Residence: Scottsdale, Arizona
Sweden’s Chris Hanell attended Arizona State University and turned professional in 1997. He still bases himself in Scottsdale and is a bit of a daredevil who lists sky diving and fast cars among his hobbies.
He won his maiden European Tour victory in the Madeira Island Open in March 2004 having regained his Tour card through the Qualifying School the previous year. This victory helped him to a 62nd place finish on the Order of Merit, equalling his best ever finishing position which he attained in 1999, his first full season on The European Tour after having graduated from the Challenge Tour in 1998. Missed the second half of the 2006 season with a shoulder injury and will therefore be competing on a medical exemption in 2007 where he finished 158th on the Order of merit.
In 2008 Chris had to split his time between the Full Tour and The Challenge Tour. He only played 5 events on the full Tour, making only one cut. His 63rd place finish at the Russian Open was his best finish on the Tour. Chris fared slightly better on the Challenge Tour. His best finish was a tie for 10th. His finish of 144th on the Order of Merit would have been much higher if he had played a full season on the tour.
Chris Hanell Club History
Below is a selection of clubs used by Chris Hanell throughout his career
Chris Hanell Tournament History
2007 BMW PGA Championship
24-27 May - BMW PGA Championship - West Course at Wentworth. The BMW PGA Championship was played out on a rain-lashed West Course at Wentworth in Surrey. Traditionally, the PGA attracts one of the strongest fields on the European Tour and this time was no exception with Vijay Singh, Ernie Els, Michael Campbell and others all making the trip across the pond. It was not, however, one of the better known superstars who walked off with the trophy and 725,000 Euro first prize, but Anders Hansen from Denmark who holed a 25 foot birdie putt on the first sudden-death play-off hole against England’s Justin Rose. This was only Hansen’s second victory on Tour – bizarrely the only other win was the same tournament – then called the Volvo PGA – five years earlier in 2002.
In Chris Hanell's bag...In Chris's bag at Wentworth - Nike Pro Combo irons, Nike Forged wedges, a Nike Sasquatch 460 driver, and an Odyssey 2 Ball Putter. Chris's initials can clearly be seen on stamped on the toe of some of his wedges. An older Ping Eye 2 wedge can be seen tucked in between his gleaming Nikes.
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