Thousands of golfers from around the world have followed Swedish player Olafia Kristinsdottir’s career in recent years.
They have all made the same key mistake in the past five years: They have failed to appreciate the impact of her golf work ethic.
Kristinsdottir, now 28, is the oldest current member of the top 100 European Tour players. After graduating from the University of Tennessee with a degree in marketing, she spent six years away from golf. She worked for Adidas in Scandinavia and Canada, and played some European tour events before deciding she wanted to try for the top European golf prize money. That meant playing regularly on a lucrative circuit in the former Yugoslavia in her native Iceland.
Kristinsdottir received decent, but not spectacular, results, but then broke through in 2011. She won in Europe for the first time, at the Viking Open in a playoff against Suzann Pettersen. She then won two more titles in Europe and started reaching new heights on the European money list.
She was only top 10 in one tournament in the past two years, but when you analyze her performances in the past five years, her regular top 10 performances translate to an excellent ROI. Three times she has topped the money list in European events.
In the most recent money list for 2013, she finished 15th. Her career earnings in the past five years stand at $350,360, with a 9.2 percent compound annual growth rate.
For more info about Kristinsdottir’s accomplishments, you can read our recent profile in GOLF Magazine.
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