European Tour

Nordea Masters 2018

August 16-19

Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

€1,500,000

August 16-19

Hills Golf Club, Gothenburg, Sweden

€1,500,000

Round 1

Sordet soars to the summit in Sweden

August 16, 2018

Clément Sordet recorded the lowest round of his European Tour career and matched the lowest opening round of the season with a stunning 62 to take the lead after round one of the Nordea Masters in Gothenburg.

Sordet soars to the summit in Sweden, © Getty Images

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“I played really well. I've not been playing great the past few weeks so it feels really good to start with an eight under this week. The game feels really nice and I'm really looking forward to this week."

The Frenchman's bogey-free eight under par round was two shots better than the 64 he fired en route to his only European Tour top ten at the season-opening UBS Hong Kong Open, and beat the 63 he shot as an amateur at the 2014 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge on the Challenge Tour. It was also four shots better than the course record at Hills Golf Club, but with preferred lies in force this week he won't take his place in the history books.

“I hit some really good shots. I birdied the first and then I hit it close on the next three holes, so that helps. I wasn't really focusing on the score, I was just enjoying it."

“It wasn't easy out there, there was a lot of wind and I'm glad I shot eight under. You've just got to keep the ball in play, you've got some spots where you don't want to go and it's tough to read the greens. You've just got to hit the fairway, the green and make the putt.”

The four-time winner on the Challenge Tour holds a two-shot lead over Scotland's Scott Jamieson and Englishman Lee Slattery, who both signed for six under par rounds of 64.

“It was great, 64 sounds better than six under so I like the sound of that," said Jamieson.

“On seven I never thought it was going in the water. Five was the one I got lucky on, I caught a gust and came up a little short but it held the bank, it didn't go in the water. Seven has been playing really tough so a five on that hole is not too bad today. "

“It could have been a lot better to be honest. I missed a couple of six footers and made a bogey with a wedge in my hand on 11, so my front nine could have been a lot better, but on my back nine I had a chip in and a couple of errant shots that I got away with.”

Sordet, who is in his rookie season on the European Tour, got off to the perfect start with four birdies in his first four holes, and he added further gains at the 11th, 12th and 13th holes to get to seven under and hold a two-shot lead.

Jamieson briefly joined him at the top of the leaderboard but fell back and when Sordet got up and down on the 18th hole, his two-shot cushion was restored.

Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen and Stewart Hunter of the United States also recorded bogey free rounds to sit at five under par alongside the highest placed Swede Christofer Blomstrand and Australian Richard Green.

Belgium's Thomas Detry, Dane Søren Kjeldsen and Englishman Paul Waring are amongst a group of eight players one shot further back at four under par.

Two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer of Germany and European Ryder Cup Vice-Captain and home favourite Robert Karlsson are two of 13 players at three under par.

Despite a one over par round of 71, it was a memorable day for five-time European Tour winner David Howell of England, who made his 600 th European Tour appearance.

Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
1
Clement Sordet
FRA
-8
62
T2
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
64
T2
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
64
T4
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-5
65
T4
Hunter Stewart
USA
-5
65
T4
Richard Green
AUS
-5
65
T4
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
65
T8
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-4
66
T8
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
66
T8
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
66
T8
Paul Waring
ENG
-4
66
T8
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-4
66
T8
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
66
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-4
66
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
66
T16
Adam Bland
AUS
-3
67
T16
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
67
T16
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-3
67
T16
Bradley Neil
SCO
-3
67
T16
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-3
67
T16
Kim Koivu
FIN
-3
67
T16
Ludvig Aberg
SWE
-3
67
T16
Mark Tullo
CHL
-3
67
T16
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
67
T16
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
67
T16
Oliver Lindell
FIN
-3
67
T16
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
67
T16
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
67
T29
Aake Nilsson
SWE
-2
68
T29
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
68
T29
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
68
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
68
T29
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-2
68
T29
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
68
T29
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
68
T29
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
68
T29
Steve Webster
ENG
-2
68
T29
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-2
68
T39
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
69
T39
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
69
T39
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
69
T39
Brad Fritsch
CAN
-1
69
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-1
69
T39
Connor Syme
SCO
-1
69
T39
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
69
T39
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
-1
69
T39
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
69
T39
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
69
T39
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
69
T39
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
69
T39
Pep Angles
ESP
-1
69
T39
Pontus Nyholm
SWE
-1
69
T53
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
70
T53
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
70
T53
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
70
T53
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
70
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T53
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
70
T53
James Morrison
ENG
Par
70
T53
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
70
T53
Johan Carlsson
SWE
Par
70
T53
Johan Edfors
SWE
Par
70
T53
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
70
T53
Linus Lilliedahl
SWE
Par
70
T53
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
T53
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
70
T53
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
T53
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
70
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
T53
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
70
T53
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
70
T53
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
70
T53
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
70
T53
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
70
T53
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
Par
70
T53
Scott Fernandez
ESP
Par
70
T53
Simon Khan
ENG
Par
70
T53
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
70
T79
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
1
71
T79
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
1
71
T79
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
71
T79
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
71
T79
David Drysdale
SCO
1
71
T79
David Howell
ENG
1
71
T79
Davis Love IV
USA
1
71
T79
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
1
71
T79
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
71
T79
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
T79
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
71
T79
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
71
T79
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
1
71
T79
Oscar Floren
SWE
1
71
T79
Peter Karmis
RSA
1
71
T79
Rak Cho
KOR
1
71
T79
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
71
T79
Sebastien Gros
FRA
1
71
T97
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
72
T97
Daniel Im
USA
2
72
T97
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
2
72
T97
Gary Stal
FRA
2
72
T97
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
72
T97
Haydn Porteous
RSA
2
72
T97
Henric Sturehed
SWE
2
72
T97
Jarand Arnoey
NOR
2
72
T97
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
72
T97
Josh Geary
NZL
2
72
T97
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
2
72
T97
Oscar Stark
SWE
2
72
T97
Pontus Widegren
SWE
2
72
T97
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
72
T97
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
72
T97
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
72
T113
Alfie Plant
ENG
3
73
T113
Hannes Roenneblad
SWE
3
73
T113
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
73
T113
Niklas Lemke
SWE
3
73
T113
Scott Vincent
ZIM
3
73
T113
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
3
73
T119
Anthony Paolucci
USA
4
74
T119
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
74
T119
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
4
74
T119
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
74
T119
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
4
74
T119
Marcel Siem
GER
4
74
T119
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
74
T119
Michael Jonzon
SWE
4
74
T119
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
74
T128
Adam Blomme
SWE
5
75
T128
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
75
T128
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
75
T128
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
75
T128
Matias Calderon
CHI
5
75
T128
Niclas Fasth
SWE
5
75
T128
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
75
T128
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
5
75
T128
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
75
T128
Tim Widing
SWE
5
75
T138
Brett Rumford
AUS
6
76
T138
Jordan Gumberg
USA
6
76
T138
Steven Brown
ENG
6
76
T141
Per Laengfors
SWE
7
77
T141
Peter Hanson
SWE
7
77
T143
Danny List
AUS
8
78
T143
Gustav Adell
SWE
8
78
T143
Roope Kakko
FIN
8
78
T146
Florian Fritsch
GER
9
79
T146
Renato Paratore
ITA
9
79
148
Oskar Franck
SWE
10
80
149
Wesley McClain
USA
13
83
RET
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
Par
-
Pos.
Player
Nat.
To Par
R1
1
Clement Sordet
FRA
-8
62
T2
Lee Slattery
ENG
-6
64
T2
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-6
64
T4
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-5
65
T4
Hunter Stewart
USA
-5
65
T4
Richard Green
AUS
-5
65
T4
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
-5
65
T8
Daniel Brooks
ENG
-4
66
T8
Lucas Herbert
AUS
-4
66
T8
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-4
66
T8
Paul Waring
ENG
-4
66
T8
Sebastian Heisele
GER
-4
66
T8
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
66
T8
Thomas Aiken
RSA
-4
66
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-4
66
T16
Adam Bland
AUS
-3
67
T16
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
-3
67
T16
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
-3
67
T16
Bradley Neil
SCO
-3
67
T16
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-3
67
T16
Kim Koivu
FIN
-3
67
T16
Ludvig Aberg
SWE
-3
67
T16
Mark Tullo
CHL
-3
67
T16
Martin Kaymer
GER
-3
67
T16
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
67
T16
Oliver Lindell
FIN
-3
67
T16
Robert Karlsson
SWE
-3
67
T16
Tom Lewis
ENG
-3
67
T29
Aake Nilsson
SWE
-2
68
T29
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-2
68
T29
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
68
T29
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
68
T29
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
-2
68
T29
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-2
68
T29
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
68
T29
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
68
T29
Steve Webster
ENG
-2
68
T29
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
-2
68
T39
Aaron Rai
ENG
-1
69
T39
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-1
69
T39
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-1
69
T39
Brad Fritsch
CAN
-1
69
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-1
69
T39
Connor Syme
SCO
-1
69
T39
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
-1
69
T39
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
-1
69
T39
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-1
69
T39
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
69
T39
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
69
T39
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
69
T39
Pep Angles
ESP
-1
69
T39
Pontus Nyholm
SWE
-1
69
T53
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
70
T53
Ashun Wu
CHI
Par
70
T53
Bradley Dredge
WAL
Par
70
T53
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
70
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
T53
Nacho Elvira
ESP
Par
70
T53
James Morrison
ENG
Par
70
T53
Jens Dantorp
SWE
Par
70
T53
Johan Carlsson
SWE
Par
70
T53
Johan Edfors
SWE
Par
70
T53
Justin Walters
RSA
Par
70
T53
Linus Lilliedahl
SWE
Par
70
T53
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
70
T53
Marc Warren
SCO
Par
70
T53
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
70
T53
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
70
T53
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
T53
Pedro Oriol
ESP
Par
70
T53
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
Par
70
T53
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
Par
70
T53
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
70
T53
Robert Rock
ENG
Par
70
T53
Ryan Lumsden
SCO
Par
70
T53
Scott Fernandez
ESP
Par
70
T53
Simon Khan
ENG
Par
70
T53
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
Par
70
T79
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
1
71
T79
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
1
71
T79
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
71
T79
Carlos Pigem
ESP
1
71
T79
David Drysdale
SCO
1
71
T79
David Howell
ENG
1
71
T79
Davis Love IV
USA
1
71
T79
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
1
71
T79
Jason Scrivener
AUS
1
71
T79
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
71
T79
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
1
71
T79
Lasse Jensen
DNK
1
71
T79
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
1
71
T79
Oscar Floren
SWE
1
71
T79
Peter Karmis
RSA
1
71
T79
Rak Cho
KOR
1
71
T79
Richie Ramsay
SCO
1
71
T79
Sebastien Gros
FRA
1
71
T97
Adrien Saddier
SCO
2
72
T97
Daniel Im
USA
2
72
T97
Fredrik Jacobson
SWE
2
72
T97
Gary Stal
FRA
2
72
T97
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
2
72
T97
Haydn Porteous
RSA
2
72
T97
Henric Sturehed
SWE
2
72
T97
Jarand Arnoey
NOR
2
72
T97
Jeff Winther
SWE
2
72
T97
Josh Geary
NZL
2
72
T97
Malcolm Kokocinski
SWE
2
72
T97
Oscar Stark
SWE
2
72
T97
Pontus Widegren
SWE
2
72
T97
Richard McEvoy
ENG
2
72
T97
Ryan Evans
ENG
2
72
T97
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
2
72
T113
Alfie Plant
ENG
3
73
T113
Hannes Roenneblad
SWE
3
73
T113
Matthias Schwab
AUT
3
73
T113
Niklas Lemke
SWE
3
73
T113
Scott Vincent
ZIM
3
73
T113
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
3
73
T119
Anthony Paolucci
USA
4
74
T119
Austin Connelly
CAN
4
74
T119
Fredrik Nilehn
SWE
4
74
T119
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
74
T119
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
4
74
T119
Marcel Siem
GER
4
74
T119
Matteo Manassero
ITA
4
74
T119
Michael Jonzon
SWE
4
74
T119
Oscar Serna
MEX
4
74
T128
Adam Blomme
SWE
5
75
T128
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
5
75
T128
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
5
75
T128
Julien Guerrier
FRA
5
75
T128
Matias Calderon
CHI
5
75
T128
Niclas Fasth
SWE
5
75
T128
Oliver Farr
WAL
5
75
T128
Ricardo Gonzalez
ARG
5
75
T128
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
75
T128
Tim Widing
SWE
5
75
T138
Brett Rumford
AUS
6
76
T138
Jordan Gumberg
USA
6
76
T138
Steven Brown
ENG
6
76
T141
Per Laengfors
SWE
7
77
T141
Peter Hanson
SWE
7
77
T143
Danny List
AUS
8
78
T143
Gustav Adell
SWE
8
78
T143
Roope Kakko
FIN
8
78
T146
Florian Fritsch
GER
9
79
T146
Renato Paratore
ITA
9
79
148
Oskar Franck
SWE
10
80
149
Wesley McClain
USA
13
83
RET
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
Par
-