Bjørn leads tributes for winning Højgaard twins
Thomas Bjørn has led the tributes to the 21-year-old Højgaard twins Rasmus and Nicolai after they created a world first in professional golf in winning back-to-back on the European Tour.
A week after Rasmus birdied his final hole to capture the Omega European Masters in Switzerland and brother Nicolai did the same on the final green to win the 78th DS Automobiles Italian Open on the Marco Simone course in Rome.
Nicolai Højgaard (R) holds the trophy with his twin brother Rasmus (Credit: European Tour)
Nicolai’s birdie at the last in a round of 71 saw him finish at 13-under par and a shot clear of Poland’s Adrian Remonk (66) and Tommy Fleetwood (71) who ended on 12-under par.
“Brothers. Twins. Back to back wins. These two are something else. Amazing achievement. Congratulations Nico,” tweeted former Ryder Cup captain Bjørn has been singing the praise of the twins for some time.
Nicolai had been the last to receive an invitation into this week’s event and after four days he’s remarkably and historically come out on top in what we believe is a first in the world of both men and women’s professional golf.
“It means a lot. I’ve been grinding for a long time and seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more,” he said.
“And to finally get it done is very special and it’s been a great week here so I’m just very happy to get it done.”
“It’s hard actually to make birdies when you’re in front but you just have to grind. Everyone’s going to struggle at some point. You’ve just got to keep grinding – that’s what my caddie Christian told me.”
“That’s what we talked about all day – keep going, we know the birdies will come. There weren’t many birdies but one came at the last and it was very important so I’m really pleased for that.
“I’m very happy that Rasmus, his girlfriend and my girlfriend were around watching. I really appreciate it because I haven’t been (able) with any of his wins to see him. I could only see him in the crowd. It really means a lot to me and it’s just a very special day.”
The win has not only handed Nicolai a two-year European Tour exemption but he’s jumped 85 places to 26th on the Race to Dubai and in the process bumping his brother Rasmus down two spots to 30th after his closing 68 handed him a share of 18th place at six-under par.
Following Nicolai Højgaard’s opening round 64 and first round lead at the 2020 Qatar Masters, fellow Dane and 15-time European Tour winner Thomas Bjørn tweeted:
“Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard are some serious talent. It’s been a while since I’ve seen two players this young with such a complete package to be successful. Technique, physique, belief and attitude. The next 25 years will be fun to watch.”
Despite sharing the first round lead with an opening round of 64, Min Woo Lee fell away across the weekend to finish in a share of 12th place. Scott Hend was the only other Australian to make the cut in a distant 52nd place.