19-yo Højgaard becomes double European Tour winner
Dane Rasmus Højgaard has become the second youngest double winner on the European Tour in capturing the ISPS Handa UK Championship.
The 19-year old won with a par at the second extra play-off hole in defeating South African Justin Walters after both players had ended regulation play tied at 14-under par at The Belfry.
Rasmus Højgaard (Credit: European Tour)
It is the second victory for Hojgaard after being the first player born in the 2000s to win on the European Tour when he took home the 2019 Mauritius Open title last December.
In doing so he became the third youngest winner in Tour history (18 years, 271 days) behind Matteo Manassero (17 years, 189 days) and Danny Lee (18 years, 214 days).
Now he’s the second youngest to win twice and in just 15 Tour events and only two behind Manassero.
As well, Hojgaard is only the second teenager, along with Manassero, to win twice on the European Tour.
Hojgaard spoke afterwards of the support he’s received from the likes of Bjorn and other Danish-born Tour players.
“It’s really nice, Thomas is a legend. It’s always nice when he gives those kind of words. And obviously he’s very helpful, so it’s quite nice,” said Hojgaard.
Of course, one of the biggest influences on his career has been his twin brother, Nicolai also a professional golfer and who was also part of the Danish team that won the 2018 Eisenhower Trophy.
“Nicolai, my brother, has been the biggest influence because we’ve always been competitive in everything we do as well as on the golf course,” he said.
“It’s hard to say who I’ve looked up to. I’ve obviously watched Thomas, Thorbjørn (Olesen), Søren (Kjeldsen) and all those guys playing. It has always been a goal for me to join then on Tour and here we are.”
Next month, Hojgaard will make his US Open debut and something he is looking forward to.
“I’m very excited. Those are the kind of tournaments you want to play in when you are up against the best players in the world. I’m really looking forward to it,” he said.
“I will play Valderrama next week and then I’ll take a week off before the U.S. Open, that’s the plan.”
Australia’s Min Woo Lee finished in 11th place at 9-under with Wade Ormsby (T25) and Jake McLeod (T31) the only others Aussies to make the cut.
Maverick Antcliff, Zach Murray and Scott Hend all had the weekend off.