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Tough Nordic challenges in Sweden
Nordea Masters, June 6 to 9
The Nordea Masters, the largest and best-known pro golf tournament in Scandinavia (June 6 to 9), inspires all European Tour golfers from the Nordic countries. Last year, Alexander Noren from Sweden won the title at the beautiful Stadium Course at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club near Stockholm. What is in store for the 2012 edition? Another win for Noren or perhaps a chance for Peter Hanson, Richard Johnson or one of the dozen other Swedish golfers?
Noren captured his third European triumph here in 2011, obviously inspired by the cheers of thousands of Swedish fans. This week, the Stadium Course of the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club, 45 minutes north of Stockholm, will be packed with golf lovers once again. The Nordea Masters is the golf event every golfer in Sweden looks forward to. The tour players can expect a large audience on every hole, especially at the 18th, where a magnificent arena was created that can hold up to 70,000 spectators.
The €1,5 million Nordea Masters may not be the largest event on the European Tour schedule, but it has always attracted great champions. Greg Norman, Colin Montgomerie, Seve Ballesteros, Ian Woosnam, Vijay Singh, Craig Stadler, Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood, Adam Scott and Luke Donald have all won tournaments here.
This year’s Nordea Masters edition is attracting quite a few great players to Stockholm, like Major-winners Lee Westwood and Rich Beem. Also present will be Simon Khan, Ross Fisher, Edoardo Molinari, Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Sergio Garcia, Pablo Larrazabal, David Horsey and Marcus Fraser.
Designed to host large tournaments
Most players are enthusiastic about the parkland Stadium Course, that was built in 2007 and that since has received much praise for its views and its level of difficulty. The Stadium Course was designed to host large tournaments and lives up to the expectations in every way. The huge fjord (Lake Mälaren) that embraces the course provides spectacular backdrops to many of the holes.
Three signature holes
The course officially has no less than three signature holes. Hole 7 is a classical par 3, with water that extends the length of this hole. With bunkers guarding the undulating green, this hole 7 requires an extremely accurate tee shot. Hole 9 is one of Europe’s most picturesque par 5’s, thanks to the water of the fjord next to it. This great hole also offers a true risk/reward payoff, with an opportunity to shorten the distance to the green by cutting the dogleg over the lateral water hazard.
It is either this or accept a full 150 metre approach shot to the green, with the risk of ending up in the grassy hollows or the bunkers near the green... The long (569 metres!) hole 15 is guarded along its entire left side by Lake Mälaren. Bunkers to the right mean that the landing area is relatively narrow. It is one of the many challenges that golfers will face this week at the Nordea Masters!
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