THE host for this week’s Nordea Masters is the Robert Trent Jones-designed Stadium Course, at Bro Hof Slott, Stockholm which is now ranked No.2 in Europe, outside the UK.
With large bunkers, bigger greens and more water, as well as the wind, to contend with this could turn out to be a close contest.
Lee Westwood has won this tournament three times, alongside Colin Montgomerie, with the last in 2012 here at Bro Hof Slott. He has shown good form since a T2 at The Masters, he has a top-10 finish in the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open and a T15 last week at the BMW at Wentworth where a final round 76 let him down.
When he won here in 2012 he beat Ross Fisher by five shots and expect him to keep up the recent return to form.
Thirty-year-old Swede Rikard Karlberg rounded off a good week at the BMW with a 65 on Sunday to finish second behind Chris Wood. He has had three top-10s in his last four outings and with it being on home soil expect big things from him.
With GIR of 68.1% (54th) putts per round of 28.8 (27th) and driving accuracy of 54.3% he has a good all-round game. His best finish in this tournament is a T4 in 2013 and I expect him to better that this week.
Over the past month Tyrrell Hatton has suddenly come alive with some really good results. Since missing the cut in the Maybank Championship in Malaysia he has finished 12th, T13th, T5 and T7 so form looks solid.
He also has solid stats with driving accuracy of 62.2% (53rd), GIR of 69.9 (36th) and putts per round 29.1 (60th). I remember watching him soaring up the leaderboard with a 62 in the final round for a third on his own in the Omega European Masters. The youngster impressed me then and the 25-year-old is one to look out for.
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