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Nordea Masters 2016 Preview
The Nordea Masters tees off this Thursday and our golf scribe has found some great value for it.
The European Tour is headed to Stockholm, Sweden this week for the Nordea Masters. After a two-year residence at the PGA Sweden National, the tournament has relocated to the wonderfully named Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, the venue for the event from 2010 to 2013.
Touted as a future Ryder Cup venue, the Robert Trent Jones Jr-designed Bro Hof Slott only opened in 2007. It’s a long and very wind-exposed track with five par 5’s, which undoubtedly favours those who can go long.
As such, its a bit of a surprise to see Henrik Stenson at the top of the betting. The Swede will have hometown advantage, but his record here is terrible and only a fool would take him on at those odds.
I’ll be picking my selections with those suited to the task at hand. Namely, players who have huge length off the tee and are pretty handy with the short stick.
Nordea Masters | Thursday 2 June - Sunday 5 June | Bro Hof Slott Golf Club
Last Five Winners
2015 Alex Noren -12 | 2014 Thongchai Jaidee -16 | 2013 Mikko Ilonen -21 | 2012 Lee Westwood -19 | 2011 Alex Noren -15
To Win Outright
Henrik Stenson 6/1 | Lee Westwood 12/1 | Alex Noren 18/1 | Tyrrell Hatton 20/1 | Matthew Fitzpatrick 28/1 | Peter Hanson 28/1
Julien Quesne (45/1 Win & 10/1 Place)
On Swedish form alone, Quesne is worth consideration this week. The last three times he’s teed it up there, the Frenchman has finished 11th, 9th, and 4th. That T9 came at Bro Hof Slott in 2013 so he has some course form too. Throw in his recent performances – his T4 finish in the BMW PGA Championship was his fourth top 10 in his last 10 starts – and you start to realise why he looks a good each-way chance at 45/1.
Nicolas Colsearts (35/1 Win & 77/10 Place)
A horse for the course, the Belgian bomber certainly has the length to take on Bro Hof Slott. He’ll look to build on his T22 last week at the BMW PGA Championship which was his fourth straight top-25 finish, highlighted by a T3 at the Mauritius Open three weeks ago. He finished T11 in his one trip to this course in his career back in 2010 while a T7 in last year’s Nordea Masters further backs his claim.
Thomas Pieters (35/1 Win & 77/10 Place)
Pieters may not have had the best of seasons, but a return to a track that undoubtedly suits his game should see an upturn in fortunes. He was third behind Scott Hend in the True Thailand Classic at another bombers track in March, while a second place finish at the HSBC Abu Dhabi, behind Rickie Fowler in January, showed just what he is capable of. If he can navigate the first two rounds, he could well be in contention come Sunday.
Lee Westwood (12/1 Win & 5/2 Place)
Westwood will be looking to become the first player to win this event four times when he tees up at a course he clearly enjoys having set the course record on his way to a barnstorming victory in 2012. Last week, he was once again in the hunt, but ultimately came up short with a 76 on Sunday to finish T15. That result means he has finished in the top-15 in each of his last three events starting with a runner-up showing at The Masters. In a weaker field, he is the standout name and the best bet of the week. Get involved.