back there this week to try his luck again.

The Dane took victory on the classic links of Royal County Down after edging out Eddie Pepperell and Bernd Wiesberger in a play-off. He also cracked the top 20 at Carton House in 2013 and at when defending at the K Club last year so this has been a great event for him. This year, he'll get his first taste of Portstewart GC although it's a course which should suit his game. The concern for gamers is a current dip in form. Kjeldsen's only top 25s this year have been in different formats, T5 at the WGC-Match Play and T24 in pairs play at the Zurich Classic of New Orleans. He missed the cut at the Open de France last week and was T71 before that at Memorial. His iron play has been off since T36 at Augusta National so he'll hope a return to links golf can get him going again.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:15:00 AM

Soren Kjeldsen is as regular as the morning stroll to buy croissants and baguette when he hits Paris and Le Golf National for the Open de France.

If any layout plays into a golfer’s strength, it is the Albatross Course and Soren Kjeldsen. He’s 14-for-16 at the track, with all 14 cuts made reaping T37 or better, and nine of them T18 or better. If the lack of even one top five is a worry for bettors, for gamers it is less relevant. His consistency in his last four visits is frankly astonishing. Every result between T8 and T18; always ranked single figures for Total Accuracy and in the teens for Ball-Striking. The reason he’s never really contended? Never taken less than 29 putts per round. Form-wise he is 8-for-9, with all but one of those on the PGA Tour (T30 at the BMW PGA Championship). He was also a quarter-finalist at the WGC World Match Play in that run. Mr Consistent, at a favored track.
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 06:45:00 AM

Prior to the start of the tournament, Soren Kjeldsen has withdrawn from the FedEx St. Jude Classic. There is no injury cited, and Bill Lunde will take his spot in the field.

After a slow start to the season, the Dane has now earned a paycheck in eight of his last nine starts (including the WGC Match Play and Zurich Classic team event). Most recently, he posted round of 72-73-71-81=297 (+9) at last week's Memorial Tournament to record a T71. Given the final round score of 9-over 81, there is the potential he suffered a minor injury, but scoring conditions were not easy, by any means on Sunday at Muirfield Village Golf Club. Unless we hear otherwise, we can assume a clean bill of health, but he's opted for rest this week.
Mon, Jun 5, 2017 09:42:00 AM

Søren Kjeldsen steadied a 1-over-par 37-36=73 during the second round of the 2017 Masters, keeping his name in the mix with a two-day tally of 1-over 145.

The Dane hit 13 greens in regulation, the same number as his opening round where he fired an even-par 72. Kjeldsen won't be reaching many (if any) par 5s in two this week, but he's still able to take advantage with steady striking, circling all three of his birdies on par 5s today via the lay-up route. The 41-year-old currently sits at T12 on the live leaderboard, slightly worse than his 36-hole positioning here last year (T5). He would go on to finish T6 last year. His fairways-and-greens play style can keep him in the mix again, but he'll need to start making some putts soon, taking 61 swipes with the flat stick through two days of play.
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 05:56:00 PM