Nordea Masters. Alex Noren Wins

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Alex Noren wins the Nordea Masters title at PGA Sweden National, in MalmöSweden.

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Alex cruised to a four shot win at the Nordea Masters, a final round of -1 under par 71 gave him his winning total of -12 under par. This is the second time Alex has won this title, he also won in 2011 at the Bro Hoff Golf Club in Stockholm.

He spoke about the tough windy conditions, and enjoying the moment;

“I’m so pleased. Now I can relax a bit because it was probably the toughest weekend in terms of wind I’ve ever felt.” 

“When you’re in the lead you can think a lot, and it was very tough.”

“I hit a few bad shots, I think on the seventh, eighth and ninth, but I played quite well on the back nine.”

“I didn’t have to look for my ball in the rough or anything, so it was not that stressful.”

“The win in the 2011 Nordea Masters was very thrilling; this one is very pleasing.”

“I wasn’t too confident coming into this week because I’ve had a tough time in the wind lately and here you really have to hit the right shots to get around. I got better as the week went on.”

“I’ve had a few good tournaments but I haven’t played well on the last day. When I’ve had a chance, like at Wentworth I had a small chance, I’ve had a slow round.” 

“I kept my poise and tried to hit the shots we needed, and it worked. My caddie really helped calm me down and make me stick to my routine.”

“You have to enjoy the good days in this game because you have plenty of bad ones.”

Søren Kjeldsen, winner of last week’s Irish Open, was second, a final round -1 under par 71 meant he could not put any pressure on the leader, he finished the tournament on -8 under par.

Søren came to his Home championship determined to put up a good performance; 

 “I was really determined to come and play well here. I didn’t quite know how to react after last week and I wasn’t sure how much it took out of me, but Alistair helped a lot and on Tuesday lunchtime we said it’s time to get back to work.”

“I’ve done that and mentally I felt very good. Today was especially pleasing because I learned a lesson last week about looking at leaderboards.”

“I never looked at one today and it helped me a lot. I felt very calm all day, even on the last few holes.”

 “I didn’t quite feel that I’d done enough. I played a really solid round today but I knew I probably needed something pretty special to give me a chance.”

“I didn’t quite do that but I was very pleased with the way I played.”

Local Malmö boy Jens Dantorp shared third place with Maximilian Kieffer, Alex Levy and Sebastian Soderberg, all at -6 under par for the competition.

Max enjoyed his week in Sweden, but was a little disappointed not to have won;

“It has been a great week. Obviously I’m a bit disappointed because when you’re in contention on the final day, you want to win it.”

“But it’s another experience I can learn from.”

“I’m very happy for Alex. He’s a nice guy and a great player and deserved to win.”

“Without the injuries he’d probably be in the top ten in the world. After so long out, I’m happy he came back and won.”

 

 

 

Nordea Masters. Alex Noren Has 54 hole Lead.

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Alex Noren has the 54 hole lead in the Nordea Masters, and will take a two shot lead into the final round in Malmö, Sweden at the  PGA Sweden National golf course.

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Alex shot the low round of the day in the windy  third round of the Nordea Masters, a -5 under par 67, giving him a tournament total of -11 under par, following a two-hour suspension for a morning thunderstorm at PGA Sweden National.

Alex is very happy with his game, especially his putting;

“It’s very nice and I’m very happy to play the way I did today, especially my putting.”

“My whole game, in fact, was pretty good. It was a great start. I hit some good shots on one and two and holed a couple of good putts on four and five.”

“The year has been fantastic, I’ve had a few good finishes and steadier play. I’m working hard on hitting the right shots at the right times, and on days like today you get a good test of it.”

Maximilian Kieffer is in second place, a third round -2 under par 70 taking his total score to -9 under par, two shots off the lead.

Sharing third place at -8 under par are Sebastian Soderberg and Jens Dantorp, who started the day at the top of the leaderboard, but stood still really in the third round with -1 under and +1 over respectively.

Local Malmö player Jens spoke about the difficult conditions;

“It was a tough day, the wind was blowing hard and it was tricky because it’s warmer and you couldn’t really feel the wind at the beginning.”

“After a while you learned that it’s blowing even harder than the other days. It’s really gusty as well, so anything can happen.”

“I’m proud of how I’ve played, but it’s tricky. I’ve improved a lot since this time last year, not so much with the golf swing or anything technical, but mentally.” 

“I feel a lot more comfortable being in this position. I’m enjoying being on the leaderboard, whereas a year ago I was a bit stressed about it.”

The 18-year-old amateur Marcus Kinhult, who had been at the top of the leaderboard, fell back to earth with +5 over par 77 today, which saw him fall  to T14 on -4 under.

Of the top eight players on the board, six are Swedish, with only Maximilian Kieffer in second spot, and Søren Kjeldsen, in fifth, who are the only players who could possibly spoil the Swedish party and win this tournament.

World number four Henrik Stenson has never won his National Open is one of the top eight, he had a -4 under par third round and sits on the leaderboard T6, at -6 under par.

Nordea Masters. Swedes Share Top Spot.

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Two Swedes, teenage amateur Marcus Kinhult and Jens Dantorp share the top spot in Malmo at the Nordea Masters.

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Jens and Marcus continue their battle at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard both shooting the same score gain today, -4 under par 68 and have a two shot lead at -9 under par.

Local boy Jens is enjoying the tournament and the support from the crowd, he is looking forward to continue the battle with Marcus;

“It was good fun out there. The crowds and the fan club were so good. It really helps boost me out there. I was feeling a bit tired towards the end of the day, but hearing the crowd cheering gives me new energy.”

“The wind picked up after lunch so it was tricky. The back nine was pretty tough and there were some tough holes in the wind. It certainly tires you a bit.”

“I had a really good start and that always helps. It helps keep your spirits up, and I was looking at the leaderboards trying to catch Marcus, and I did. I’m looking forward to playing with him tomorrow.”

“It will be fun. I’ve never played with Marcus so it’ll be nice to see how he plays and to try to beat him.”

“I’m trying to stay cool and tell myself it’s just another round of golf tomorrow. It’ll be a fun one because there will be big crowds. I’m looking forward to it.”

Marcus has become only the second Amateur in European Tour history to lead a tournament after 36 holes.

He is already a winner, recently picking up the Lytham Trophy, a prestigious amateur event, and he also enjoys  playing in front of big crowds;

“I’m pretty happy with my score and where I am in the tournament.”

“Today was more of a solid round from tee to green and I made two big putts, but my putting wasn’t as good as it was yesterday. My game feels good at the moment.”

“It’s pretty special to play a European Tour event, this is only my second time doing that. And to play at home in Sweden makes it even more special.”

Tied in third place at -7 under par are German Maximilian Kieffer, and another Swede in Sebastian Soderberg, with both players carding -3 under par 69 today.

Alex Noren, Eddie Pepperell and Tom Lewis share fifth place,  a further shot back on -6 under par.

Yesterday’s co-leader Chris Paisley could not keep up the pace, falling behind with a +1 over par 73 today, and is T13.

Highest ranked player in the field, World number 4 Henrik Stenson, shot a level par 72 to finish the day at -2 under par and T34 for the competition.

Nordea Masters. Three Tied at the Top.

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There are three players all tied at  the top of the Nordea Masters in Malmö, Sweden.

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18-year-old amateur Marcus Kinhult has joined countryman Jens Dantorp and England’s Chris Paisley at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard, all recording first rounds of -5 under par 67.

Marcus put his superb start down to an improvement in his putting,

“It’s pretty special to play in a European Tour event and to play here in Sweden.”

“That score was thanks to brilliant putting. I played really well from tee to green but I also holed a lot of putts for birdie and for par. The putter was pretty hot.”

“I didn’t expect much, just to have a great week and gain some experience. So far, so good.”

“My game feels good, I’m very solid from tee to green and finally my putting is starting to come good. It’s a good combination.”

“There’s not much difference between the amateur and professional ranks. The course set-up is very similar to what we’re used to. I don’t feel any different playing here. I hope I can just keep making birdies and keep hitting fairways and greens.”

Chris also said his putting was good, and he was really happy about the improvement;

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“I’m obviously really happy, I’ve been playing well for a little while but in a lot of my rounds I’ve not putted well enough or made a couple of stupid bogeys.”

“Today I holed a few putts, and I’m delighted with how I’ve started.”

“At this level it’s such fine margins. There are so many great players playing every week, so if you’re playing well every week but not quite holing the putts or making a few mistakes, there are always guys who will beat you.”

“I didn’t really do anything different today in terms of my long game, but I managed to sink a few putts and kept the bad holes off my card.”

“The confidence has been building for a while now and my game’s been good. I had a tough year last year and the year before, so it’s taken a while for the confidence to come back.”

“Over time I’ve been getting better and better, it’s a year’s worth of confidence building to get to this point.”

“I holed a nice couple of 20-footers which I haven’t done for a while, and I avoided all the out of bounds and water hazards. I love this place.”

“The golf course is great and one thing my caddie and I commented on earlier was how good the greens have stayed this afternoon. Normally in the afternoon they get a bit bumpy as the day goes on, but they’ve stayed great.”

“The whole venue is fantastic.”

The leaderboard is very compacted, with a group of nine players one shot back on -4  under par for the tournament. The home favorite, Henrik Stenson, finished three shots off the lead after an opening round of  -2 under par 70, and his 2014 Ryder Cup team-mates Thomas Bjørn and Stephen Gallacher are -1 under par.

 

 

 

 

Nordea Masters. Jubilant Jaidee Wins Play-Off

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   A very Jubilant Jaidee wins the Nordea Masters in a play-off for the title.

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Jaidee won the Nordea Masters title in Sweden after a three-man sudden death play-off, at the first play-off hole, with a birdie. At the end of regulation play he was tied with Stephen Gallacher and Victor Dubuisson at -16 under par for the tournament. Jaidee had posted that total earlier in the day, and had to sit in the clubhouse to see if anyone could catch him. Eventually it came down to last four groups before he knew he was in a play-off.

A final round of -7 under par, which included an Eagle on the 11th, saw Jaidee sit on top of the leaderboard and sitting back to see if he could be caught;

“I worked hard today, I started with three birdies in a row, had another one on six, then a good comeback on 11.We were nervous the last few holes – 16, 17 and 18 are tough holes, but 16 under was good enough for a play-off.”

“Then you never know in a play-off. A play-off was good for me as I finished early so I was very lucky. I thought 16 under would be second or third with the last hole being a par five. I had a good drive, then I knew I couldn’t  reach the green.  I played a great shot as I knew the pin was very tough, so I played the hole really well.”

“The golf course is wide open, you have to hit good golf shots and the weather helped a little bit.” 

Stephen whose missed birdie putt in the play-off was similar to the one he had made at the same hole 30 minutes earlier, said he was happy to get into the play-off;

“I had a good week and I was delighted to get into the play-off. I holed a lovely putt on the last after lipping out on both 16 and 17. Jaidee just hit a lovely shot there, or lovely three shots, on the last, which was playing really tough.” 

“I was hoping to peak for a couple of weeks. I knew I was playing well, so to finish fifth and then second is not bad. I’m delighted with that. Play-offs are fine margins. My ball got up to four-foot from the hole and then spun back. If the wind drops a bit instead of gusting and I’m stone dead. Play-off golf, you need that bit of luck, but the putt to get into the play-off was great.”

Victor had the opportunity to win on 18 in regulation play with a birdie, but he somehow three-putted from just off the green and missed his chance. Robert-Jan Derksen also had a final round of -7 under par 65, it was good enough to give him fourth spot on his own at -15 under par.

Home town hero Henrik Stenson is still waiting for his first victory at home, he could only manage a last round -1 under par 71, to finish in fifth place at -14 under par.

” It was a disappointing last day, apart from the first hole I got off to a good start and made a couple of birdies, but the bogey on the sixth was a momentum killer.” 

“It was one of those days when I didn’t quite get it going and missed a few chances and a couple of bogeys slipped onto the card too easily. You can’t afford that if you are going to win the tournament. I was still fighting and in with a chance on the last, but I just missed it in the wrong place. It left me in a bad spot.” 

“It would have been nice to win in front of home fans, but there will be more chances and there will be more chances to win other golf tournaments, so you can’t be too disappointed.” 

 

 

Nordea Masters. Henrik Joins Eddie at the Top.

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Henrik Stenson alights the home crowd by joining Eddie Pepperell at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard at the conclusion of round three.

 

Eddie Pepperell hit eight birdies on his way to a share of the lead at the Nordea Masters  Nordea 1

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Henrik shot -8 under par 64 in the third round of the Nordea Masters, to catch Eddie at the top of the leaderboard at -13 under par, in Sweden. Henrik the Worlds number two collected seven birdies, adding an eagle at the seventh, recording one bogey, at the par three 15th. He was keen to tell us how good the shot was that brought him an Eagle two at the 7th hole;

That was a great shot and it all started with the six iron on the previous hole. Last year I hit a lot of good iron shots that didn’t go in, so it was nice to finally see one go in. I knew it was going to be inside ten feet when I hit it and it landed about five feet away, had a little release and hop and went in.”

“The crowds have been great. I haven’t played in front of home crowds for a while and with the success I’ve had I really feel the support. I’m going to enjoy tomorrow and try to be up there tomorrow with nine to go and try to win this tournament for them.” 

“It would be great to do it. I’ve not won in Sweden before and obviously I would like to do that in my career. It seems like I’m going to have a chance tomorrow, but there is a long way to go and a lot of good players up there. I’m sure I need to stick to my play and be there when it really matters tomorrow.”

Eddie was no slouch in the third round carding a -7 under par 65, and is happy to be competing against Henrik in his own country;

“I had great fun out there, I felt comfortable out there. I’m really happy with myself, the game feels pretty good.” 

“It was a great start with three birdies in a row. I was flying and I missed good opportunities on four and five. Then I had a sticky spell with my swing, but hung in there. I would like to have finished with a birdie on the last two holes, but I’m not too unhappy about that.” 

“On 17 I had a good swing, bad putt. On 18 I just hit a slight pull and the wind just took it in the water, but I can’t be too disappointed as I committed fully. Henrik is tied with me so it is going to be a great day tomorrow, but I’ve just keep to keep focused on my game and do what I’ve been doing. If I do that I’ll have a shot come the last and I’ll enjoy it.”

“Henrik is one of the best players in the world, he’s in fine form and it is his home country. I couldn’t ask for much more really from a final round. It’s going to be really exciting for me and I’ve got to make it exciting for him.” 

Stephan Gallacher and Alvaro Quiros are tied in third place, at -12 under par, just one shot behind the leaders. It is a compacted leaderboard and it will be an exciting contest to see who comes out on top tomorrow.

 

Nordea Masters. Two Tied at the Top, 1st Round

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There are two players tied at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard after the 1st round at PGA National, Sweden.

Jens Dantorp enjoyed the luxury of the support of the home crowd as his opened his Nordea Masters account with a first round -6 under par 66. He has been joined at  the top of the leaderboard by Eddie Pepperell of England.

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He explained how important it was to have the support of the crowd, on his home course;

“This is my home course, so I try to play it as much as I can when I’m home. I can’t really explain how good the support I got today was. All my friends, all my buddies were here and there was so much applause. That was one of the biggest keys to my success today. It definitely helped me.”

“Peter Hanson has helped me a lot. It’s great to go to the States to see him over the winter, when you can’t practice here. He’s been a great mentor to me and has helped me through things, so I feel more comfortable in situations such as this.”

“This season has been solid. I’ve not quite had the results I would have wanted, but it will come I’m sure. It’s all new to me, so I”m taking it easy”

 Eddie is happy with his opening round, and also happy with his adjusted swing;

“I’m very pleased with that opening round, It was fairly windy out there so 66 is a good score. I played well today and I hit the ball better, which is the main thing for me. I’ve not been hitting the ball that well over the last couple of weeks, despite some good results. 

“Confidence is coming. The last two weeks have been good for me because I’ve been up there in the tournament at some point, but the Saturday in Spain I played some terrible shots, which I knew was to do with the swing.” 

“I’m trying to get that sorted and I went home after Monday and saw my coach on Tuesday, so I didn’t get here until Wednesday. I had a good lesson with my coach and today was as good as I’ve hit the ball in a long time.” 

The leaders are just one shot ahead of the chasing pack, Rikard Karlberg, Sebastian SoderbergStephen GallacherGareth Maybin and Daan Huizing. All these players shot -5 under par 67 in the first round.

World Number Two. Henrik Stenson, opened with a -3 under par 69, that was one better than his playing partner Thomas Björn and also defending champion Mikko Ilonen.