Alexander Björk chooses Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports is delighted to announce the signing of the 2018 Volvo China Open winner, Alexander Björk, fresh off his solo 2nd place finish at the Sky Sports British Masters yesterday.

Currently, Alexander is ranked 65th on the Official World Golf Rankings and 12th on the Race to Dubai rankings.

Heading into his second year on the European Tour, Alexander started it off in a near perfect style, by finishing tied 2nd at the UBS Hong Kong Open. This was then followed up by a tied 3rd finish at the Tropheé Hassan II and tied 6th at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.

Solid performances continued and it wasn’t long before Alexander claimed his maiden European Tour title at the Volvo China Open.

2017 was a whirlwind first season for Alexander on the European Tour. Recording three top-ten finishes, this helped him to a 43rd place finish on the Race to Dubai rankings, meaning that he comfortably retained his card for the 2018 season.

A tied third finish for Alexander at the 2017 HNA Open de France secured him a spot at the 146th Open Championship, where he made his major debut.

In 2016, Alexander picked up his first Challenge Tour victory at the Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge and also had nine top-ten finishes during this season. This led to him finishing 7th on the Road to Oman rankings and guaranteeing his European Tour for 2017.

“I am delighted to be joining the team at Hambric Sports”, said Alexander. “I’m ready to take my career to the next level and I know that by surrounding myself with the Hambric Sports Team, they can help make my dreams a reality”.

CEO of Hambric Sports, Rocky Hambric, said: “We are excited to welcome Alexander to the Hambric Sports Family. Already a proven winner on both the European and Challenge Tours, we look forward to helping him achieve the rest of his professional goals”.

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Björk, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Martin Laird, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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Koepka voted as the 2018 PGA Tour Player of the Year

The 2018 US Open and PGA Championship winner, Brooks Koepka, was announced on Tuesday as the PGA Tour Player of the Year.

The 28-year-old was voted by his peers as the Jack Nicklaus Trophy winner after a memorable year on the golf course.

Having missed the early part of the season due to a left wrist injury, Koepka not only managed to win the US Open Championship and the PGA Championship, but had second-place finishes at the WGC-HSBC Champions Tournament and Fort Worth Invitational, as well as four other top-10 finishes throughout the season.

Koepka joined the history books of the elite as just the fifth American with three major wins before the age of 29 and just the fifth player to win the U.S. Open and PGA Championship in the same season.

“Brooks has brought a new brand of athleticism to the PGA Tour, and we saw the results this year with his historic season at the major championships.” PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said on Tuesday. “These feats were accomplished despite missing significant time due to injury, a testament to his work ethic and perseverance throughout the season.”

Last month, Brooks received the PGA of America Player of the Year, which is awarded on a points-based system.

Well done Brooks on being recognised at the PGA Tour Player of the Year, following on from a phenomenal 2018 season. You battled so hard to get through a tough start to the year and nobody deserves this award more. 

Wilson seals second victory of 2018 at the Irish Challenge

England’s Oliver Wilson claimed his second win of the Challenge Tour season, at the Monaghan Irish Challenge yesterday. 

Starting the final day one shot behind Sweden’s Niklas Lemke, Wilson ended up finishing the day two shots clear of the field on 12 under par, following on from a final round of 69 (-3).

Opening up with three birdies in his first four holes on Sunday, Wilson raced ahead of the pack. A bogey on the fifth dropped him back one shot closer to the field, but he rectified things when he made his fourth birdie of the day on the seventh hole. 

Windy and wet conditions picked up and Wilson’s experience shun through, making birdie on the par five 15th hole, when he needed it most. 

A tap-in par putt on his final hole sealed the title and his second victory of the year. 

“I’m feeling pretty pumped after that,” said Wilson. “It was hard work today and a proper grind. We knew it was going to be tough and there was strong cross-winds everywhere.”

With this victory, Wilson moved from 38th to 15th in the Road to Ras Al Khaimah Rankings and massively increased his chances of returning to the European Tour. 

Well done Oli on a fantastic performance in tricky conditions all week. We are all delighted for you!

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Scalise signs with Callaway and Adidas

Hambric Sports is proud to announce that both Callaway Golf and Adidas Golf have partnered with Lorenzo Scalise, as he begins his professional career.

Scalise competed at the Irish Challenge last week on the Challenge Tour, where he put his new Callaway equipment into play and sported his Adidas apparel for the first time.

Having played four years of college golf at the University of Tennessee, Lorenzo reached a career high of 20th in the World Amateur Golf Rankings and was ranked 23rd upon turning professional.

2018 was a successful season for Scalise, competing at the Arnold Palmer Cup for Team Europe and for Team Italy at the World Amateur Team Championship in Ireland, where he led his country to a fifth-place finish in the team standings and eighth in the individual standings.

He made his professional debut at the Kazakhstan Open following the Eisenhower trophy and finished in a tie for 50th position.

“I’m incredibly honoured and excited to be joining both the Callaway Golf and Adidas Golf families,” said Scalise. “They are both such well-respected companies globally and I look forward to representing them with pride both on and off the golf course.”

Through an unwavering commitment to innovation, Callaway Golf creates products designed to make every golfer a better golfer. They manufacture and sells golf clubs, golf balls and other golfing accessories.

With a rich heritage of creating and designing sports clothing, Adidas successfully turned their attention to the golfing world to create a complete range of Adidas golf shoes, shirts and trousers. Worn by touring golf professionals, the famous three stripes of Adidas golf clothing has become an ever-present feature to the world of golf.

Olesen helps Europe win back the Ryder Cup

It was Francesco Molinari who secured the winning point, as Europe regained the Ryder Cup on a thrilling final day at Le Golf National last weekend.

Heading into the Sunday singles leading by 10 points to 6, the United States won three of the top five singles match to close the gap to just one point, 

Out in match number 7, rookie Thorbjørn Olesen took down Jordan Spieth (5&4) to claim a much-needed point for the European side. 

Having raced into a lead of five after a brilliant birdie on the 9th, he birdied again on the 16th hole to complete one of the most one-sided singles matches of the day. 

“I really wanted to play today, having not been there (on Saturday),” he said. “It’s unbelievable to do it like this. The crowds went mental.”

Dustin Johnson and Brooks Koepka were in action for the USA team, with Brooks recording 1 and a half points for the week and Dustin with one point. 

Congratulations to Thorbjørn and Team Europe on their victory and Dustin and Brooks and Team USA on their performance throughout the week. All three of you continue to do us proud both on and off the golf course!

Robin Dawson signs with Hambric Sports

Hambric Sports is proud to announce the signing of Irish golfer, Robin Dawson, following on from his decision to turn professional.

Robin was ranked 8th in the World Amateur Golf rankings upon joining the paid ranks and has had a fantastic 2018 season, claiming victory at the Flogas Irish Amateur Open and finishing in runner-up position at both The Amateur Championship and the European Amateur Championship.

Dawson was also selected to represent Europe at the Bonallack Trophy, Great Britain and Ireland at the St. Andrew’s Trophy and Ireland at the World Amateur Team Championships, the European Amateur Championships and the Home Internationals.

A proven winner, Robin has not only won the 2018 Flogas Irish Amateur Open, but also the World University Championships in 2016, the European University Championships in 2015 and the Irish Boys Amateur Open in 2013.

Robin will make his professional debut this week at the Portugal Masters, on the European Tour.

“I am delighted to be joining Hambric Sports and I’m confident that they are the right fit for me”, said Robin. “Both of our values and priorities are the same and this stood out to me from the start. I’m excited for what lies ahead and look forward to taking my career to the next level.”

Robin will be managed by Kate Whyte. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports said “Having followed Robin’s progress for quite some time now, he has always impressed us both on and off the golf course and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Hambric Sports family. We know that he has an exciting future ahead and look forward to being with him every step of the way.”

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers, and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Robin, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

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Hambric Sports welcomes Oliver Gillberg and Lorenzo Scalise

Hambric Sports is delighted to announce the signing of Sweden’s Oliver Gillberg and Italy’s Lorenzo Scalise, following on from their participation at the World Amateur Team Championships and decision to turn professional.

Oliver Gillberg captured his biggest amateur title at the 2018 South African Amateur Stroke Play Championship. Following on from this he was selected to represent Sweden at the European Team Championships and the World Amateur Team Championships, which have both assisted with his rise up the World Amateur Rankings to 14thposition.

“Turning professional is going to be a challenge that I relish and I am really looking forward to competing against the best players in the world. I am confident that Hambric Sports is the right fit for me as they have a long history in signing amateur golfers like myself and I’m looking forward to them guiding me through the early stages of my career, like they have done with their other successful clients”, said Gillberg.

Scalise is one of Italy’s up and coming golfing stars and has had an impressive amateur career, ranked 23rdon the World Amateur Golf Rankings.  He claimed victory at the 2018 Yale Spring Invitational and the 2017 Italian Amateur Championship, represented the Continent of Europe at the St. Andrew’s Links Trophy, Team International at the Arnold Palmer Cup and Team Italy at the World Amateur Team Championships.

He was also awarded with First Team All SEC honours, 2nd Team All American Honours and was a semi-finalist of the Jack Nicklaus award.

Lorenzo will make his professional debut this week at the Kazakhstan Open on the Challenge Tour.

“I have had a fantastic amateur career and I feel that now is the right time for me to enter the professional ranks. I am delighted that I have chosen Hambric Sports to help guide me through this new phase of my golfing career and I’m excited for what’s to come”, said Scalise.

Oliver and Lorenzo will both be managed by Duncan Maxim. Rocky Hambric, CEO of Hambric Sports said ‘We are very happy to welcome Oliver and Lorenzo to the Hambric Sports family. Both have proven themselves at amateur level and we look forward to assisting them on their rise up the professional ranks”.

With offices in Dallas, Los Angeles & Dublin, Hambric Sports specializes in the management of professional golfers, and markets its clients on a global basis. This includes seeking and negotiating income-producing opportunities within the golf industry and corporate world. In addition to Oliver Gillberg and Lorenzo Scalise, the list of clients includes Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka, Thorbjørn Olesen, Beau Hossler, Jordan Smith and Gonzalo Fernandez-Castaño.

 

Hickok goes wire-to-wire at the DAP Championship

Kramer Hickok completed a wire-to-wire victory at the DAP Championship on the Web.com Tour on Sunday, beating Hunter Mahan and Matt Jones by three strokes. 

Having already secured his PGA Tour card for next season through the Web.com Tour’s regular-season money list, Kramer is playing to improve his status. 

After leading each of the previous three rounds, Hickok closed out his victory with a 2-under 68, finishing on 14-under 266. With this win, Kramer became the first player to go wire-to-wire in 2018 on the Web.com Tour. 

Hickok’s victory pushed his season total to $373,635, which is enough to jump from 23rd position to 2nd among the 25 regular-season qualifiers. 

Not getting off to exactly the start he would have liked, Hickok bogeyed his opening two holes. However, he found his game in the middle of his round and birdied five holes in a seven-hole stretch. 

“It was more of a roller coaster factor today. I had a rough start and rough finish (he bogeyed the par 5 16th). Despite some mistakes, I’m holding the trophy, so it ended well and I finally won a Web.com Tour event.”

“Wire-to-wire has been one of my goals,” Hickok said. “Not only to win but to face that pressure being on top of the leaderboard every single day and know that you can play to your best ability is one of the things that I wanted to come to in my practice and the mental work that I do. It’s been a long way coming.’

Congratulations to Kramer on his maiden victory on the Web.com Tour. Having dominated the MacKenzie Tour last season and now winning on the Web.com Tour, we can’t wait to see where next year takes you on the PGA Tour! 

Koepka claims the 100th PGA Championship

Brooks Koepka claimed his second Major Championship this season as he won the 100th PGA Championship at Bellerive Country Club, in his 100th start on the PGA Tour.

Koepka carded a closing round of 66 to finish two shots ahead of Tiger Woods and write himself into the history books with Ben Hogan, Gene Saracen, Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win the US Open and PGA Championship in the same season. 

Setting a new tournament record of 16 under par with a total of 264, Koepka found it hard to believe how far he had come after missing a portion of the start of his season due to a serious wrist injury. 

“When I look at what I’ve done in the past two months, it’s incredible. Sitting on my couch watching the Masters, and to think I would do this, I would have laughed at you and told you there was no way, no chance, and to do it is really incredible.” said Brooks. 

After rounds of 69, 63 and 66 earlier in the week, Koepka entered the final round with a two-shot lead over Adam Scott. 

Brooks birdied the first hole of his final round and although he bogeyed the 4th and 5th, he remained cool, calm and collected and went on to make three birdies in a row at the 7th, 8th and 9th.

After superb par saves at 10 and 11, Koepka missed birdie chances on the next two greens and suddenly found himself tied for the lead with Adam Scott.

Birdies at 15 and 16 for Brooks were crucial and made the walk down his final hole that little bit more enjoyable with a 2 shot lead.

A 324-yard drive down the middle of the 18th fairway left Koepka with 122 yards to the pin which he hit to 17ft. A two-putt par here sealed victory for the 28-year-old and his third Major Championship.

With this win, Brooks jumps up to a career-best 2nd in the Official World Golf Rankings and 3rd in the FedEx Cup Standings.

“Three Majors at 28. It’s a cool feeling. It really is.” said Koepka.

We think so too Brooks! Congratulations on your third Major Championship and another fantastic display both on and off the golf course.

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Wilson back in the Winner’s Circle at the Swedish Challenge

Holing a ten foot par putt on the second playoff hole was enough to seal victory at the Swedish Challenge for Oliver Wilson. 

Oliver shot rounds of 68, 70, 79 and a final round of 68 to leave him on -13 and set up a playoff with the current Road to Ras Al Khaimah leader, Joachim B Hansen. 

With both Wilson and Hansen settling for pars on their first extra hole, Oliver held his nerve on the second playoff hole and played a fantastic approach shot from the edge of the green, before safely two-putting for par. 

The 2008 European Ryder Cup player has endured a tough couple of years, but he was thrilled to come away with his first victory since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in 2014.

“I’m absolutely delighted, I really am,” said Wilson. “It was hard. The last few years have been hard and I battled well today. Just to get the job done, it means a lot. There’s a long way to go on my journey but this is definitely a big step in the right direction.”

This victory at the Swedish Challenge catapults Oliver up to 26th position on the Road to Ras Al Khaimah rankings, less than 13,000 points away from the elusive top 15. 

Form is temporary and class is permanent. Well done on a fantastic victory Oli – we are all so proud of you and knew that your hard work would pay off!

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