Going Out in Style

Former CU golfer Sebastian Heisele earns biggest payday of career in his finale on DP World Tour as he’s retiring from circuit to become coach

By Gary Baines – 10/30/2022

A week after one former University of Colorado golfer from Germany made headlines on the DP World Tour — with Yannik Paul winning the Mallorca Golf Open — another garnered quite a bit of attention in his own right.

Sebastian Heisele, who played for CU from from 2008 through ’11, announced during the Portugal Masters that the event would be his career finale on the former European Tour. The 34-year-old, a pro for the last decade, said he’ll be embarking on a coaching/instructing career.

And this week in Portugal, he went out on a high note as the tall (6-foot-6), thin self-described journeyman finished in fifth place. It was the fourth-best finish ever on the DP World Tour for Heisele, who placed a career-best third in the 2017 KLM Open and won the Open de Bretagne on the European Challenge Tour in 2019.

“It means a lot to go off with a good week,” Heisele had said on Saturday. “I loved my time here, but that’s going to be it.”

Sebastian Heisele during his final day as a DP World Tour competitor.

Heisele had earned 604,073 euros in his DP World Tour career going into the week, but won 77,585 alone on Sunday. Ironically, that marks his biggest payday, by euros, of his career.

In Portugal, Heisele went 67-64-65-69 for a 19-under-par 265 total, which left him 11 strokes behind winner Jordan Smith of England.

Elsewhere during the Portugal Masters, which was the last shot for players to earn points to retain their DP World Tour cards for 2023, former University of Denver golfer Espen Kofstad narrowly did just that thanks in part to a final-round 64 that included six straight birdies. Kofstad tied for 43rd place in the tournament with an 11-under total.

For all the scores from the Portugal Masters, CLICK HERE.