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.”

72° OPEN D’ITALIA. Rikard Karlberg Wins Maiden Title in a Play-Off

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Rikard Karlberg, from Sweden, wins his maiden European Tour title with a play-off victory at the 72° Open D’Italia tournament at Golf Club Milano in Italy.

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Rikard shot a final round -5 under par 67, to tie Martin Kaymer at the top of the 72º Open D’Italia leaderboard on -19 under par. Martin had looked set to win, leading by three shots at one time at -21 under, but collapsed on the back nine, allowing Rikard to catch him.

Rikard confirmed how crazy this game can be, winning with a birdie on the second play-off hole;

“It’s crazy, I told my caddy on the last five holes that we probably needed five birdies to have a chance and two was enough to get in a play-off and get my first win and to do it against Kaymer it feels unbelievable.”

“I just tried to hit the fairway which I wasn’t even close to doing and just seeing him splitting the fairway felt, ‘okay, I’m not going to win on his mistake, I need to do a birdie.”

“I had a perfect yardage on the last shot there and a good lie, thankfully. It was a little bit lucky but I hit it great. It felt nice.”

Martin is back playing in Europe because he didn’t qualify for the PGA Tour’s FedExCup Playoffs, and has now lost his s 2015-16 PGA Tour card because he did not compete in the required number of events in the U.S. The PGA requires a player to attend 15 events, Martin had only competed in 12, he was assuming he would pay in the FedEx events to get him up to 15, a serious miscalculation on his part.

 Fabrizio ZanottiJens Fahrbring, Joakim LagergrenMatt FitzpatrickDavid LipskyLucas Bjerregaard and Danny Willett all finished tied in third place at -18 under par, just one shot off the play-off.

Low round of the day went to Joakim Lagergren, -9 under par 63.

Helsingborg Open. Nicole Wins 1st L.E.T. Title

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Nicole Broch Larsen, from Denmark, wins her 1st L.E.T. title at the Helsingborg Open in a wire to wire victory on the Vasatorps Golf Club in Sweden.

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Nicole secured her maiden Tour win, at the Helsingborg Open, despite carding a final round +2 over par 75. Her -12 under par total for the tournament was good enough to get the job done, she has now earned a place in next week’s Major, the Evian Championship;

“It was close. I got very nervous in the end.”

“I played well at the start but the double bogey set me back.”

“On the last four or five holes I was very nervous because I didn’t get into the flow today.”

“This win couldn’t come at a better place, here in Sweden with a lot of guys from home and after my second place in the Czech Republic, it’s just amazing.”

Ashleigh Simon, from South Africa, pushed hard, but with winds gusting at 35 mph, it was a tough day, and  -1 under 72 was not enough on the day;

“It was really tough out there today. I just ground it out, was really happy to shoot under par.”

“The last few holes were particularly tough, playing really long. I hit two 3-woods and my short game, I hit some really good chips coming down the last few holes to save me so I’m happy with the score.”

“I knew I had to stay patient. I had done this before and I knew there were tough holes coming in.”

“I just barely lipped out for birdie on my 17th and then I thought maybe the one on 18 would keep rolling in but it wasn’t meant to be and Nicole played really good the last three days.”

Denmark figured strongly in this tournament, with Malene Jorgensen in third place at -10 under, and Nanna Koerstz Madsen in a tie for fourth spot.

Malene was happy with her performance, and also for her friend Nicole’s win’

 “I’m very happy with the way I played, especially after my first round 74, because I didn’t think I’d be here.”

“I’m really good friends with Nicole and we travel a lot together so I’m really pleased for her.”

 

Helsingborg Open. Nicole in Place for a Wire to Wire Win

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Nicole Broch Larsen is in firmly in place for a wire to wire win at the Helsingborg Open on the  Vasatorps Golf Club course in Sweden.

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Nicole, from Denmark, shot a solid third round of -5 under par 68 in heavy rain, in the third round of the Helsingborg Open. She posted a -14 under par 54 hole total, and will take a four shot lead into the final round of her quest for a wire to wire win. A win here would book her place in next week’s Evian Championship in France, which is the final Major of the year.

Nicole is only lady in the tournament to have shot three rounds in the 60s, the best moment today came on the par five 16th, where she hit driver, and then a 3-wood, leaving a nine foot putt for eagle, which she duly rolled in;

“Today I could putt on three of the par fives so it was nice to hit it long and reach the par fives.”

“It’s really nice that I kept it going and I’m in the lead so tomorrow is going to be exciting. I don’t know what I have to shoot but I’ll make a number and go for it,”

“I played very well today and make few mistakes and when I did I fought back.”

Ashleigh Simon, from South Africa, is still in second place, but now four shots back of the leader, a -2 under par 71 could not help her to keep the pressure on, poor putting was the reason for her lack of progress;

“I hit it good today and didn’t hole as many putts as yesterday but that’s kind of what happens when you have nine birdies in a round.”

“I’m still happy with the way I played. I didn’t hit it too good the last three holes but I’m only four behind and Nicole played great so it was good to feed off each other.”

“We don’t know what the weather’s going to do tomorrow. Nicole’s had three really good rounds and she’s playing really consistent so I’m going to need a good low one to try and beat her.”

Third place belongs to Malene Jorgensen, another lady from Denmark, she had a -4 under par 69 to give her a -8 under par tournament total.