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Born: 12 March 2001
Major Wins: 0
Euro or PGA Tour Wins: 0
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. However, his pro career hasn't quite hit the same heights as yet. A runner up finish to Sergio Garcia at the 2019 KLM Open promised much but he's been unable to record a top 10 finish since. He needs a strong 2021.
Nicolai has a twin brother, Rasmus, who is also an exceptional young talent having won several events on the European Tour. It wouldn't be a surprise to see Nicolai emulate his brothers achievement of winning on the European Tour in the near future.
Nicolai only turned pro in 2019.
Pressure Performance Analysis
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.
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.
Major and WGC Analysis
Nicolai is yet to play in a Major but can definitely contend in future given his long hitting and great putting touch. He needs to establish himself on the European Tour first.
Still some way off this level.
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."