After missing the halfway cut in six of his previous seven tournaments, Kinhult birdied the last two holes to win the Betfred British Masters at Hillside in May 2019, beating Matt Wallace, Eddie Pepperell and Robert MacIntyre by one.
“I’m speechless – I don’t know what happened the last two hours,” he said. “I’ve been waiting for this moment for 20 years.”
Six months later Kinhult nearly added another title, but he ultimately lost to Tommy Fleetwood in a play-off for the Nedbank Challenge in South Africa.
He qualified for The 149th Open off the 2019 Race to Dubai standings, having made his debut in 2018 after finishing joint fifth at the HNA French Open, part of The Open Qualifying Series. He led by four early on the final day there.
Earlier in the same season Kinhult came third at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters only three months after finishing runner-up at the Challenge Tour Grand Final.
The son of a professional, he first came to prominence at the 2015 Nordea Masters. Only 18 at the time and boosted by a victory at the Lytham Trophy, he became only the second amateur to lead a European Tour event after both the first and second rounds.