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Søren Kjeldsen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (42) / 5/17/1975
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 143

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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. Aug 9 - 5:39 AM

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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.
Jul 5 - 6:15 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.
Jun 27 - 6:45 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.
Jun 5 - 9:42 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.
Apr 7 - 5:56 PM

Søren Kjeldsen enjoyed an early lap around Augusta National Golf Club, posting an even-par 36-36=72 during his opening round of the 2017 Masters.

The short-hitting Dane went out in Group 5 this morning and steadied 14 pars, 2 birdies, and 2 bogeys. As you would expect from the precision artist, Kjeldsen striped 13 (of 14) fairways. From there he found just 13 greens in regulation but still managed to avoid any big numbers. Despite his lack of distance, success at Augusta National is nothing new for Kjeldsen who positioned himself inside the top 10 thru 36 holes here back in 2010 (finished T30 by week's end) and also returned last year to record a T7.
Apr 6 - 3:00 PM

Soren Kjeldsen was viewed as a surprise contender in last year's Masters and he'll attempt to defy expectations again in 2017.

The Dane's lack of length off the tee suggested that Augusta National would be an unlikely place for him to post his first top 10 in the majors since T6 at the 2009 PGA Championship. But despite ranking way down the field for Driving Distance, Kjeldsen was 4th for Driving Accuracy, 6th for Greens In Regulation and 3rd in Putting Average on his way to a T7 finish. It's also worth noting that he was in the top 10 at halfway in his previous Masters appearance in 2010 before finishing T30 so it is a course where he can do well. We saw more of his fighting spirit and obvious quality in the recent WGC-Dell Match Play when he beat Rory McIlroy in round one before exiting in the quarter-finals. That followed T27 in the Valspar Championship. He'll have Americans Jim Furyk and Kevin Chappell for company in the first two rounds, that trio teeing off at 08:44 local time.
Apr 5 - 11:56 AM

62-seed Soren Kjeldsen sent first-timer and 48-seed William McGirt packing with a 5-and-4 triumph in Round of 16 action at the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play and will face 21-seed Jon Rahm (4-0-0) in the quarterfinals. UPDATE: Kjeldsen lost to Rahm 7-and-5 and exits with a 4-1-0 record and T5, a career best in 16 overall WGCs and a PGA TOUR best in 48th career start, previously T6 at 2009 PGA Championship.

The Dane was the improbable Group 2 winner with a perfect 3-0-0 record while McGirt was the surprise winner of Group 15, also unblemished. This match was all square thru four holes, with Kjeldsen taking the par-4 second with par and McGirt leveling with birdie-3 at three from 21'10". The 41-year-old Euro circled the par-4 fifth (5'6") to go 1 UP and never looked back from there. He took a 3 UP lead with pars at eight and nine, went 4 UP with his fourth birdie of the match at the par-5 12th (14'5"), and closed out the 37-year-old North Carolina native with a 46-incher for birdie-3 at 14.
Mar 25 - 12:31 PM

Soren Kjeldsen followed up his impressive Wednesday win with a 4-and-3 victory over Emiliano Grillo in round two of the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play, securing his spot in the Round of 16 and eliminating 2-seed Rory McIlroy in the process.

The Dane was a wrecking ball on day one, but fell behind early today. After a par-bogey start, Kjeldsen found himself 2-down. He responded with three birdies over the next four holes to square the score, all on putts from inside six feet. The duo traded blows over the next three holes before Kjeldsen escaped from the pack to win four straight holes after the turn. The Dane arrived this week with an 0-4-1 record at this event, but he's now secured his spot in the Round of 16 after back-to-back wins, knocking out World No. 2 in the process. Kjeldsen will have a rest day tomorrow as his would-be opponent Gary Woodland has withdrawn from the event for personal reasons.
Mar 23 - 7:09 PM

In the unofficial Battle-of-the-Last-Two-Irish-Open-Champions Soren Kjeldsen defied an horrendous tournament record to sensationally overturn Rory McIlroy 2-and-1 in round one of the World Golf Championships-Dell Technologies Match Play at Austin CC.

If it was David versus Goliath on paper, it was never that way in reality as Kjeldsen (0-4-1 before today) refused to wilt, even when McIlroy threw his best shots at him. The Dane’s wedge strength was key: he made birdies from 129-yards at 1, 76-yards at 5 and 94-yards at 10; all for birdie, all for wins, all within 10’0". McIlroy ticked two front nine reds, but was 2-down with 8 to play. His reaction was world class: reducing the par-3 11th to a 199-yard 8-iron and 5’10" birdie putt, making birdie-4 at the next to pull all square and driving just shy of the short par-4 13th to go 1-up. Yet Kjeldsen responded in kind, lasering a 173-yard approach at 14 to 8’6" and taking it to draw level. At the next he made birdie-4 when McIlroy failed and went in for the kill on 17, draining a 3’1" par breaker on the par-3. McIlroy will seek to rescue the week against Gary Woodland in the second wave of matches, Kjeldsen takes on Emiliano Grillo.
Mar 22 - 2:30 PM

Soren Kjeldsen heads to Austin CC in Texas this week, desperately in need of turning around his dire record in the WGC-Dell Technologies Match Play.

The Dane is making his fourth appearance in the WGC’s head-to-head format championship and he is still seeking his first victory. In both 2009 and 2010 he was dumped out in the first round so the group stages do at least offer him a prolonged stay, but last year it was more a case of prolonging the agony as he limped to two defeats and one half (ironically claimed when playing the eventually third-ranked Rafa Cabrera Bello). Nor did his appearance in the 2011 Volvo World Match Play inspire any confidence in his performance in this form of the game (1-2). He has, however, notched three wins from three individual starts in the Royal Trophy, Seve Trophy and EurAsia Cup. Thus far this season he has committed to the PGA Tour, but with limited success. He missed a quartet of cuts before playing all four laps in the Honda Classic (T37), Mexico Championship (T32) and Valspar Championship (T27). Playing in the first round Group 2, he'll take on Rory McIlroy, Emiliano Grillo and Gary Woodland.
Mar 20 - 12:02 PM

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

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