Masters Rookie: Johan Edfors

By: Prentice Elliott Email
By: Prentice Elliott Email

Stargazing has become a popular pastime at the masters each year as celebrities show up at Augusta National to watch the year's first major.

This time around, patrons will get a two for one with a first-timer who bears a striking resemblance to another sports star.

If you've followed tennis in the last five years, you know Roger Federer, the most dominating player in the sport.

But you may not know who Johan Edfors is...and your first guess might be that he's Federer's twin brother.

"I've heard it once or twice, yeah," Edfors told News 12 Sports. "In the beginning when I wasn't used to it, it was getting kind of funny, but now it's getting kind of old."

Edfors is not related to Federer. The 31-year Swedish export is distinguishing himself in the world of golf though.

Last year, Edfors won three tournaments and had four top 10 finishes on the PGA European Tour just a year after graduating Q-school.

His play vaulted him into the top 50 in the world rankings and earned an invite to play the Masters on the one course he's said he would like to play once before he died.

"I've already played it, so I hope I don't die before I play the tournament," he joked.

That practice round aside, Edfors is still expecting nerves on the first tee of his opening round, but he's not necessarily worried about it.

"It's going to be nervous, but I kind of like that feeling," he said. "It's always nice to see how you handle it and how you perform when you're really nervous."

Of course, the pressure might be lessened a little if patrons think it's Roger Federer taking the first tee, and not Johan Edfors...

"It's happened a little too often, actually."

And while it may seem as if Edfors is a little tired of the mistaken identity, there is some evidence from fellow Swedish players on tour that Johan has embraced his look-alike status when mistaken for the world's top tennis player.

"I've heard he's signed autographs for him," one fellow player said.

"He's the best tennis player in the world, and probably the best there's ever been, so it should be a compliment to me to be looking like him...but I'd rather have his tennis game," Edfors said.

That may not happen, so for now, Edfors will have to settle for the being the best golfer who happens to look like Roger Federer in the world.

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