|2022||Al Hamra Golf Club||Nicolai Hojgaard|
2022: Nicolai Hojgaard
Nicolai Hojgaard has been marked out as one of the future stars of European golf – alongside twin brother Rasmus – for some time. It was, therefore, a timely boost for the game in Europe that the 20 year old Dane won his second DP World Tour in the same week that so many stars of the game were enticed to play in the controversial Saudi International.
When you watch Hojgaard play the first thing that stands out is the incredible distance he gets with his driver. He averaged 322 yards off the tee at Al Hamra Golf Club. Couple that with approach play that saw him gain 1.64 strokes on the field and it’s no surprise that Hojgaard was in contention. Perhaps the most impressive element of the win, however, was the way he recovered from a mistake in the final round that saw him yield a three-shot overnight lead and fall two shots behind Jordan Smith.
Most young golfers would have crumbled under the pressure but not Hojgaard. There was no sign of a collapse as he followed a four-hole stretch that included a bogey and a double-bogey with a birdie and an eagle in consecutive holes. That resulted in a closing round 68, for a total of -24 which was four shots better than Smith.