Søren Kjeldsen hasn’t left Valderrama without putting some money in his pocket. We’re usually talking large sums, too.
His last trip at the 2016 Open de España saw the Dane fight his way back into contention with closing rounds of 72 and 68. It was the best weekend score in the field on the way to a T4 finish.
At the Andalucía Masters, Kjeldsen was runner up by two to Graeme McDowell in 2010 and tied for 49th in 2011.
The 42-year-old seems to play his best golf when the weather conditions are adverse. The weather forecast looks benign as far as temperatures and precipitation go, but a little bit of wind could be in play.
Kjeldsen could be a little rusty after taking over a month off since his last start at the Made in Denmark in August. I couldn’t find any injury concerns, though, so perhaps his sabbatical is just to gear up for the upcoming Final Series. In today’s game where a true offseason no longer exists, players are free to take time away whenever they can get it.
Before his time off, Kjeldsen was playing pretty well. He tied for 23rd on home turf at the Made in Denmark in his most recent start and was T16 in a rare PGA Tour start at the Wyndham Championship the week before. For the year, Kjeldsen is 13-for-20 in cuts made with two top-10s.
Valderrama is a good course for a precise, yet short hitter like Kjeldsen. Whether he’s peppering the greens or relying on his short game, I like one of the few world top-100 guys in Kjeldsen to make a splash this week and enter the Race to Dubai top 50.