Having just turned 21, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard is hoping to come of age at this week’s ECCO Tour Championship hosted by Thomas Björn & Mercedes-Benz.
Bjerregaard has been in scintillating form so far this season, winning twice on the Nordic League and recording a further five top three finishes to rocket to the top of the Order of Merit and guarantee a Challenge Tour card for next season.
A debut campaign on the Challenge Tour will mark the next stage of Bjerregaard’s rapid rise through the ranks since he followed in the footsteps of a certain Rory McIlroy by winning the European Amateur Championship two years ago.
That victory secured a starting berth at last year’s Open Championship, and whilst the young Dane was ultimately unable to make the cut at Royal St George’s, he subsequently proved he was more than capable of holding his own amongst the elite of European golf when finishing in a tie for 45th place at this year’s Nordea Masters on The European Tour.
Now Bjerregaard will seek to live up to his billing as 'the new Thorbjørn Olesen' at Stensballegaard Golf in Horsens, Denmark, a course which also hosted the Bravo Tours Open on the ECCO Tour in June, when he finished in a tie for second place.
Bjerregaard is fully expecting a sterner test of his credentials when making the step up to the Challenge Tour this week, but he is quietly confident of continuing an astonishing run of form which has seen him finish outside the top 12 just once in 13 appearances on the Nordic League this season.
He said: “I know the level of competition on the Challenge Tour is very high. There are so many good players out here, and some of them have competed at this level – or even higher – for many years now. So you have to play really well to finish near the top of the leaderboard on the Challenge Tour, but I will try to do my best and hopefully surprise a few people.
“I’m really looking forward to playing with Nick Dougherty for the first two rounds. He has won three times on The European Tour and I’ve seen him on TV many times, so it’s nice to be playing with someone like him. Hopefully I can learn from the experience and get used to being in situations like that. It will help that I’m also playing with Morten [Ørum Madsen], who is a good friend of mine, so that will help me to relax and it should be a lot of fun out there. I’m really looking forward to it now.”