This week, The Nordea Masters comes back to Stockholm and the Bro Hoff Slot Golf Club for the first time since 2013. The last winner of European Tour event at Bro Hoff was Miko Ilonen. Other Bro Hof winners are Lee Westwood, Alex Noren and Richard.S. Johnson.
Sweden’s Henrik Stenson will start as the favorite as golf’s #6 ranked player in the world. Stenson was in good form earlier this season but in recent starts his game has fallen off. He played the Nordea Masters well in the last few years but not at this venue. Bro Hof will put a question over anyone’s chances this week. Watch hole 17, it’s an island green where golf rounds are saved or sunk in the drink.
Lee Westwood won here three years ago and is playing well in recent weeks. Last week, he was 15th at Wentworth and a Top Ten in the Irish Open. It was his runner-up finish at the Masters that indicates this could be his week.
Another Swede, a two-time winner of this event, is Alexander Noren. He is the defending champion and has recorded two other good finishes at Bro Hof. Noren showed glimpses of that winning form at times this season and, given his liking for the event and the venue, he could be a factor.
Rikard Karlberg was the runner-up last week at Wentworth and did finish 4th in this event when it was last played at Bro Hof. Karlberg also finished 10 at the Ireland Open two weeks ago so he could be in the hunt.
Australia’s Scott Hend will be carrying a little scar tissue from last week’s horror show finish at the BMW Open. He was the leader going into the final round but his 6 over 78 ended that story.
The Nordea Masters begins Thursday, June 2 and the final round is Sunday, June 5. You never know in Sweden, but the weather prognosticators are calling for good weather. Stenson and Westwood will be paired for Day 1 and Day 2.