Height: 6 ft. 3 in
Weight: 210 lbs
Turned Pro: 1998
Birthplace: Svedala, Sweden
Sponsor: Taylor Made
Hanson had a decent career as an amateur and turned pro at twenty one years old in 1998. He alternated between the Challenge Tour (the second tier tour in Europe) and the European Tour for the first few years of his career. His sole win on the Challenge Tour came in 2001 when he defeated Robert Jan Derksen by three shots at the Günther Hamburg Classics. After finishing 5th in the standings in 2003 on the Challenge Tour, Hanson would hold onto his main card to this day.
His first win on the European Tour came in 2005 at the Jazztel Open de España en Andalucía. He defeated Peter Gustafsson on the first play-off hole to clinch the title. He would win again in 2008 at the SAS Masters, which was one of six top 10 finishes that season for the big Swede. Hanson would win twice in 2010, both after play-offs. In May he captured the Iberdrola Open Cala Millor Mallorca after a play-off with Alejandro Cañizares. In August he claimed the Czech Open despite shooting a final round of 74.
Hanson would win twice again in 2012, winning the KLM Open by two strokes and the BMW Masters by a single shot. This was the best season of his career to date with a runner-up finish and two third places contributing to his finish at 4th place in the money list. One of those 3rd place finishes came at the Masters, Hanson’s best finish to date in a Major Championship. He even held a one shot lead going into the final round but failed to convert it into the Green Jacket. He was a part of the victorious Ryder Cup sides in both 2010 and 2012.