Height: 5 ft 10″
Date of birth: 21st February, 1985
Turned pro: 2008 (plus 4)
Family: Wife – Christina. Children – Millie and Poppy
Residence: Gothenburg, Sweden
Manager: Kate Whyte/ Mark Haastrup
Joel Sjöholm is arguably the most colourful golfer competing in Europe.
Regarded as one of the great characters on the tour, his sparkling personality has a great effect on everyone around him.
Joel competed on the European Tour and the Challenge Tour for the 2020 season and will continue to do so in 2021.
His best finish in a tournament since his 2017 win at the Italian Challenge, came at the 2019 Alfred Dunhill Championship, where he finished solo 2nd. The following week, Joel went on to finish tied 26th at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, meaning that he is a long way towards securing his 2021 European Tour card.
Competing on the Challenge Tour for the 2019 season, Joel finished the year ranked 23rd on the Road to Mallorca rankings.
His best performances were at the Made in Denmark Challenge (solo 2nd), Challenge de Espana (T2), Lalla Aicha Challenge (T4) and D+D REAL Slovakia Challenge (T5).
The previous season, 2018, Joel recorded his best finishes on the Challenge Tour at the Hopps Open de Provence, where he finished in a tie for 2nd spot. He went on to finish the year ranked 64th on the rankings.
After 9 years of hard work, patience and persistence, Joel finally claimed his maiden professional victory at the 2017 Italian Challenge in Sardinia on the Challenge Tour.
Having carded a final round 65, Sjoholm came from two strokes behind overnight, to win by 4.
“I shouldn’t really be standing here. I was playing on an invite this week, and I have to thank Alain, the Challenge Tour Director, and my management for getting me into the tournament. I only got here on Wednesday, I missed my flight on Monday, and I was a little bit worried about not being able to play the golf course – but this week I just putted really well and that was the difference.”
Joel’s win at the Italian Challenge was following on from a T4 finish at the KPMG Trophy where he finished on -16, giving him some confidence heading into Sardinia.
This victory catapulted Joel up the Road to Oman rankings from 98th to 5th and he secured a full Challenge Tour card for the 2018 season.
He finished his 2017 season ranked 31st on the Road to Oman rankings.
*Main image courtesy of Verdura Resort
Joel has begun the revival of the plus 4’s, the last player adopting the plus 4’s was the late Payne Stewart.