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Erik Van Rooyen
Eric Van Rooyen
Born: 21 February 1990
Birthplace: Bellville, South Africa
College: University of Minnesota
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other Wins: 2
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐
Erik Van Rooyen or ‘EVR’ for short is a European Tour and PGA Tour winner.
His path to the European Tour was a well trodden one. In 2017, he won the Eye of Africa PGA Championship on the Sunshine Tour and the Hainan Open on the Challenge Tour which left him 3rd in the Race to Oman rankings and earned him his European Tour card for 2018. He now plays the PGA Tour.
EVR is a well-rounded player that is improving very fast. He is comfortable in the wind and enjoys links golf. Expect him to challenge at future WGC’s and majors.
Erik does have a temper and made headlines around the world after smashing a tee box marker at the 2021 US PGA Championship. He subsequently described the incident as "one of the lowest points of my career" and "embarrasing."
Erik became a father several weeks before his win at the 2021 Barracuda Championship, further evidence of the benefit of the Nappy Factor.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Erik perfomed well to win his first PGA Tour title but 4 of his last 5 efforts in contention have been underwhelming. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at ⭐⭐.
❌ Began the final round of the RBC Heritage one shot behind Varner and shot 70 to miss out on a playoff by two shots.
❌ Trailed Justin Harding by three going into the final round of the Dubai Desert Classic. Shot 73 to finish four shots back.
❌ One shot behind going into the final round at The Northern Trust, Erik shot a final round 72 to slip from 3rd to 7th.
✅ Erik was 2nd (4 points behind) going into the final round of the Barracuda Championship. Scored 16 points in the final round to win by 5 points. An impressive performance.
❌ Began the final round 2 shots behind a four-way tie for the lead at the RBC Heritage. Shot 69 to finish 21st, 7 shots behind winner Webb Simpson.
➖ Began the final round of the WGC – Mexico Championship 1 shot behind Justin Thomas (2nd place). Shot 70 to finish in 3rd place, 3 shots back of winner Patrick Reed.
✅ Began the final round 5 shots behind Matthias Schwab at the Turkish Airlines Open and shot 65 to get into a six-man playoff. He was eliminated on 1st playoff hole by a birdie.
✅ Won the Scandinavian Invitation after an epic dual with Matt Fitzpatrick over the weekend. Finished with rounds of 64-64 to take the title by 1 shot after starting the final round 1 shot back.
➖ Began the final round 3 shots behind (7th place) Thomas Pieters in the Czech Masters. Shot 71 to finish in 5th place, 5 shots behind winner Pieters.
❌ Co-led Scottish Open after 36 holes and shot 67-72 over the weekend to fall to 14th place, 5 shots behind Wiesberger. He was 2 shots behind Wiesberger after 54 holes.
❌ Took a 1 shot lead into the final round of the Trophy Hassan II, and shot 74 to finish in 2nd place, 2 shots behind winner Jorge Campillo who shot 71.
➖ Entered final round 1 shot behind (2nd place) Oliver Wilson at the Qatar Masters. Shot 70 to remain in 2nd place, 2 shots behind winner Justin Harding who shot 66.
❌ Led the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open by four strokes after three rounds, but a final round 74 dropped him into a tie for 4th place.
Several big finishes after missed cuts – 1st 2021 Barracuda, 3rd at 2020 WGC Mexico Championship, 10th at the 2019 Italian Open, 5th at the 2018 Made In Denmark and 4th at the 2018 Irish Open. EVR can produce a big week from nowhere.
He is also capable of maintaining form – in 2019 he produced three top 10’s in 4 weeks and back to back top 5’s later in the year. In 2021 he posted a run of form on the PGA Tour which read 1-37-7-5.
Several top finishes at wind exposed events – 4th at 2018 Irish Open, 2nd at 2019 Qatar Masters, 2nd at Trophee Hassan II and two top 20 finishes in Open Championships.
Goes Best When Fresh
Three of his four career wins came after at least a week off. Furthermore, 2nd at Trophee Hassan II and 5th at Czech Masters in 2019 both came after 4 weeks off so he can play well coming in rested.
Events to back Van Rooyen
Consider Erik if he plays the Scottish Open this year. He recorded finishes of 14th and 6th at The Renaissance Club in 2019 and 2020.
Lost a star studded six-man playoff at the 2019 Turkish Airlines Open. He was eliminated on 1st playoff hole by a birdie. He also had a Sunshine Tour playoff in 2017 where he defeated Dylan Frittelli with a birdie on the 1st extra hole to win the Eye of Africa PGA Championship.
Given the number and quality of entrants in the Turkey playoff, we recommend no bet in a Van Rooyen playoff due to limited evidence.
2021 BMW Championship
"Now it's almost completely flipped. I'm absolutely cruising and I'm playing some of the best golf I've ever played consistently. It's a great place to be."
2020 3M Open
"It's a really demanding golf course, Bethpage Black. It tests every facet of your game, which a major championship will. I think I proved there that my game can definitely stand up to a test like that, and then you're competing against the best players in the world, finishing top-10, it gives you a ton of confidence."
2020 3M Open
"It's not so much a goal being a full-time PGA TOUR player as it is a goal of wanting to compete against the best in the world. However, the best in the world play here. So that's why I want to get my PGA TOUR card. We also live here now. My wife's from Minneapolis, from here, so we live in the U.S., we want to raise our family here, so I think long term it just makes sense. But again, I see myself as one of the best players in the world and I want to compete on that level and that means I'll play here. It's definitely a goal of mine. It's been on my mind throughout these last few months, but it will take care of itself. I know that I'm a good enough player, so if I put the scores up, it's going to happen."