The DP World Tour returns to European soil for the first time since October this week and two increasingly familiar names are among the favourites to capture the new event: the ISPS Handa Championship in Spain.
Danish twins and Rasmus and Nicolai Hojgaard have been taking the tour by storm in the last few seasons, racking up five wins between them in a combined 100 starts.
The 20-year-olds are being touted as possibles for the next Ryder Cup and it's intriguing that one of those five wins, by Nicolai, came at the 2023 venue: Marco Simone Golf Club in Rome.
His victory there came last summer, exactly a week on from Rasmus capturing the European Masters in Switzerland. The duo are hot properties and in recent weeks they've been testing themselves on the PGA Tour. It didn't go so well for Nicolai, who missed cuts at the Honda Classic, Arnold Palmer Invitational and Corales Puntacana Resort and Club Championship. But Rasmus did make his mark, posting sixth at the Corales Puntacana and adding tied 18th in the Valero Texas Open.
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Rasmus also has course form at this week's ISPS Handa Championship in Spain. Three years ago at the Lakes Course at Infinitum in Tarragona, he finished fifth at Q-School to secure his card.
It would be foolish to rule out Nicolai though. He came into February's Ras al Khaimah Championship on the back of two missed cuts but stormed to victory with 24-under.
Can one of them put their name on another trophy? Here, Planet Sport looks at the dynamic duo's five DP World Tour wins so far.
Rasmus - AfrAsian Bank Mauritius Open (December 2019)
Rasmus turned pro at the start of 2019 and grabbed his first win before the calendar year was out.
It came via a play-off as he held off Renato Paratore and Antoine Rozner to win at the third extra hole after the trio had all posted 19-under (Rasmus shot 66-69-66-68). This was just Rasmus' fifth start at the highest level and made him the third youngest winner in European Tour history. He was also the first ET winner to be born in the 2000s.
Rasmus - ISPS Handa UK Championship (August 2021)
A second win for Rasmus and again he showed his mettle by winning a play-off against South African veteran Justin Walters. Nine back after round one, seven adrift at halfway and five off the pace after 54 holes, Rasmus came storming through with a closing 65 to finish at 14-under. In landing the title (73-69-67-65) he became the second youngest multiple winner in Tour history.
Rasmus - Omega European Masters (August 2021)
Rasmus added his third title in an afternoon of high drama up in the Swiss mountains.
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Four shots back going into the final round, he played the final six holes in 5-under to post a brilliant 63 to set the clubhouse target of 13-under and then sat back to see where it might take him.
Bernd Wiesberger looked set to take the title but double bogeyed the final hole to leave Rasmus as a three-time Tour winner at the age of just 20.
Nicolai - Italian Open (September 2021)
A week after watching Rasmus become a three-time winner, Nicolai banked his first victory via one-shot success over Tommy Fleetwood and Adrian Meronk.
A shot clear at start of play, Nicolai needed a closing birdie to seal victory and he found it to win with 13-under (66-69-65-71). "It means a lot," he said. "Seeing Rasmus win three times made me want to do it even more."
Nicolai - Ras Al Khaimah Championship (February 2022)
In golden position to add a second win after shooting rounds of 67-65-64, Nicolai lost his way around the turn and slipped two behind Jordan Smith.
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But, seizing the moment, he birdied the 13th, eagled the 14th and sealed a four-shot win with two further par breakers to win with 24-under after a closing 68.
"I had to dig geep out there," he said after completing his second victory. "I stepped up with a clutch finish so I'm really happy."
The Hogaards by numbers
DP World Tour Tournaments played
Rasmus - 45 Nicolai - 55
Rasmus - 28 Nicolai - 27
Rasmus - 3 Nicolai - 2
Rasmus - €1,517,028.10 Nicolai - €1,765,069.12
Rasmus - 108th Nicolai - 80th
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