Joel Sjöholm is arguably the most colourful golfer competing in Europe. Regarded as one of the great characters on the tour, his sparkling personality has a great effect on everyone around him.
Joel competed on the European Challenge Tour for the 2016 season and recorded his best finishes at the Swedish Challenge (T6) and the Terre dei Consoli Open (T10). He finished his 2016 season off in the Road to Oman rankings in 101st position.
After 9 years of hard work, patience and persistence, Joel finally claimed his maiden professional victory at the 2017 Italian Challenge in Sardinia on the Challenge Tour.
Having carded a final round 65, Sjoholm came from two strokes behind overnight, to win by 4.
“I shouldn’t really be standing here. I was playing on an invite this week, and I have to thank Alain, the Challenge Tour Director, and my management for getting me into the tournament. I only got here on Wednesday, I missed my flight on Monday, and I was a little bit worried about not being able to play the golf course – but this week I just putted really well and that was the difference.”
Joel’s win at the Italian Challenge was following on from a T4 finish at the KPMG Trophy where he finished on -16, giving him some confidence heading into Sardinia.
This victory catapulted Joel up the Road to Oman rankings from 98th to 5th and he secured a full Challenge Tour card for the 2018 season.
He finished his 2017 season ranked 31st on the Road to Oman rankings.
Competing on the Challenge Tour during 2018, Joel recorded his best finish at the Hopps Open de Provence, where he finished in a tie for 2nd spot. He went on to finish the year ranked 64th on the rankings and will focus on the Challenge Tour for the 2019 season.
Laurie Canter shun as an amateur player and was victorious at the South African and Spanish Amateur Championships, as well as competing in both the Eisenhower and St. Andrews Trophy in 2010. Laurie also qualified for the Open Championship as an amateur and turned professional the following year.
In 2015, Laurie secured his first European Tour card through Q-School, fulfilling a boyhood dream. Having won First Stage and coming fourth at Second Stage, he went on to take the 20th card at the Final Stage. He ended the year in 193rd position on the 2016 Race to Dubai rankings.
At Second Stage of European Tour Q-School for the 2017 season, Laurie came 2nd and cemented his place at Final Stage. Here, Laurie shot rounds of 69, 66, 73 and 73 and once again secured his European Tour card for the 2017 season.
Laurie’s 2017 season started off well with a T14 finish at the BMA SA Open, which was followed up by a win at the Dimension Data Pro-Am in the team event and the week after, a T16 finish at the Joburg Open.
July 2017 was an exciting time for Laurie as he qualified for the Open Championship at Royal Birkdale through Final Stage of Qualifying. At The Open, Laurie successfully made the cut and finished in a very respectable T37, after rounds of 70, 72, 72 and 68.
Laurie competed on the European Tour in 2018, having come through Qualifying School, finishing in tied 12th place. His best finishes of the season came at the Omega European Masters and the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, where he finished tied 16th in both. He also finished tied 8th at the Barclays Kenya Open on the Challenge Tour.
The 2019 season saw Laurie compete on both the European and Challenge Tours. His best finishes came at the KPMG Trophy (2nd) and the Challenge de Espana (T9). He went on to finish the season ranked 43rd on the Challenge Tour rankings, seeing him return to Final Stage of Q-School.
Laurie finished the gruelling six round process of Final Stage of European Tour Q-School in a tie for 5th place, therefore securing his return to the European Tour for the 2020 season.
DID YOU KNOW?
Laurie is a very accomplished tennis player and competed against the current Wimbledon champion, Andy Murray when he was younger.
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