Nordea Masters. Renato Paratore Has Maiden European Tour Win.

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Renato Paratore, Italy, has his maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters at Barsebäck Golf and Country Club in Sweden,

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Renato finished with a last round -3 under par 70 to collect his Maiden European Tour win at the Nordea Masters with a -11 under par total, and a one shot victory.

Renato made par on the last three holes, with three very good putts;

“It feels really amazing right now, I’m very happy.”

“This win means a lot and also to win at a nice tournament like this is very good for me. I feel really great. The first win, I will remember my entire life.

“It feels amazing to be in the winner’s circle with Italians like the Molinaris, Manassero and Rocca.”

“I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.”

“The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts.”

“The last three holes were very good.”

Tied in second place were Chris Wood, a disappointing -1 under 72 today, and Mathew Fitzpatrick with a charging final round of -5 under 68, both players from England had -10 under par totals.

Low round of the day went to George Coetzee, South Africa, -7 under par 66, he finished tied in fourth place with  Thorbjørn Olesen, Denmark at -9 under par.

Nordea Masters. Chris Wood On Top.

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Chris Wood, of England, moved up on top of the Nordea Masters leaderboard on moving day at Barsebäck Golf & Country Club in Sweden.

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 United Kingdom - England  Chris shot -5 under par 68 to lead the Nordea Masters after 54 holes with a -9 under par total.

Chris said it was nice to see some putts go in;

“It felt like quite an easy 68 for me, I was four behind JD to start with and I’ve more than closed the gap. That’s all I was looking to do today.”

“I played lovely last week at Wentworth and lost a lot of shots on the greens.”

“I’ve done some really good work over the weekend and we’re making a bit of progress.”

“It’s nice to see a few go in because that gives you a bit of momentum and a bit of confidence.”

Italy Renato Paratore, Italy, -2 under 71 today, and France Herbert Benjamin, France with -3 under 70, share second place, one shot back at -8 under par.

Renato  was frustrated by errant putter, but still managed to keep himself firmly in the hunt for a maiden European Tour win.

Yesterday’s leader United Kingdom - Wales Jamie Donaldson slipped back recording a third round +2 over par 75, and is now three shots back at -6 under for the competition.

 

Nordea Masters. Jamie Donaldson Has Lead.

 

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Jamie Donaldson, from Wales, leads the Nordea Masters  going into the weekend at  Barsebäck Golf & Country Club in Sweden.

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Jamie carded a second consecutive round of -4 under par 69 to take the half-way lead in the Nordea Masters, at -8 under par, and will also take a two shot lead into the week-end.

He said that better chipping and putting had set up the good rounds;

“I played nicely, there were times when the ball wasn’t where I wanted it to be, but I made some great escapes.”

“The chipping and putting has been better over the last couple of days.”

“I have been playing quite nicely recently but just not quite putting it all together but the first couple of days here, I’ve been able to do that.”

“More of the same for the weekend, really. I’ve got my map of the golf course and how to play it. I don’t know what the weather is going to do tomorrow, it might be windy, it might not, so we’ll wake up and take it from there.”

Renato Paratore, from Italy, is in second place at -6 under par, a second round -1 under 72 keeping him in touch of the leader, but he did start the day as joint overnight leader.

Three players are tied in third place at -5 under par, Graeme Storm, -5 under 68 today, and Max Orrin, even par 73 today, both from England. They are joined on that total by Benjamin Herbert, France, who scored -2 under 71 in his second round.

 

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.”