Kalle Samooja sped over the finish line at the 2022 Porsche European Open to win his maiden DP World Tour title much to the delight of team Callaway Golf.
Starting the final round seven shots back, the 34-year-old from Finland, put on an outstanding display of ball striking and pressure putting, carding eight birdies, including three in the last four holes, to set a new course record, and win by two.
His flawless 64 at Green Eagle Golf Courses, Hamburg, was three shots better than any other round played over the week, with his -6 winning total earning him a cool €297,500, and booking Kalle a slot at this month’s US Open.
Samooja was helped to victory by using a host of Callaway and Odyssey equipment and continues Callaway’s winning streak at this particular event. Last year, Staff Professional Marcus Armitage, also claimed his maiden DP World Tour title.
An emotional Kalle said after the event: “It is truly special. It has been a long journey. I’ve been close a few times. My Callaway Irons have been working so well all week, all year pretty much, but this week it all really paid off.
“Getting that ticket to the US Open, and also securing a win, is unreal.”
Kalle’s winning bag included a Rogue ST Fairway Wood, a pair of JAWS Mack Daddy 5 Wedges, and an Odyssey Toulon Daytona Beach Putter.
Neil Howie, President and Managing Director of Callaway EMEA, said: “Massive congratulations to Kalle – what a phenomenal final day performance! To claim a maiden title at such an iconic tournament is something very special. Everyone at Callaway also wishes him well at the US Open in a few weeks’ time.”
What’s in the Bag – Kalle Samooja
Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS 10.5°
Fairways: Callaway Rogue ST Triple Diamond 15°
Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’19 4-PW
Wedges: Callaway JAWS Mack Daddy 5, 54° and 60°
Putter: Odyssey Toulon Daytona Beach