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Søren Kjeldsen

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

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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. Nov 17 - 8:26 AM

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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.
Nov 8 - 4:18 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.
Aug 23 - 5:34 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.
Aug 19 - 5:22 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 Web.com 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.
Aug 18 - 1:54 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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 9 - 5:39 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.
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.
Source: PGATOUR.com
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.
Source: Masters.com
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