Nordea Masters 2017

Round 4 - Renato Paratore claims first tour title

June 5, 2017

Renato Paratore won the Nordea Masters on Sunday for his first European Tour title.

The 20-year-old Italian finished stroke ahead of Englishmen Chris Wood and last year's titleholder Matthew Fitzpatrick.

Paratore started the final day at the Barseback Gold and Country Club one stroke behind Wood. He finished at 11-under after having managed par over each of the final four holes to finish with a round of 70.

''I couldn't be happier right now. I really enjoyed this win,'' Paratore said. ''I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win. In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.''

George Coetzee of South Africa and Tjorbjorn Olesen of Denmark each finished two strokes behind.

Round 3 - Chris Wood edges ahead

June 4, 2017

Chris Wood leads the Nordea Masters by one shot after a third round 68 at the Barseback Golf and Country Club in Malmo on Saturday.

Wood began the third round four shots behind Jamie Donaldson but began brightly with a birdie on the first and another on the fifth.

A birdie on the par-five ninth took Wood to the turn in 34 and the 29-year-old followed it with four more before failing to get up and down from a bunker on the last.

"I've played nice all year without getting any results so in my mind it's a matter of time before I start getting some decent results," Wood told Sky Sports.

Wood came in only 49th in the defence of his PGA Championship title at Wentworth last week, but a fourth European Tour title on Sunday would secure the man from Bristol a place in the US Open.

The top 60 in the world rankings on June 12 will qualify for the year's second major at Erin Hills, with Wood currently 68th.

Italy's Renato Paratore and France's Benjamin Hebert are his closest pursuers in Sweden one shot back with Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen a shot further away in fourth following a double bogey six after a lost ball on the 18th.

Donaldson, who led by two shots after the first two rounds, fell off the pace with a 75 to fall three shots behind in a share of fifth with Max Orrin and Wang Jeunghun.

Round 2 - Jamie Donaldson leads at halfway

June 3, 2017

Jamie Donaldson will take a two-shot lead into the third round of the Nordea Masters as he looks to get his career firmly back on track with a fourth European Tour title.

Donaldson carded a second consecutive 69 at Barseback Golf and Country Club to reach eight under par, with Italy's Renato Paratore his nearest challenger on six under.

Englishmen Graeme Storm and Max Orrin and France's Benjamin Hebert are a shot further back, with defending champion Matt Fitzpatrick on three under after carding birdies on the last three holes in his 70.

Open champion and Barseback member Henrik Stenson carded a 72 to lie seven shots off the pace alongside fellow Swede and BMW PGA Championship winner Alex Noren, who returned a 70.

Donaldson reached a career high of 23rd in the world in 2014, the year in which he secured the winning point as Europe defeated the United States at Gleneagles to win a third successive Ryder Cup.

However, the 41-year-old has struggled for form and fitness since winning the Thailand Golf Championship in December 2015 and was lucky to escape serious injury to his left hand the following month after an accident with a chainsaw while gardening.

Donaldson had missed the cut in five of his nine events in 2017, but the world number 256 carded five birdies and one bogey - his first of the week - on Friday to head into the weekend in pole position.

"There were times when the ball wasn't where I wanted it to be, but I made some great escapes and the chipping and putting has been better the last couple of days," Donaldson said.

"I've been playing some nice golf and just not been able to put it all together; the first couple of days here I've been able to do that.

"I've just got to keep doing the same things, don't think too far ahead about winning tournaments as yet because it's only two rounds in."

Storm, who is seeking his second win of the season after beating world number two Rory McIlroy in a play-off for the South African Open in January, carded a 68 which featured seven birdies and two bogeys.

The 39-year-old from Hartlepool bogeyed the final hole at the Portugal Masters last season to seemingly miss out on retaining his card by just 100 euros, but was handed a lifeline when American Ryder Cup star Patrick Reed failed to play enough events to remain on the Race to Dubai.

That meant Storm moved up one place in the standings to claim the 111th and final card and he made the most of his good fortune by beating McIlroy in dramatic style earlier this season.

"After what happened in Portugal last year, getting the reprieve of getting my card back, it kind of made me think I need to work harder, but I need to relax as well," Storm told Sky Sports.

"The mental side of it is always a thing that's kind of dragged me down but I'm enjoying my golf, I've got a great caddie on the bag that talks to me a lot. We're good friends and he's pushing me as hard as he can."

Orrin, who secured a rookie season on the European Tour via the qualifying school, had shared the overnight lead with Paratore but the 23-year-old could only add a 73 to his opening 68.

Round 1 - Max Orrin & Renato Paratore share lead

June 2, 2017

Renato Paratore of Italy shared the lead with England's Max Orrin after the opening round of the Nordea Masters on Thursday.

Paratore shot a 5-under 68 on the Barseback Golf and Country Club course, while Orrin had to cope with windy conditions on the back nine to match the Italian's round.

''I managed to put a good score together in the end, so I'm very happy with that,'' Orrin said.

Welshmen Jamie Donaldson and Bradley Dredge were 4 under, one shot clear of a trio comprising Frenchman Benjamin Hebert, England's Eddie Pepperell and China's Li Haotong.

Local favorites Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren made poor starts, carding 73 and a 2-over 75 respectively.

Noren, a two-time winner of the event and who Sunday won the BMW PGA Championship, said Thursday's start had been ''quite difficult.''

Scores

1 ITA Renato Paratore -11 - 68 72 71 70 281
T2 ENG Chris Wood -10 - 74 68 68 72 282
T2 ENG Matthew Fitzpatrick -10 - 73 70 71 68 282
T4 RSA George Coetzee -9 - 73 71 73 66 283
T4 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -9 - 72 70 70 71 283
6 FRA Matthieu Pavon -8 - 74 69 74 67 284
7 WAL Jamie Donaldson -7 - 69 69 75 72 285
T8 ENG Andy Sullivan -6 - 73 71 73 69 286
T8 CAN Austin Connelly -6 - 72 70 73 71 286
T8 FRA Benjamin Hebert -6 - 70 71 70 75 286
T8 ENG Eddie Pepperell -6 - 70 74 71 71 286
T8 KOR Jeung-Hun Wang -6 - 72 71 70 73 286
T8 GER Marcel Siem -6 - 74 73 71 68 286
T8 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -6 - 73 72 72 69 286
T15 FRA Alexander Levy -5 - 74 72 68 73 287
T15 SWE Alexander Noren -5 - 75 70 71 71 287
T15 WAL Bradley Dredge -5 - 69 74 74 70 287
T15 SWE Christofer Blomstrand -5 - 74 72 72 69 287
T15 ENG Lee Westwood -5 - 73 72 72 70 287
T15 ENG Max Orrin -5 - 68 73 72 74 287
T21 FRA Gregory Bourdy -4 - 73 74 68 73 288
T21 ENG Jordan Smith -4 - 75 70 72 71 288
T21 SWE Niklas Lemke -4 - 75 71 70 72 288
T21 NZL Ryan Fox -4 - 75 72 71 70 288
T21 SCO Scott Jamieson -4 - 73 71 74 70 288
T26 CHN Haotong Li -3 - 70 75 72 72 289
T26 SWE Henrik Stenson -3 - 73 72 75 69 289
T26 POR Jose-Filipe Lima -3 - 71 73 70 75 289
T26 FRA Julien Guerrier -3 - 73 73 71 72 289
T30 ESP Alejandro Canizares -2 - 76 71 68 75 290
T30 USA David Lipsky -2 - 75 72 72 71 290
T30 SWE Kristoffer Broberg -2 - 73 72 71 74 290
T30 ENG Nathan Kimsey -2 - 74 73 74 69 290
T30 AUS Richard Green -2 - 72 71 75 72 290
T30 IND Shiv Chawrasia -2 - 71 73 71 75 290
T36 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -1 - 76 71 71 73 291
T36 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -1 - 72 74 71 74 291
T36 SWE Johan Edfors -1 - 77 69 75 70 291
T36 ENG Paul Waring -1 - 75 71 75 70 291
T36 SCO Richie Ramsay -1 - 73 72 73 73 291
T41 ENG Graeme Storm Par - 73 68 75 76 292
T41 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat Par - 73 72 76 71 292
T41 ENG Laurie Canter Par - 74 72 72 74 292
T41 SWE Sebastian Soederberg Par - 71 73 73 75 292
T41 IND Shiv Kapur Par - 73 73 71 75 292
T41 ENG Tom Lewis Par - 71 72 78 71 292
T47 FRA Adrien Bernadet 1 - 76 71 75 71 293
T47 SWE Jens Fahrbring 1 - 72 75 73 73 293
T47 RSA Richard Sterne 1 - 75 68 76 74 293
T47 SWE Rikard Karlberg 1 - 72 75 76 70 293
T47 AUS Scott Hend 1 - 71 72 76 74 293
T47 FRA Sebastien Gros 1 - 75 70 72 76 293
T53 SWE Jeff Winther 2 - 71 75 73 75 294
T53 ENG Richard Bland 2 - 77 70 74 73 294
T53 SCO Stephen Gallacher 2 - 74 71 75 74 294
T53 THA Thongchai Jaidee 2 - 72 73 77 72 294
T57 ENG Daniel Brooks 3 - 73 73 73 76 295
T57 CHI Felipe Aguilar 3 - 72 73 74 76 295
T57 ESP Nacho Elvira 3 - 73 73 75 74 295
T57 AUS Sam Brazel 3 - 76 71 73 75 295
T57 ENG Simon Dyson 3 - 73 73 78 71 295
T62 DNK Lasse Jensen 4 - 74 72 75 75 296
T62 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard 4 - 73 74 78 71 296
T62 SWE Peter Hanson 4 - 73 72 74 77 296
T65 AUS Andrew Dodt 5 - 77 68 73 79 297
T65 ENG Matthew Southgate 5 - 72 74 76 75 297
T65 RSA Zander Lombard 5 - 73 72 75 77 297
CUT SWE Joakim Lagergren 6 - 74 70 77 77 298
CUT SWE Oliver Gillberg 6 - 76 69 76 77 298
CUT SWE Fredrik Nilehn 7 - 76 70 76 77 299
CUT SWE Pelle Edberg 10 - 72 75 76 79 302
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero 12 - 75 72 80 77 304
CUT SWE Alexander Bjoerk 2 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ENG Ashley Chesters 2 - 76 72 - - 148
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 2 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG John Parry 2 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT ESP Pablo Larrazabal 2 - 75 73 - - 148
CUT USA Paul Peterson 2 - 73 75 - - 148
CUT FRA Romain Wattel 2 - 74 74 - - 148
CUT ESP Adrian Otaegui 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT FRA Gary Stal 3 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 3 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT SWE Johan Carlsson 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT RSA Justin Walters 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT ITA Nino Bertasio 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher 3 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT IRL Paul Dunne 3 - 78 71 - - 149
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT ENG Richard McEvoy 3 - 75 74 - - 149
CUT FRA Romain Langasque 3 - 73 76 - - 149
CUT ENG Sam Walker 3 - 74 75 - - 149
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee 3 - 72 77 - - 149
CUT AUS Wade Ormsby 3 - 76 73 - - 149
CUT ENG Anthony Wall 4 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT CHI Ashun Wu 4 - 71 79 - - 150
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer 4 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT ENG Chris Hanson 4 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT USA Daniel Im 4 - 76 74 - - 150
CUT SCO Duncan Stewart 4 - 82 68 - - 150
CUT NED Joost Luiten 4 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT ESP Jorge Campillo 4 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT FIN Mikko Ilonen 4 - 73 77 - - 150
CUT SWE Niclas Fasth 4 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique 4 - 74 76 - - 150
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 4 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT USA Zach Wright 4 - 77 73 - - 150
CUT DEN Anders Hansen 5 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 5 - 79 72 - - 151
CUT SCO David Drysdale 5 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT RSA Dylan Frittelli 5 - 74 77 - - 151
CUT GER Florian Fritsch 5 - 81 70 - - 151
CUT SWE Hannes Roenneblad 5 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT FRA Joel Stalter 5 - 76 75 - - 151
CUT SWE Oscar Lengden 5 - 79 72 - - 151
CUT SWE Pontus Widegren 5 - 78 73 - - 151
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 5 - 77 74 - - 151
CUT RSA Trevor Immelman 5 - 75 76 - - 151
CUT GER Alexander Knappe 6 - 78 74 - - 152
CUT RSA Jaco Ahlers 6 - 78 74 - - 152
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 6 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT FRA Julien Quesne 6 - 73 79 - - 152
CUT SCO Marc Warren 6 - 74 78 - - 152
CUT USA Mike Miller 6 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 6 - 77 75 - - 152
CUT SCO Scott Henry 6 - 79 73 - - 152
CUT BEL Thomas Detry 6 - 76 76 - - 152
CUT AUS Brett Rumford 7 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT SWE Niclas Johansson 7 - 80 73 - - 153
CUT SWE Oscar Stark 7 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 7 - 79 74 - - 153
CUT ENG Robert Rock 7 - 76 77 - - 153
CUT ENG Jamie Rutherford 8 - 79 75 - - 154
CUT SWE Jens Dantorp 8 - 78 76 - - 154
CUT AUS Marcus Fraser 8 - 76 78 - - 154
CUT SWE Markus Larsson 8 - 77 77 - - 154
CUT SWE Richard S. Johnson 8 - 80 74 - - 154
CUT GER Sebastian Heisele 8 - 76 78 - - 154
CUT FRA Gregory Havret 9 - 77 78 - - 155
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 9 - 81 74 - - 155
CUT SWE Magnus A. Carlsson 9 - 80 75 - - 155
CUT ENG Mark Foster 9 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT GER Maximilian Kieffer 9 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT ENG Richard Finch 9 - 78 77 - - 155
CUT ENG Steven Tiley 9 - 80 75 - - 155
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson 10 - 80 76 - - 156
CUT ENG Paul Maddy 10 - 77 79 - - 156
CUT ISL Gudmundur Kristjansson 11 - 79 78 - - 157
CUT DEN Thomas Bjorn 11 - 75 82 - - 157
CUT ENG Gary King 13 - 79 80 - - 159
CUT ENG Matthew Nixon 13 - 77 82 - - 159
CUT ESP Pep Angles 14 - 78 82 - - 160
CUT SWE Magnus Atlevi 16 - 80 82 - - 162
DSQ ENG Callum Shinkwin 7 - 80 - - - 80
DSQ SWE Robert Karlsson 9 - 82 - - - 82
RET ENG David Howell 4 - 4 - - - 4