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Born: 12 March 2001
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 2
Other Wins: 1
Grass Preference: Unknown
Significant Life Events: Yes
GBC Wind Performance Rating: ⭐⭐⭐
GBC Pressure Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Nicolai had a successful amateur career where he reached 5th in the amateur rankings and won the European Amateur Championship, notably defeating Viktor Hovland.
A breakthrough win at the Italian Open in September got Nicolai's career moving. He then finished 2021 with back to back top 5's to break into the world's top 100, before winning the Ras Al Khaimah Championship in early 2022.
Nicolai has a twin brother, Rasmus, who is also an exceptional young talent having won several events on the European Tour.
Nicolai only turned pro in 2019.
Turned 20 in March 2021.
Pressure Performance Analysis
Nicolai isn't the finished article yet but he's comfortable in contention for his age. His Golf Betting Club Pressure Performance Rating is set to ⭐⭐⭐⭐ on the basis of his record to date.
✅ Took a three shot lead into the final round of the Ras Al Khaimah Championship. Shot 68 to win by four shots but did lose his lead midway through the round before recovering well.
✅ Began the final round of the Portugal Masters 6 shots behind Pieters. Shot an impressive final round 64 to finish 2 shots back, although did lose a shot on his last hole.
✅ Took a one shot lead into the final round of the Italian Open. Shot 71 to hold on and win by one shot.
✅ Entered the final day two shots off the pace at the KLM Open and shot a 68 to miss out on a playoff with Sergio Garcia by one shot. Nicolai felt the pressure slightly as he came down the stretch as he failed to birdie the par 5 15th and then bogeyed the 16th hole. He made a good effort to eagle the last but ultimately he came up one short.
Goes Well Fresh
He won after a week off and also finished 2nd, 4th and 7th after off weeks in 2021.
Events to back Nicolai
Won here in 2021 and also 16th in 2020.
Nicolai won the European Amateur Championship in the Netherlands and also had success at the KLM Open in 2019 so he has positive mental associations with Holland.
Nicolai has yet to be in a playoff.
2019 Australian PGA Championship
"It's a big motivation, for sure. I'm really happy for Rasmus but I really want to do the same. I'm trying to not get carried away with his result and try to focus a bit more on myself. If I finish second here, it's still good. I don’t have to compare myself to him all the time. I'm happy for him, hopefully I can follow that up this week. It would be cool to follow up my brother, but sometimes it just comes out of nowhere. I saw last season it can happen suddenly. I'm hoping for a good week here, I’m not focusing on the result. I’m trying to improve my golf; this is a kick-start to the season so it would be nice to have a good finish."