Onnea! You are now the European champion for the second time in your career; A junior title and now the open title. How does it feel to be the best player in Europe?
“Thank you! And it feels awesome. Knowing that I’m actually the best European disc golfer makes me feel good about myself and all the hard work I put into preparing. And it encourages me practice even harder.”
Finnish players won four titles this year, and there were 7 players in the top ten in open. What does this say about disc golf in Finland?
“I think it says that we just have the most players. And we have the most players because we have done a lot of work to build great courses and that creates those players. Jussi [Meresmaa] and others have done a great job on growing the sport in Finland. My mission is grow the sport in Finland, in Europe and around the World.”
You are the face of Team Prodigy in Europe; What will this win mean for you and Prodigy?
“For me this is absolutely the biggest win of my career. I couldn’t feel any better. For Prodigy, and specially for my company Prodigy Disc Europe, this means a lot. I believe in Prodigy and my victory shows that you can be very successful using our discs.”
You were out of the top five after your first round; what did you do to get yourself back into game and ultimately bring home the title?
“I was 6th after the first round and 7th after the second round. I was playing under my leve for those two rounds but I knew that I could finish the last two rounds with an average of -13 and still win this tournament. In the 3rd round I shot a -14, which was the best round in the whole tournament. Going in to the finals two strokes behind Simon Lizotte is pretty tough, but I knew that playing my best game I could beat any player and that’s what I did.”
You recently finished your six month mandatory military service in Finland, and now that it’s over will we see more of you in America, or do you plan on staying closer to home?
“I will definitely stay more in Europe, but next year I will play a couple of tournaments in States. I love to play in the USDGC and Worlds so I will go over for that.”
Kiitos Seppo, Onnea Euroopan mestari.
“Thank you Das, it’s a honor!”
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