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Official World Golf Ranking: 63
Born: Wed,Feb 21,1990 - Bellville, South Africa
Age: 31y 10m 26d, Nationality: ZAF
Height: 6' 3, Weight: 195lbs
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: Played in 27 PGA Tour events making 16 cuts with five top-ten finishes. Was T-22nd in the FedExCup standings. Finished T-9th in the WGC-Dell Match Play Championship, he won his pod of Harris English, Daniel Berger, and Brendon Todd, but lost 3 & 2 to Jon Rahm in the round of 16. With the finish earned enough non-member, FedExCup points to secure membership for the 2020-21 season via the Top 125 Non-Member category. Shot a final-round 68 to finish T-10th at the Palmetto Championship at Congaree. Won the Barracuda Championship by five points over Andrew Putnam. The victory came in his 41st start at the age of 31 years, 5 months, 18 days. At 50 points, became the first player with a winning score of +50 since the Modified Stableford scoring system was introduced in 2012. With the victory became a full-time PGA Tour member. He entered the Barracuda 139th on the FedExCup standings, the Barracuda win got him into the FedExCup playoffs. Finished 7th at the Northern Trust, placing 45th in the FedExCup standings. Was 5th at the BMW Championship which got him to 27th in the standings and a trip to the Tour Championship. At East Lake finished T-22nd.

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Career at a Glance: Starts: 125, Cuts Made: 90 (72%), Top Tens: 22 (18%) , Rounds: 414, Scoring Avg: 70.44, Career Earnings: $7,680,403 - Best Finish: 1st (2 times)
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