Betting Preview and Tips, Nordea Masters, Bro Hof Slott GC, Stockholm, Sweden
Dustin Johnson 8/1
Golf is huge in Sweden and the organizers always try to assemble some big names in the field. Last year they had KJ Choi and Louis Oosthuizen, this time around the headliners are Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson. Johnson, if physical and mental exhaustion is not a factor, has the power and putting touch to contend on this long and very tough layout not unlike Muirfield Village where he finished fourth at the Memorial. It’s great to see the US golfers coming to Europe, (I remember the days when John Daly, Payne Stewart and co would play in the Irish Open) and it would be some consolation for DJ if another Johnson won the trophy this year.
Fredrik Andersson Hed 40/1
The 39 year old Swede turned pro way back in 1992. Known as Fredrik Andersson until 2004 when he got married and added his wife surname “Hed” to his own! Finally made the winning breakthrough at last year’s BMW Italian Open beating David Horsey by two. After a very poor run of pre Summer results Andersson Hed played superbly at Castle Stuart to finish second behind Luke Donald. Made the cut at the Open, even featuring on the day one leaderboard with a 68. Tied for 11th here last year. Each way possibilities
Robert Karlsson 11/1
The last two outings for the Swede have been Major Championships and neither went too well. After opening with a 79 at Congressional, Karlsson did well to make the cut with a second round 67. Missed the cut at The Open last week playing in the worst of the conditions. Based exclusively on the US Tour since February, Karlsson has shown some form stateside playing well at Colonial (fifth) and finishing second at the St Jude Classic the week before the US Open. Made the cut on the mark here last year and went on to finish a very impressive seventh.
Jamie Donaldson 22/1
Welshman Jamie has been out here for many years and though he had three wins on the Challenge Tour has yet to taste victory on the main Tour. He hasn’t missed a cut since October last year, I make 18 events, which is pretty impressive. Add to that a worst finish of 21stin his last seven starts, with four top tens and you begin to think Donaldson could soon be in the winner’s enclosure. Eighth here last season
Thorbjorn Olesen 30/1
This will be he young Dane’s 23rd start on the European Tour and he has already racked up three second places the latest of which was at the Open de France when a missed short putt on the last cost him at playoff place. Thorbjorn also come close in Italy three weeks before that but missed the cut in his first Open last week. I would not be at all surprised to see this young sensation prevail this week.
Rafa Echenique 125/1
Our long odds shout this week is Argentina’s Rafa Echenique. Absolutely no form on paper but would have won here last year but for Richard S Johnsons miracle birdie putt on the final green to pip him by one. Rafa’s three best results on Tour have come in June or July and the long and tricky Bro Hoff Slott course seems to suit him. A euro each week max!
2011 Nordea Masters Betting Preview and Tips