Nordea Masters. Matt Makes It His Title.

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ENG Matt Fitzpatrick makes it his title at the Nordea Masters, winning at the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Starting with a five shot lead Matt cruised to a comfortable victory at the Nordea Masters, carding a final round -1 under par 71, in tough conditions, to post a total of -16 under par, a three stroke winning margin;

“It was great, I’m delighted to win, I played fantastic, I’d probably say this is the best I’ve played today.”

It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win. I felt like today was the round were I would be under the most pressure.”

“I was keeping an eye on where I needed to get to but I was just taking one hole at a time and I was so zoned-in to my own game, I didn’t know what was gong on around me half the time.”

“I’m a million miles ahead of schedule. It’s been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win.”

DEN Lasse Jensen claimed second place, a final round -4 under par 68 not quite enough to catch the leader, finishing at -13 under par.

BEL Nicolas Colsaerts was third at -12 under par, he scored -2 under 70 in the last round, which was enough to give him that placing on his own. He said it was all going well until three putting 16, and then  finding water at the 17th;

” I was doing fine. Not really feeling any sort of pressure whatsoever, I felt pretty comfortable which is a good sign.”

“I’ll just put it on the list of another good week where I don’t really finish it off.”

“I feel a bit sad over the last couple of holes, three-putting 16 and then we miscalculated a shot on 17.”

“I really thought it was going to be fine but it’s just gone back in the water and I made double.”

“Apart from that I thought I played really well all week, I was in control of everything.”

SWE Local players Henrik Stenson, with the low round of the day, -6 under 66 and  Bjorn Hellgren -5 under 67 shared fourth position at -10 under par.

Henrik was fairly happy with his performance, just a slow start to the week;

“Very satisfied, I just wish I’d started the week the way I finished it.”

“I drove the ball very well today and yesterday, despite the tough conditions.”

“The breeze really got up today and the course is tough enough anyway, so to finish with a 66 is very pleasing and especially to do it in front of my home fans.”

“Obviously I would’ve loved to be in contention this week, but I probably blew my chance at the start.”

“This round today will help me build some confidence. It’s a big summer ahead and there’s a lot of golf to be played, so hopefully I can build some momentum and peak at the right time.”

Nordea Masters. Matt Fitzpatrick Has 5 Shot 54 Hole Lead.

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Matt Fitzpatrick has a 5 shot lead after 54 holes of the Nordea Masters tournament at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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ENG Matt scored a third round -4 under par 68 to cement his position at the top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard with a -15 under par total, and will take a five shot lead into the final round tomorrow.

Matt said that staying patient, and putting well was the key;

“I putted really well again and let’s hope it continues for one more day because tomorrow’s the most important day.”

“I’m obviously delighted.”

“The greens are pristine and the way I’ve putted on them, it won’t surprise you to learn I’m a big fan of them. I wish we could putt on them every week.”

“It was a bit of a slow start, and I find the front nine more difficult than the back nine, especially in the wind.”

“But I stayed patient and got my rewards in the end. It’s one of the things I’ve learned since turning pro.”

Sharing second place at -10 under par are BEL Nicolas Colsaerts, -2 under 70 today, and local player SWE Alex Noren, who carded -5 under par 67, to get up the table and contend his home tournament, albeit from a long way back.

Defending Champion Alex is happy to have a chance to chase down the leader;

“To have the chance going into the final day is a bit of a bonus really.”

“I rode my luck at times today, and got away with a few bad shots but other than that I played really well, so I’m pretty happy.

“I’m going to have to make a few birdies to chase the leader down. But it should be fun.”

“I feel good, I’ve been working hard with my coach and my swing feels a lot better than it did for the last few weeks, so that makes me happy.”

Nicolas knows it will be a tough job to stop Matt from winning his second European Tour title;

“There are no real weaknesses in his game.;

“He’s pretty steady off the tee, and he’s very good around the greens. He handled the round brilliantly, because he didn’t start that well but he stayed patient and walked off with a very good score.”

“So even though he’s still young, he’s obviously grown up very fast. He’s going to be tough to catch but hopefully I can put some pressure on early.”

DEN Lasse Jensen is in fourth spot at -9 under par, after firing the low round of the day a smooth bogey free -6 under 66.

At -7 under par are four players, two home players SWE  Alexander Björk, +1 over 73 today and  SWE Rikard Karlberg -2 under 70. They share fifth place with ENG Andrew Beef Johnston, +1 over 73, and  ESP Alvaro Quiros -4 under 68 today.

Nordea Masters. Matthew Fitzpatrick Goes Low to Lead.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick from England, goes low to lead the Nordea Masters after 36 holes at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Sweden.

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Matthew shot a bogey free second round -7 under par 65 to take the 36 hole lead in the Nordea Masters a -11 under par total, and a three shot lead going into the week-end.

Matthew was happy to collect seven birdies and no bogey’s, and thinks his form is improving, to follow up his stunning rookie campaign in 2015;

“I’ve struggled for a bit of form so far this year, but this week has been much more like it. Hopefully I can keep it going.”

“Any time you shoot seven birdies it’s always a good day, and when you manage to keep the bogeys off the card at the same time, it’s an even better day.”

“I hit one or two poor shots but you’re always going to do that. I putted really well today, I holed virtually everything so it was just one of those days.”

“Any time you go into the weekend high on the leaderboard, you’re going to get excited.”

Tied in second place at -8 under par are local favourite Alexander Björk, -4 under par 68 today, Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts, -6 under 66, two EnglishmenRoss Fisher, -4 under 68, and Andrew Beef Johnston, -3 under 69, with Scotland’s Scott Henry, also -3 under 69.

 

Nordea Masters. Six-Way 1st Round Tie

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There is a six-way 1st round tie at the top of the Nordea Masters at Bro Hoff Slot Golf Club in Sweden.

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Beef, from England, was joined at the top of the first round Nordea Masters leaderboard by French rookies Clément Berardo and Sébastien Gros, German Florian Fritsch and the Scotts pair of Scott Henry and Marc Warren, all carding -5 under par 67, on a tightly packed leaderboard.

Beef, who was one of 13 golfers to earn U.S. Open spots at Walton Heath Golf Club in his native England on Monday, was delighted to be in contention again, sinking some good putts;

“I’m thrilled, I played really solid golf from tee to green and managed to hole a few putts, so I’m delighted.”

“I didn’t really have too much in the way of expectations this week because Wentworth was such a busy week, then I had the US Open qualifier on Monday so I was a bit tired when I got here.”

Florian Fritsch,

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who refuses to fly, so has only managed one European Tour and three Challenge Tour starts so far this season, was happy with his bogey free round;

“I just have to make some complicated journeys but for the most part it’s fine.”

 “I actually quite like it sometimes, because you get to see parts of Europe you wouldn’t otherwise see. I see it as a bit of an adventure.”

Former World Number One Lee Westwood is in the group at -4 under par, just one shot back. Lee has won here three times before, and is going for a European Tour record of four wins at one tournament;

“My short game has been sharp for quite some time now so I do really feel like I should start winning tournaments again soon.”

“Obviously it’s nice to come back to places you’ve won on before, but I’m more happy with the fact that I’m starting to hit the ball really well and seeing the flight on the shots that I like and on the greens I rolled the ball really well today.”

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.