Callaway star Nicolai Hojgaard continues to ride the Ryder Cup bump, equalling his career-best result on the PGA Tour with a runner up at the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines.
Fresh off a win at the DP World Tour championship in Dubai, the 22-year-old has hit the ground running in the US. At San Diego’s famed Torrey Pines, Hojgaard made birdie on the 72nd hole of the South course on Saturday for his second runner-up finish on the PGA Tour after the 2023 Puntacana Championship.
With rounds of 67 66 73 70, the Dane was solo second at 12 under par (276). It was Hojaard’s 22nd PGA Tour start, but first as a full member having earned enough FedEx Cup non-member points in 2023.
“I definitely take the first couple of days playing some solid golf. Then the last two days, I was a bit scrappy. I had to dig deep, I had to grind. We love the grind when you’re out there and you can feel the nerves.
“I’m still happy with — I’ve got a bigger picture here. We’re on the right path, we’re doing some good things. There’s a lot of things we can do better. We’re going to regroup now, we’ve got a few more days now preparing for Pebble next week. I’m excited for the future. I’m sure I’m going to get it over the line at some point. It’s about being patient and just stay calm. And obviously you’ve got to enjoy this as well. You’ve got to take your losses with a smile sometimes because it makes you stronger. I definitely, I’ll definitely do my best to get a couple shots better.”
Joining Hojgaard high on the leaderboard at Torrey Pines was fellow Callaway staffer Kevin Yu. Having led after round one, Yu finished T6 at 10 under courtesy of a bogey-free 67 on Saturday’s final round, including birdies on the final two holes. It gave Yu back-to-back top 10s in as many weeks on tour after a T3 at The American Express. Yu also earned his spot into next week’s Signature Event at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by virtue of finishing fourth in the Aon Swing 5. Yu was pleased with how he drove it on the final two days with his Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond.
“I felt I was driving the ball way better today compared to the last two rounds on South course,” Yu said. “The key out there is just got to hit fairways, which I did today. Putting was pretty solid today so it helped me make a lot of clutch putts and then birdie putts, too
“This week and last week, back-to-back top-10s, this is the first time for me. I can see the game is trending right now, so hopefully I can keep it up.”
What’s in the Bag – Nicolai Højgaard
Driver: Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond (10.5°) – Mitsubishi Tensei 1K Pro White 70-TX shaft
Fairway: Callaway prototype (16.5°)
Irons: Callaway Apex MB ’21, 4-10
Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy 5 50°; Callaway JAWS Raw 56° and 60°
Putter: Odyssey O-Works Jailbird Mini
Golf Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X Triple Track
What’s in the Bag – Kevin Yu
Driver: Paradym Ai Smoke Triple Diamond
Fairway Woods: Paradym Triple Diamond Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-9) Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100
Wedges Jaws Raw Face Chrome Wedges
Ball: Chrome Tour X
Incredibly, Hojgaard’s twin brother, Callaway ambassador Rasmus, also finished solo second at the DP World Tour’s Ras Al Khaimah Championship with a 21 under score. Callaway staffer Andrea Lee finished tied ninth at the LPGA Tour’s Drive on Championship.