Erik Van Rooyen Sets Tournament Record In Maiden PGA Tour Win

Erik Van Rooyen Sets Tournament Record In Maiden PGA Tour Win

Erik Van Rooyen Barracuda
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Erik Van Rooyen secured his first PGA Tour win after a scintillating final round at the Barracuda Championship.

Erik Van Rooyen Sets Tournament Record In Maiden PGA Tour Win

It was a different format for players this week, with a Modified Stableford scoring system being in play for the tournament.

Over the front nine, Van Rooyen (opens in new tab) found himself some 10 points back of the leaders. However, an eagle and two birdies in a nine-point stretch soon bought the South African into contention going into the back nine.

Further birdies followed at the par-4 13th and 16th to give the 31-year-old a slight cushion playing the last.

Drama would follow though. Holding a three-point lead on the 72nd hole he would, in his words, produce “probably the worst shot I hit all week.” A pull hook left into the trees.

It seemed that the golfing gods were looking down on Van Rooyen however, as his drive pinballed in the trees and rolled back into the centre of the fairway.

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Clipping his seven-iron approach to 15-feet, the South African would roll in the subsequent birdie putt to a huge fist pump and roar.

The 50 point score from Van Rooyen was a new tournament record, with his five-point winning margin over Andrew Putnam (opens in new tab) giving him his first taste of success on the PGA Tour.

After becoming a dad only a month ago, the victory was a huge one for Van Rooyen, with the 31-year-old saying this after his win: "Valerie is obviously way too small to have any understanding of what just happened, but my wife (Rose) has been my rock. She's been absolutely amazing.

"She's been pretty much a single parent for three of the last four weeks, ever since we had her. Her parents were with her when I was playing The Open, but I've been gone three out of the four weeks. So, as I mentioned earlier, this goes out to my wife, Rose, and little Valerie."

Erik Van Rooyen Barracuda

Van Rooyen celebrates with his caddie Alex Gaugert. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

With this victory, Van Rooyen (opens in new tab) has also secured a two-year exemption on the PGA Tour: "Obviously this was, in my mind, kind of the next step for what I wanted to achieve. I've got big dreams and aspirations, and winning on the PGA Tour was certainly part of that.

"It's massive. It's been a difficult sort of 18 months for me golf-wise. I haven't been playing well. There's been glimpses of it the last six months, but I haven't been able to put four good rounds together.

"I was well aware of the position I was in going into the playoffs, knowing that I've only got eight rounds left to make that cut and to win here this week, I mean, under the conditions and the pressure that I was under, I'm going to take so much confidence from this."

Matt Cradock
Staff Writer

Matt joined Golf Monthly in February 2021 covering weekend news, before also transitioning to equipment and testing. After freelancing for Golf Monthly and The PGA for 18 months, he was offered a full-time position at the company in October 2022 and continues to cover weekend news and social media, as well as help look after Golf Monthly’s many buyers’ guides and equipment reviews.

Taking up the game when he was just seven years of age, Matt made it into his county squad just a year later and continues to play the game at a high standard, with a handicap of around 2-4. To date, his best round came in 2016, where he shot a six-under-par 66 having been seven-under through nine holes. He currently plays at Witney Lakes in Oxfordshire and his favourite player is Rory McIlroy, despite nearly being struck by his second shot at the 17th during the 2015 BMW PGA Championship.

Matt’s current What’s In The Bag?

Driver: Honma TW747, 8.75°

Fairway Wood: TaylorMade Rocketballz Stage 2, 15°, 19°

Hybrid: Adams Super Hybrid, 22°

Irons: Mizuno MP54, 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTX 2.0 Tour Satin, 50°, 56°, 60°

Putter: Cleveland TFI 2135 Satin Cero

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x