Kalle Samooja


  • Started playing golf at eight years old after being introduced to the game by his father
  • Tried unsuccessfully to qualify for European Tour six times and instead played mostly on the Asian Tour
  • Changed coaches in 2015, employing former player Mika Piltz, who helped him with a clear vision for progress; also worked hard on his fitness routine to improve as a player
  • Won the 2018 Hainan Open on the Challenge Tour two weeks after the birth of his son
  • In his rookie season on the European Tour in 2019, finished T2 after losing a five-man playoff at Omega European Masters en route to retaining his European Tour card; lost another playoff at 2020 Cyprus Open
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