Height – 5 ft 10″
Date of birth – 21st February 1985
Turned pro – 2008 (plus 4)
Family – Wife: Christina and daughter Millie
Residence – Gothenburg, Sweden
Joel Sjöholm is arguably the most colourful golfer competing in Europe.
Joel is regarded as one of the great characters on the tour and his larger than life personality has a great effect on everyone around him. He is a serial tweeter with over 10,000 followers and is a sponsors dream with the attention he attracts with his unique fashion choices.
Joel competed on the European Challenge Tour for the 2016 season and recorded his best finishes at the Swedish Challenge (T6) and the Terre dei Consoli Open (T10).
In Sweden, Joel shot rounds of 72, 71, 62 and 73 to finish in a tie for 6th position. The 62 that Joel shot on the Saturday was a new course record. In Italy, Joel shot 71, 69, 67, 73 for a share of 10th position.
He finished his season off in the Road to Oman rankings in 1o1st position.
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.
Four birdies on the opening nine helped him to take the lead at Is Molas, and he never looked back.
“It feels amazing,” he said. “I never thought when I was ten years old that I would have to wait until I was 32 before I earned my first victory as a professional. It is close to being the best thing that has ever happened to me. Obviously having children and getting married will always be the most special thing, but this is pretty incredible.
“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 has secured a full Challenge Tour card for the 2018 season and will also have status on the European Tour.
He finished his 2017 season ranked 31st on the Road to Oman rankings.
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DID YOU KNOW?
Joel has begun the revival of the plus 4’s, the last player adopting the plus 4’s was the late Payne Stewart.