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Official World Golf Ranking: 67
Born: Wed,Feb 21,1990 - Bellville, South Africa
Age: 31y 2m 1d, Nationality: ZAF
Height: 6' 3, Weight: 190lbs
Home: Johannesburg, South Africa
College: Minnesota
Turned Pro: 2013, Joined European Tour: 2018
Notes: Van Rooyen learned to play golf from his father and grandfather. He started playing when he was 7. His father was a member of a local club and would take him to play nine holes on Saturdays. When he was 14, he started playing competitively. He received South African Provincial honors and National Colours by the South African Golf Association after his senior year in high school. He played four years at the University of Minnesota, from 2009 to 2013, and was a team captain his...

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Erik Van Rooyen

Van Rooyen learned to play golf from his father and grandfather. He started playing when he was 7. His father was a member of a local club and would take him to play nine holes on Saturdays. When he was 14, he started playing competitively. He received South African Provincial honors and National Colours by the South African Golf Association after his senior year in high school. He played four years at the University of Minnesota, from 2009 to 2013, and was a team captain his senior season. While Van Rooyen's parents and family call him Erik, his teammates and friends call him Freddie or Fred, short for his given name Frederick. After attending the University of Minnesota and winning the state amateur championship, van Rooyen turned professional in 2013.
While at Minnesota, he met Rose Roberts, and after they both graduated, were married in 2014. They went back to South Arica to play there and in Europe, but the goal was to earn his PGA Tour card so that Rose and Erik could live in America and raise their children.
Van Rooyan has played on the Sunshine Tour since turning professional. In early 2017, he had his first win on tour, the Eye of Africa PGA Championship, making a birdie on the first extra hole in a three-man playoff. He played on the 2017 Challenge Tour, where he had his second professional win, the Hainan Open. A number of other good finishes, including 4th place at the Kazakhstan Open and a T-3rd at the season-ending NBO Golf Classic Grand Final, put Van Rooyen 3rd in the Challenge Tour Race to Oman rankings, earning a card for the 2018 European Tour season.
2018 Notes: In his rookie year, played in 25 European Tour events, making 19 cuts with five top-10 finishes. In just his 17 European Tour starts was runner-up at the Joburg Open, three strokes behind winner Shubhankar Sharma. The event was part of the Open Qualifying Series, and his high finish gave him an entry to the 2018 British Open, his first major. Was 10th at the Tshwane Open, T-7th at the Trophee Hassan II. After three rounds, he led the 2018 Dubai Duty-Free Irish Open by four strokes, but a final-round 74 dropped him into a T-4th. Was 5th in the Made in Denmark, on stroke out of getting into the Wallace/Thomson/Brown/Westwood playoff. Finished the year 36th in the Race to Dubai.
2019 Notes: Played in 29 European Tour events, making 22 cuts with eight top-10 finishes. Ranked 10th in the Race to Dubai. Was T-2nd at the Qatar Masters, two strokes behind winner Justin Harding. At the Hero Indian Open, finished T-6th. Had his second runner-up finish at the Trophee Hassan II, two strokes behind winner Jorge Campillo. Had his first top-10 in America at the PGA Championship, finishing T-8th. Was T-5th in the D+D Real Czech Masters but won the next week at the Scandinavian Invitational by one stroke over Matthew Fitzpatrick. Van Rooyen made a 15-foot birdie on the 72nd hole. He was T-10th at the Italian Open, then T-2nd at the Turkish Airlines Open, losing to Tyrrell Hatton in a six-man playoff. The good news for Van Rooyen was at the end of the year, he ended up 49th in the Official World Golf Ranking, which opened a lot of opportunities, including getting an invitation to the 2020 Masters.
2020 Notes: Played in 11 PGA Tour events, making six cuts with one top-10 finish. Was T-12th at the Abu Dhabi Championship but finished T-3rd at the WGC-Mexico Championship, three strokes behind winner Patrick Reed. Thanks to finishing T-20th at the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational and then T-51st at the PGA Championship, Van Rooyen was able to accumulate 334 non-member FedExCup season points, and with the 125th spot at the end of the season being at 276 points, Erik became eligible for PGA Tour membership for 2021 season.
2021 Notes: Finished T-23rd at the U.S. Open.

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Career at a Glance: Starts: 105, Cuts Made: 76 (72%), Top Tens: 18 (17%) , Rounds: 356, Scoring Avg: 70.54, Career Earnings: $5,789,711 - Best Finish: Scandinavian Invitation (1st)
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