Finland's Kalle Samooja took up golf at 8 years old when father introduced him to the game . Played primarily on the Asian Tour early in his career. Grew up idolizing fellow Finnish golfer Mikko Ilonen . Finished T-45 at 2020 Tokyo Olympics . Became the sixth Finnish golfer to win on the European Tour with a victory at the 2022 Porsche European Open. Opened with 7-under 65 at LIV Golf Promotions and finished 36-hole final day at 8 under to claim medalist honors.
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Greatest influence on golfing career? Mikko Ilonen
Golfer you most admire? Tiger just because of what he’s done
Number of holes-in-one? 9
If you could play any course in the world, it would be … Augusta National
Round of golf you’ve enjoyed the most? Last round of Porsche European Open to win with a course record
Your perfect golf shot? It goes in the hole
If you could acquire one trait from another golfer, what would it be? Rory’s driving
Shot that gives you the most difficulty? Fairway bunker shots
Most interesting thing about being a professional golfer? To be able to play the best courses in the world