|Full name||Niclas Fasth|
|Born||29 April 1972|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb; 12.4 st)|
|Spouse||Marie (m. 2002)|
|Former tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1996)|
|Highest ranking||18 (7 October 2007)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T39: 2008|
|PGA Championship||T10: 2003|
|U.S. Open||4th: 2007|
|The Open Championship||2nd: 2001|
Fasth was born in Gothenburg. In 1982, when he was 10 years old, his parents bought a summer house close to Lysegården Golf Club in Kungälv, north of Gothenburg. His family, with father Kristher, mother Inga-Lill and younger sister Jessica, used to spend their summers there and began playing golf. With a lot of friends also playing the game, young Fasth was always at the golf course, practiced a lot and showed early talent.
Beside golf, Fasth practiced other sports and during winter time also showed talent in ice hockey.
At 16 years of age, he was adopted at the Swedish upper secondary sports school in Mark, outside Borås, to combine studying with golf training. The school won the Swedish School Championship in 1988, with Fasth winning individually, and represented Sweden at the international final in England.
In 1990, Fasth won the Swedish Teen-Tour Order of Merit for boys up to 19.
In 1991, he won the Greek Open Amateur Championship at Glyfada, Athens, with a new 72-hole tournament record 289, and the year after he was the Swedish Junior Match-play Champion, winning the final on the last hole at Kalmar Golf Club.
Fasth was the only amateur to make the cut at the 1992 Scandinavian Masters on the European Tour at Barsebäck Golf & Contry Club in Sweden, finishing tied 35th, 10 strikes behind winner, world number one, Nick Faldo.
He represented Sweden on all age levels. In 1992, he was part of the winning Swedish team at the European Youths' Team Championship in Helsinki, Finland, beating England in the final. Later that year, as one of the four best amateurs in the country, he was part of the Swedish team at the 1992 Eisenhower Trophy at Capilano Golf & Country Club, outside Vancouver, Canada, finishing 5th as a team and Fasth best Swede 5th individually.
He qualified for the U.S.-based PGA Tour at the 1997 Qualifying School, and played the PGA and European Tours concurrently in 1998, without success and in 1999 found himself back on the Challenge Tour. Since then he concentrated on playing in Europe.
He finished tenth on the 2001 European Tour Order of Merit, after being lone runner-up to David Duval at the 2001 Open Championship at Royal Lytham & St Annes Golf Club, England. After a closing round of 67, Fasth advanced from tied 20th and was the leader in the club house for two hours, before late starting Duval also closed with 67 and won by three strokes.
His 2001 performances enabled Fasth to qualify for the European team at the 2002 Ryder Cup, at The Belfry, England, were he contributed to a European 15½ to 12½ victory, with a halved match against Paul Azinger in the Sunday singles.
He finished lone fourth at the 2007 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club, Pennsylvania, two strokes after winner Ángel Cabrera. The week after, Fasth won his sixth European Tour event, the BMW International Open in Munich, Germany, ahead of home hero Bernhard Langer. These performances helped Fasth to a career best fifth-place finish on the 2007 European Tour Order of Merit.
Fasth has featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Ranking with a personal best of 18th for three weeks in October 2007.
His equipment sponsor has always been Callaway Golf.
Awards, private life
In 2003, the three Swedish teammates of the victorious European Ryder Cup team the previous year, Fasth, Pierre Fulke and Jesper Parnevik, was each, by the Swedish Golf Federation, awarded the Golden Club, the highest award for contributions to Swedish golf, as the 30th, 31st and 32nd recipients.
In 2003 Fasth was awarded honorary member of the Swedish PGA.
Fasth is married to Marie and has two children.
After his competitive career, Fasth has worked for the Swedish Golf Federation, as an adviser and coach for the Swedish national amateur team.
Professional wins (10)
European Tour wins (6)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||19 Mar 2000||Madeira Island Open||−9 (66-72-68-73=279)||2 strokes|| Mark Davis, Ross Drummond,|
Richard S. Johnson
|2||13 Feb 2005||Holden New Zealand Open1||−22 (65-63-75-63=266)||Playoff||Miles Tunnicliff|
|3||24 Jul 2005||Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe||−14 (68-66-72-68=274)||Playoff||Ángel Cabrera|
|4||30 Apr 2006||Andalucía Open de España Valle Romano||−18 (67-68-66-69=270)||Playoff||John Bickerton|
|5||22 Oct 2006||Mallorca Classic||−5 (66-71-70-68=275)||3 strokes||Sergio García|
|6||24 Jun 2007||BMW International Open||−13 (67-65-73-70=275)||2 strokes||Bernhard Langer, José-Filipe Lima|
1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour playoff record (3–1)
|1||2002||Murphy's Irish Open|| Richard Bland, Darren Fichardt,
|Hansen won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
Bland eliminated by birdie on second hole
|2||2005||Holden New Zealand Open||Miles Tunnicliff||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
|3||2005||Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe||Ángel Cabrera||Won with birdie on third extra hole|
|4||2006||Andalucía Open de España Valle Romano||John Bickerton||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
Challenge Tour wins (4)
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||25 Jul 1993||Västerås Open1||−10 (67-66-64=197)||1 stroke||Per Nyman|
|2||15 Aug 1993||Compaq Open1||−9 (72-66-70-67=275)||3 strokes||Vilhelm Forsbrand|
|3||5 Sep 1993||Open Dijon Bourgogne||−10 (74-68-70-66=278)||6 strokes||Fredrik Andersson|
|4||11 Sep 1999||Daewoo Warsaw Golf Open||−4 (73-73-67-67=280)||1 stroke||Hennie Otto|
1Co-sanctioned by the Swedish Golf Tour
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship||2||T28||CUT||CUT||T35||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||1||0||1||1||1||7||3|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 5 (2007 Masters – 2008 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (three times)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||CUT||T21||CUT||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
1Cancelled due to 9/11
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
NT = No tournament held.
- European Boys' Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1990
- European Amateur Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1991
- European Youths' Team Championship (representing Sweden): 1992 (winners)
- EGA Trophy (representing the Continent of Europe): 1992 (winners)
- St Andrews Trophy (representing the Continent of Europe): 1992
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Sweden): 1992
- WGC-World Cup (representing Sweden): 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 2002 (winners)
- Seve Trophy (representing Continental Europe): 2002, 2003, 2005
- Royal Trophy (representing Europe): 2007 (winners), 2009
- "Week 40 2007 Ending 7 Oct 2007" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
- "Inga-Lill Fasth:"Han var väldigt envis" trans-title: Inga-Lill Fasth: "He was very stubborn"". Svensk Golf. No. 6. June 2009. p. 109.
- "England nästa för Marks golfgymnasium" [England next for Mark Golf School]. Svensk Golf (in Swedish). No. 11. November 1988. p. 91.
- Jansson, Anders (2004). Golf - Den stora sporten [Golf - The great sport] (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation. pp. 96, 180, 197, 209, 224, 283. ISBN 91-86818007.
- "Hemmaseger i JSM" [Home victory at the Junior Nationals]. Svensk Golf (in Swedish). No. 8. August 1992. pp. 55, 59.
- Niclas Fasth ser framat (in Swedish) Högsbo-Sisjö Nytt nr 1 2018, Företagarföreningen Högsbo-Sisjön, 21 April 2018
- "European Amateur Team Championship". European Golf Association.
- Jansson, Anders (2004). Golf – Den stora sporten (in Swedish). Swedish Golf Federation. p. 212. ISBN 91-86818007.