Get to know Czech golfer Ondrej Lieser a little better...
Things You Didn't Know About Ondrej Lieser
1. He was born in Prague
2. He is attached to Prague City Golf Club
3. Ondrej has been playing golf since the age of 9
4. He turned professional in 2012 off a handicap of +3.9
5. He is the best Czech golfer, currently ranked around 600 spots higher in the Official World Golf Ranking than the country's number two player
6. He represented the Czech Republic at the 2012 Eisenhower Trophy in Turkey, where the Czech team finished 40th out of 72 nations
7. He has two wins on the third-tier Pro Golf Tour at the 2018 Zell Am See - Kaprun Open and the 2019 Polish Open
8. He became the first Czech golfer to win on the Challenge Tour at the 2020 Andalucia Challenge de Espana
9. He also became the first Czech golfer to earn a European Tour card
10. He earned his 2021 European Tour card after winning the 2020 Challenge Tour Grand Final and, therefore, the Order of Merit - also becoming the first Czech player to win the Challenge Tour Order of Merit
11. He qualified to represent Czech Republic at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games
12. He is known for his unusual golf bag, made by Czech company Golf Geum Technology
13. His career-high in the Official World Golf Ranking is 171st
14. He cites his interests as 'all sports' and specifically roller blading and floorball
15. He has a wife and daughter, and credits his wife for his rise through the tours and world rankings. Speaking to the European Tour, he said: "My life just turned around. She’s on the same mental level as I am, and she tells it like it is. She wouldn’t say: “It doesn’t matter, Ondrej, everything will be okay”, she tells the truth, which is what I need. I would say my life, from a family perspective, is the maximum it can be. I have a beautiful daughter, I have a beautiful wife and now it’s time for golf"
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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