Roope Kakko

Finland (FIN)

Picked up a club when he was five years old after being introduced to the game by his father, who was a Physical Education teacher. Also played ice hockey and football as a youngster but took up golf more seriously when he was 16. Enjoys playing ice hockey and has a house in Orlando where he follows the Tampa Bay Lightning NHL Team. Captured his maiden title on the European Tour in 2015 following three wins on the Challenge Tour, including the Finnish Open on his debut as an amateur in 2004. Had to wait a long time before capturing his maiden title as a professional, however, winning the 2013 National Bank of Oman Classic. Wife Minea (Blomqvist) plays on the LPGA Tour and has also caddied for her husband on occasions.

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