Beaten in the play-off this Sunday in Mississippi by the Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, Sepp Straka nevertheless made a remarkable entry to sixth place in Europe in the world ranking by qualifying points for the next Ryder Cup in Italy.
The Austrian has only played in all and for all six specific tournaments of the DP World Tour since… 2013!
Sepp Straka, Ryder Cup
Sepp Straka, 29, did not lose everything this Sunday in Jackson (Mississippi). Beaten on the 2nd play-off hole of the Sanderson Farms Championship by Canadian Mackenzie Hughes, the Austrian, winner of the Honda Classic on February 27 on the PGA Tour (2021-22 season), is in sixth place in the world European ranking by dots.
Enough to qualify – for now – directly for the next Ryder Cup which will take place from September 29 to October 1, 2023 at the Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome. Born in Vienna (Austria) before joining the United States at the age of 14, he continued his studies in the State of Georgia before turning professional in 2016.
Landed on the PGA Tour in 2019 via the Korn Ferry Tour, Straka finished 7th in the FedEx Cup 2022 thanks in particular to his second place (beaten in the play-off by Will Zalatoris) at the FedEx St. Jude Championship and his top 10 at the TOUR Championship (7th).
Very rare on the European Tour, he only played in six tournaments between 2013 and 2022, excluding Majors and WGC. His last appearance dates back to July 7 for the Genesis Scottish Open where he did not make the cut! Josef "Sepp" Straka (born May 1, 1993 in Vienna) is a professional Austrian golfer.
He plays on the North American PGA Tour. In addition to Austrian citizenship, he also holds US citizenship. Straka learned to play golf at the Fontana Golf Club in Oberwaltersdorf. As a teenager he moved to Valdosta, Georgia, where he attended high school and then the University of Georgia.
Straka graduated from the university with a degree in business administration. In 2017 he played his first professional tournaments on the second-rate Web.com Tour, where he won his first tournament in 2018. For 2019 he was the first Austrian to qualify for the North American PGA Tour.
He played his first major at US Open 2019. At the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, he shared tenth place in 2021. In 2022 he won his first PGA Tour tournament as part of the Honda Classic.