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Player profile - Erik van Rooyen

 

 

It was just another thrilling year for most South Africans with many notable accomplishments, both domestic and on the international arena. However, it was certainly a worth remembering year for Erik van Rooyen as he celebrates his first European Tour title in his debut season.

Not so much for finishing top 10 in the PGA Championship, but for also bouncing 91 paces up from last year's 141 position in the OWGR to top 50.

Born on February 21, 1990, Erik van Rooyen is a South African professional golfer on the European Tour. From early in his amateur career, Erik van Rooyen had the makings of a world-class champion. He turned pro in 2013, and this season was highly successful with seven top ten finishes. He’s racked over half a million dollar in total money.

He secured his first International triumph during the European Tour’s Scandinavian Invitation, with a slippery 15-foot birdie putt on the 18th. Almost added a second before losing a six-man play-off in Turkey.

While, in September he was crowned Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year, becoming the third South African to claim this award. Van Rooyen eventually finished the season in tenth place in the Race to Dubai and looks set for a Masters invite when the world rankings close for the year.