Winner’s Circle: Erik van Rooyen Claims First PGA Tour Title at the Barracuda

Erik van Rooyen Wins Barracuda Championship
Erik van Rooyen celebrates with the trophy after winning the Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course on Aug 8, 2021 in Truckee, CA. (Photo by Alex Goodlett via Getty Images)

Erik van Rooyen produced 16 points on Sunday to claim his maiden PGA Tour title at the Barracuda Championship.

The 31-year old South African finished his final round at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood course with just one bogey offset by six birdies and an eagle to reach 50 points, five points clear of runner-up Andrew Putnam.

“Everything,” said Van Rooyen, when asked what the win means to him. “I mean, it’s everybody’s dream to play here. And if you look at my career, like you said, started out in South Africa, won there. Won on Challenge Tour Europe. And now here, I’m over the moon.”

Erik van Rooyen Wins Barracuda Championship
Erik van Rooyen celebrates winning on the 18th green during the final round of the Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course on Aug 8, 2021 in Truckee, CA. (Photo by Alex Goodlett via Getty Images)

With the victory, Van Rooyen receives a two-year PGA Tour membership/exemption while earning $630,000 and 300 FedExCup points. He will now move be eligible for the big-money FedExCup playoffs.


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Pro-File

Full Name: Erik van Rooyen
Nationality: South Africa
Height: 6′ 2″
Weight: 190 lb
Birthdate: Feb. 21, 1990 (age 31)
Native: Bellville, South Africa
College: Univ. of Minnesota
Highest World Rank: 40 (6/21/20)


Leaderboard: Top 5

1. Erik van Rooyen +50 (+16)
2. Andrew Putnam +45 (+11)
2. Scott Piercy +44 (+11)
4. Adam Schenk +43 (+5)
5. Brandon Hagy +41 (+18)
Stableford scoring format.


The Winning Numbers

Erik van Rooyen Wins Barracuda Championship
Erik van Rooyen looks on after hitting his shot on the 2nd hole during the final round of the Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course on Aug 8, 2021 in Truckee, CA. (Photo by Alex Goodlett via Getty Images)

Topline Stats:
Driving: 323.0 yards (42nd)
Longest Drive: 374 yards (T30)
Fairways: 71.43% (40/56) (T35)
Greens: 77.78% (56/72) (T3)
Putts/GIR: 1.554 (4th)

Scoring:
Eagles: 2 (T2)
Birdies: 23 (T2)
Pars: 41 (T44)
Bogeys: 6 (T32)
Double Bogeys: 0 (T1)
Triple Bogeys+: 0 (T1)


Van Rooyen’s PGA Tour Season

Starts: 23
Cuts Made: 12
Wins: 1 (Barracuda)
Additional Top 10: 2
Earnings: $1,484,096 (77th)
FedExCup Pts: 633 (76th)
World Rank Before/After: 113/79


WITB: Van Rooyen

Erik van Rooyen Wins Barracuda Championship
Erik van Rooyen looks on from the 16th hole during the third round of the Barracuda Championship at Tahoe Mountain Club’s Old Greenwood Golf Course on Aug 7, 2021 in Truckee, CA. (Photo by Alex Goodlett via Getty Images)

Erik van Rooyen primarily plays a full bag of Callaway clubs including Epic Flash driver and Apex irons.

Driver: Callaway Epic Flash (10.5˚)
4-Wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5˚)
Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18˚)
Utility: Callaway X Forged (18˚, 21˚)
Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-PW)
Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50˚, 54˚, 58˚)
Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Marxman
Ball: Titleist Pro V1
Source: GolfWRX


Credits: Getty Images, PGA Tour Media


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