The European Tour heads to Sweden this week for the Scandinavian Invitation: Here’s how to watch, and who to back
While the PGA Tour’s final event of the season takes place in Atlanta this week, the European Tour heads for Sweden with plenty of tournaments still on the calendar before the season finale in Dubai in November.
Home favourites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren headline the field as the Scandinavian Invitation (formerly Nordea Masters) takes place at Hill Golf & Sports Club for a second time.
Last year, Paul Waring claimed his maiden European Tour victory on his 200th career start, besting South Africa’s Thomas Aiken in a playoff.
Here’s what you need to know about who to watch, and who to back this week.
Course: Hill Golf & Sports Club
Defending Champion: Paul Waring
Prize Fund: €1,500,000
Race to Dubai Points: 2,750
Scandinavian Invitation: TV Times
Thursday: Sky Sports Golf (10:00), Sky Sports Golf (14:00)
Friday: Sky Sports Golf (10:00), Sky Sports Golf (14:00)
Saturday: Sky Sports Golf (12:00)
Sunday: Sky Sports Golf (12:00)
Scandinavian Invitation: Betting Tips
Henrik Stenson: 8/1
Posted three top 10s in a row from the RBC Canadian Open to Scottish Open before a T20 at Royal Portrush and T27 at the WGC FedEx St Jude Invitational. Two top 5s in his last four starts in this event, although that was at different courses to this one. Ranks 7th SG: Approach ,14th stroke average and 19th driving accuracy
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 8/1
Fitzpatrick claimed the Nordea Masters in 2016 at Bro Hof Slott before a runner-up finish a year later at Barseback, but didn’t play last year. Heads to Sweden following a T4 at the WGGC FedEx St Jude, which came after a T14 at the Scottish Open and T20 at The Open. Two runer up finishes in 2019. Ranks 2nd scoring average, 10th for birdies, 12th driving accuracy, and 19th SG: Tee to green on the European Tour this season.
Alex Noren: 12/1
Noren hasn’t finished worse than T15 in five starts at the Scandinavian Masters, which includes a victory in 2015 on PGA Sweden National. He also won in 2011 at Bro Hoff Slot. Was T60 in his last start at the Wyndham Championship but T11 at The Open and T12 in Memphis before that. Best stat is 25th for SG: Around the green on the PGA Tour.
Erik Van Rooyen: 16/1
T5 at the D+D Real Czech Masters last week – one of five top 10s on the European Tour this season – which followed a T20 at The Open and T14 at The Renaissance. Scandinavian Masters debut. Ranks 8th for birdies and 31st for both SG: Off the tee and SG: Putting.
Andrea Pavan: 18/1
Pavan, who was tied for 3rd last week in Prague, has two top 4s in his last four starts on Tour, and claimed his second Tour title at the BMW International Open back in June. Returns to Hills Golf Club after a T6 finish last year. Ranks 18th GIR.
Thomas Detry: 30/1
Hasn’t played since a T43 at the Scottish Open, but posted a T8 – his best finish of the year – a couple of weeks before at the Andalucia Masters. He finished T13 here in 2018, and ranks 16th SG: Approach, 17th for birdies, 23rd for SG: Putting and 30th for stroke average
Adri Arnaus: 33/1
The World No.105 and European Tour rookie has two runner-up finishes to his name in his last four starts (three total in 2019), the latest of which came at last week’s D+D Real Czech Masters. Making his debut this week. Ranks 3rd SG: Off the tee, 7th GIR and 14th SG: Tee to green.
Robert MacIntyre: 35/1
T23 last week after impressing with a T6 at The Open. Had back-to-back runner-up finishes earlier this season. Making his debut this week. Ranks 17th SG: Approach, 26th SG: Off the tee, 27th Stroke average and 31st GIR.
Hadyn Porteous: 45/1
Followed up a T9 on the Sunshine Tour’s Royal Swazi Spa Challenge with a T11 in Prague, and returns to Hills Golf Club following a T6 last year. Ranks 35th SG: Off the tee.
Edoardo Molinari: 50/1
Molinari, who was T14 last week after holding the 36-hole lead, hasn’t finished worse than T34 in his last six starts – which includes top 10s at both the BMW International Open (T3) and Dubai Duty Free Irish Open (T9). T68 last year and a best finish in this event of T3 back when it was played at Bro Hoff Slot in 2010. Ranks 21st SG: Around the green and 31st for Driving accuracy.