Koivu To Replace Koling On Aussie Open Feature Card

Koling, battling illness, still currently listed to play

Pasi Koive is ready to take a bite out of his feature card competition. Photo: Eino Ansio, Disc Golf World Tour

With the Aussie Open set to tee off in just about 12 hours, there’s some uncertainty about the playing status of one of the event’s marquee players.

2016 United States Disc Golf Champion Jeremy Koling is battling an illness and is “99 percent sure he will not be there,” according to tournament organizers. As a result, Finland’s Pasi Koivu is slated to take Koling’s place on the round one feature card, a change that has already been updated on the PDGA’s event website.

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While viewers will undoubtedly be disappointed to miss Koling, the 1008-rated Koivu is obviously no slouch. He has long been an elite member of the European disc golf scene, boasting 24 career wins. His top finish at a PDGA Major was fourth place at the 2013 European Open. Plus, it gives us a chance to share our favorite photo of him (above), taken at last year’s European Masters.

As of press time, Koling is still listed on the PDGA event page with a 10:50 a.m. start. We’ll update his playing status as it becomes available, and we wish him a speedy recovery.

  1. Steve Hill
    Steve Hill

    Steve Hill is the editor of Ultiworld Disc Golf. He provides reviews from the perspective of a low-powered player at Noodle Arm Disc Golf, and in the past served as the associate editor for Rattling Chains. Contact him at steve.hill@ultiworld.com or on Twitter.

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