Jason Palmer has been on a remarkable journey since turning professional in 2010 and the last two seasons have seen his stock rise in meteoric fashion. He progressed from the Alps Tour in 2013 and then made short work of the Challenge Tour, earning his place on the European Tour for 2015 in just one incredible year.
As an unorthodox player, Jason’s now-famous, unique one-handed chip shot technique saw him come under the media spotlight as he homed in on his European Tour Card. He has gained many fans and well-wishers going into his first opportunity to test his unusual technique regularly against some of Europe’s finest golfers including Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose, Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson.
Ditching tennis and taking up golf aged 14, Jason was always regarded as a huge talent at amateur level. He won the prestigious Italian Amateur Open in 2006, the Midlands Open in 2008 and, perhaps most impressively of all, the South of England Open Amateur Championship at Walton Heath in 2009, which included a sparkling 63 in the opening round.
It was time to join the professionals but having qualified for the Alps Tour that year, the 30 year old from Kirby Muxloe in Leicestershire was labouring under the dreaded ‘yips’ and his short game was suffering. He knew something had to change and he now credits the bold decision to commit to his unusual one-handed tactic as a significant turning point in his career.
His game showed almost immediate improvement, he began to enjoy playing again and positive results duly followed when, in August of his 2010 rookie year, Jason took his first Alps Tour win, the Uniqa Financelife Open, by an impressive four strokes.
In March 2012 Jason Palmer won the Kenya Airways-sponsored Pro-Am of the Barclays Kenya Open at Muthaiga Golf Club, Nairobi, beating a quality field including Nick Dougherty, Maximilian Kieffer, Chris Lloyd and several others.
Yet 2013 was to be an even more fantastic year for the up-and-coming pro as he claimed three further Alps Tour wins. In June he took the Friuli Venezia Giulia Open and followed that in late August by winning the Cervino Open. He saved his best for the Citadelle Trophy International in September, which he took by a remarkable 11 shots.
This sparkling form saw him top the 2013 Alps Tour Order of Merit and, moving onto the Challenge Tour in 2014, it was another purple patch at the end of the season that secured him a spot in European golf’s top tier.
His biggest victory to date came at the Foshan Open in China where he collected a cheque for €43,594 that shot him up the rankings and just one week later he narrowly missed out on back-to-back wins with a second placed finish at the National Bank of Oman Golf Classic.
Jason’s timely success meant he had secured his European Tour Card with one event to spare and he subsequently teed off his first season in the European big-time at the Alfred Dunhill Championship played around the magnificent Leopard Creek Country Club in Malelane, South Africa in December 2014.
As he joins the top table Jason has now earned himself the nickname ‘One-Armed Bandit’ his golf continues to go from strength to strength.