10 Things You Didn't Know About Sami Valimaki

A one-time winner on the European Tour, here are some facts on the rather unknown Sami Valimaki.

8 Things You Didn't Know About Sami Valimaki
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A one-time winner on the European Tour, here are some facts on the rather unknown Sami Valimaki.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Sami Valimaki

1. The young professional was born in Nokia, Finland which has historic linkage with the multinational telecommunications company.

2. He is still attached to Nokia River Golf, the course located just outside of the town.

3. Valimaki turned professional in 2019 after he completed his compulsory military service in Finland at the end of 2018.

4. He went to the European Tour's Q-School in 2019 and from six rounds of competition he produced four rounds in the 60's to secure his card for the 2020 season.

5. It didn't take long for the Finn to make an impact. Valimaki earned his first European Tour victory in just his 6th start after defeating Brandon Stone in a playoff at the Oman Open. In the process he became only the 4th Finn to win on the European Tour after Mikko Ilonen, Roope Kakko and Mikko Korhonen.

Speaking at the time he said: “There are not many words to say, it’s unbelievable. It is great that more Finnish golfers are doing well in the sport and golf is getting more popular there in Finland.”

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6. Alongside other young talent from Finland, Valimaki represented his country at the 2018 European Amateur Team Championship. Matias Honkala, Jonatan Jolkkonen, Santeri Lehesmaa, Veeti Mähönen, Aleksi Myllymäki and Sami Välimäki made up the team and they managed to defeat England in the final by five points to two.

7. Valimaki plays a full bag of TaylorMade (opens in new tab) golf clubs and wears Oscar Jacobson clothing.

8. Valimaki actually won his very first event as a professional golfer. Playing at the Open Casa Green Golf in Casablanca, Morocco, he secured a two-stroke victory.

9. Whilst travelling the first thing he packs are his headphones. He listens to a lot of podcasts on ice-hockey, the NHL or the NBA.

10. His favourite golf course in the world is Royal Birkdale and his favourite fourball would include Tiger Woods, Tapio Pulkkanen and Dustin Johnson.

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Sam Tremlett
Senior Staff Writer

A golfer for most of his life, Sam is a Senior Staff Writer for Golf Monthly. 

Working with golf gear and equipment over the last five years, Sam has quickly built outstanding knowledge and expertise on golf products ranging from drivers, to balls, to shoes. 

He also loves to test golf apparel especially if it a piece that can be used just about anywhere!

As a result he has always been the one family and friends come to for buying advice and tips.

He is a graduate of Swansea University where he studied History and American Studies, and he has been a part of the Golf Monthly team since December 2017. He also previously worked for World Soccer and Rugby World magazines.

Sam now spends most of his time testing and looking after golf gear content for the website. He also oversees all Tour player content as well. 

Unfortunately, Sam is not a member of any club at the moment but regularly gets out on the golf course to keep up the facade of having a handicap of five.