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Erik Van Rooyen

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Eric Van Rooyen

Born: 21 February 1990
Birthplace: Bellville, South Africa
College: University of Minnesota
Resides: Unknown

Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 1
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 winner who surged up the world rankings in 2019 following a successful year which included his maiden win at the Scandanavian Invitation on the way to a 12th place finish on the Race to Dubai.

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 which earned him his European Tour card for 2018.

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. He played the PGA Tour in 2020.

Significant info

Erik turned 30 in February 2020 and it's no surprise to see his upturn in form match this significant birthday.


Pressure Performance Analysis

June 2020
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.

February 2020
Began the final round of the WGC – Mexico Championship 1 shot behind Justin Thomas, shooting 70 to finish in 3rd place, 3 shots back of winner Patrick Reed.

November 2019
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.

August 2019
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.

August 2019
Began the final round 3 shots behind Thomas Pieters in the Czech Masters, shooting 71 to finish in 5th place, 5 shots behind winner Pieters.

July 2019
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.

April 2019
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.

March 2019
Entered final round 1 shot behind Oliver Wilson at the Qatar Masters. Shot 70 to finish in 2nd place, 2 shots behind winner Justin Harding who shot 66.

July 2018
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.

Since Erik’s win at the 2019 Scandinavian Masters, he has been acceptable in the mix and appears to be far more comfortable since his early days on tour. He is expected to go from strength to strength from here but his Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set at 3 stars for the time being until he contends on the PGA Tour more.


Several big finishes after missed cuts – 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.

Stays Hot
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.

Wind Expert
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
2nd at Trophee Hassan II and 5th at Czech Masters both came after 4 weeks off so he can play well coming in rested.

Major and WGC Analysis

Erik made his major debut in 2018 at the Open Championship with a 17th place and followed that in 2019 with a 20th place. He appears to enjoy links golf and could be a future Open champion.

He also recorded an 8th at the 2019 USPGA and 23rd at the 2020 U.S. Open. EVR appears to have the game to be a big performer in majors to come and it is recommended he is backed in specialty markets.

In his first five WGC starts, he finished no worse than 38th, including a 3rd place finish at the 2020 WGC – Mexico Championship. He could be a force at future WGC’s.

Playoff Record


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.

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