There’s a new venue for the Nordea Masters at the Hills Golf Club in Molndal, near Gothenburg. The 7,170-yard, par 71 course takes in varied terrain, from marshland and woodland to rocky outcrops. So it’s hard to pin down an overall style. It begins and ends in a natural amphitheatre in front of an impressive clubhouse, featuring back-to-back par threes on the front nine. Home favourite Alex Noren has won this tournament twice in recent years. Matthew Fitzpatrick was the 2016 winner at Bro Hof Slott. The defending champion, Renato Paratore, edged out Fitzpatrick and Chris Wood to win by one shot last June.
Nordea Masters Favourites
Thorbjorn Olesen has been showing some good form since the spring. He won the Italian Open, and is the clear market leader for this event at best odds of 10/1* with most firms. Martin Kaymer is one of the European Tour’s biggest stars. Although, the German has lost his way in recent years, slipping out of the top 100 world rankings. He’s at 25/1* across the board, the same price as Alexander Bjork with Bet365. The promising Belgian Thomas Detry is a 28/1* chance with Betfred, while other names near the top of the market include Joakim Lagergren, Soren Kjeldsen and Matthew Southgate.
Nordea Masters Tips
Scott Vincent arrives in Sweden as one of the form players on the Asian Tour, with five top 10 finishes in his last seven starts. He has been runner-up at two of his last three tournaments. Vincent has shows some form at European Tour events earlier this year. He finished just outside the top 10 in Tshwane and at the Volvo China Open. The Zimbabwean has risen 160 ranking places since the start of the year and can be backed at best odds of 40/1* with Ladbrokes, Coral or Betfred.
Matthias Schwab made little impression on the recent links events in Ireland and Scotland. His performances over the year have been strong with only two missed cuts in 32 starts. He has four top 10 finishes to his credit this season. This includes one on his last outing at the Porsche European Open, where he shared seventh place. He’s a consistent performer and in a weaker than usual field he looks a good each-way bet at 40/1* with Bet365 or BetVictor.
Our third selection this week is an outsider who has been showing signs of igniting his career. At 29, Matthew Nixon has spent much of his time playing on the Challenge Tour. He has grasped his chance on the European Tour since sharing 18th place at the BMW International Open in June. He went on to finish 24th at the Irish Open and then share ninth place at the European Open, one of the best results of his career. The Mancunian is 80/1 in places. But can be backed at 125/1* with Betfred.