Nordea Masters: A Swede Will Succeed

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It’s off to the land of IKEA, ABBA and Absolut Vodka this week as the European Tour descends upon Malmo, Sweden for the Nordea Masters. There’s no doubting that this week’s event will struggle to live up to the drama witnessed last Sunday at Wentworth.

Quite possibly, the story of the year so far was created by the newly crowned ‘World’s Most Eligible Bachelor’ and BMW PGA Championship winner, Rory McIlroy. The Northern Irishman came from seven shots behind on the final day to quieten all those relationship experts, who felt that he would struggle at the European Tours flagship event, due to his recent break up with Caroline Wozniacki.mcilroy-wozniacki300                     McIlroy may have lost one bird but he found eighteen more at Wentworth

After picking up eighteen birds (and 4 eagles), it became quite apparent that the Danish one he separated from was not on the Rors’ mind over the four days of play. With this in mind, it may just be worth a wee punt on Cars for Wimbledon at 100/1…

All of the top Swedes returning home this week to play and it is hard to look beyond a Henrik Stenson victory. The man from Barsebäck will be hoping to get his arse back on top of the leader board and keep the pressure on current world number one, Adam Scott. This was a perfect opportunity to ‘crack’ a joke… Unfortunately, with Stensons odds hovering at around 7/1, there’s little point making him this week’s top tip, although he will win, probably…you decide…The moral of the story is, ‘’Don’t put your fifty pence on, the nifty Mr. Stenson’’. Lets look for some Top 5/10 and 20 value instead.Henrik Stenson

                                    ”Oi Edfors, that winners trophy is mine, leave it alone”

article-2003843-0C99387700000578-381_634x367                     ”He mightn’t see me if I dive into the rough. Why am I always in here?”

Karlberg juli                   ‘‘Sorry Henrik,Johan is trying to run away with it. It’s his only hope                                                  of claiming some silverware this year”.

The top 5 honour this week goes to another Swede, Rikard Karlberg, who was in a tie for fourth here last year.The 27-year-old has shown some consistent form recently, finishing in a tie for eleventh and fifth in his last two tournaments respectively. Although, he missed out on the US Open qualifiers this week, expect him to be there or thereabouts on Sunday evening. ”If Karlberg did top 5’s, this would probably his best top 5 of the year”. Hopefully you are clued into this ‘joke’… Expect to get odds of around 20/1 for a top 5 finish.

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                                                   ”Don’t worry boys, I’ll help you catch Edfors”

The top 10 tip this week is going to Frenchman, Raphael Jacquelin (did you just try and pronounce his name in a French accent?).He missed the cut last year, so judging by the way this year is going, he will set a course record on the first day. Three weeks ago, Jacquelin turned 40, when apparently life begins, so expect a good showing this week from the Lyon native. 10/1 for a top 10 finish seems like a fair price. Definitely worth a wee wager…

_MG_1527                                     ”Why is everybody chasing Edfors? I’m happy to stand                                                                                here playing with my club and balls”.

The top 20 pick and quite possibly the shrewdest of the lot comes in the form of world number 658, Bjorn Akesson. At the same time that McIlroy was picking up a winners check of   €791,660 for his victory at Wentworth, Akesson was collecting a whopping €864.00 for finishing a tie for 41st at the ‘notorious’ Kärnten Golf Open in Austria.So, why pick him? Well there’s no doubting that one of the less fancied locals will step it up this week and Akesson seems to have as good a chance as any. Remember he can let 19 other golfers beat him and you will still be smiling on Sunday. At odds of 14/1 for a top 20, give it a go…

*Please note that refunds are not available on any failed tips given…

We are all well aware of the famous ABBA song, ”The Winner Takes It All”. abba the winner-2copyHow wrong they were… Stenson will not take it all, but he will take the largest amount of prize money.

This week, expect a man from Sweden to always be leading. On that note, I’ll grab my coat…

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