July 21, 2018 09:15 AM
Former University of Minnesota Golden Gopher Erik van Rooyen is still in the hunt heading into the weekend at the British Open.
He shot an even-par 71 Friday at Carnoustie and is tied for seventh place at -4 through two rounds. It is van Rooyen's first major tournament and he trails leaders Zach Johnson and Kevin Kisner by only two shots.
Van Rooyen played for the Gophers from 2009-2013 and was a three-time NCAA Regional qualifier for head coach John Carlson.
"He has meant so much to our program," Carlson said on Friday. "The state of Minnesota is behind him. Just being able to live out his dream, we can't be more thrilled for him."
After coming to the Gophers from South Africa, van Rooyen has transitioned to a regular on the European Tour. He has played 15 events this year and took the lead into the final round of the Irish Open just two weeks ago, before settling for a fourth place finish.
"He's been building towards this opportunity," Carlson said. "I'm not surprised he's right back in the think of things this week. I wasn't surprised to see Erik eventually be on this stage. He deserves every opportunity he's given himself."
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Updated: July 21, 2018 09:15 AM
Created: July 20, 2018 05:12 PM
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