Scandinavian Invitation R2

Fitzpatrick storms to the top in Sweden

August 22-25
Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Former champion Matthew Fitzpatrick holds a two shot lead at the halfway stage of the Scandinavian Invitation but has home hero Henrik Stenson breathing down his neck after an afternoon of low scoring at Hills Golf & Sports Club.

Scandinavian Invitation R2 - Fitzpatrick storms to the top in Sweden
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“It’s been a great the past two days. Everything going to plan so not sure what else to say.

“This summer has been really big for me in a lot of things. I have struggled the past three or four summers, and not had the results I have wanted or what I was working for, and this year we have been a little bit different. I have worked on my back foot shot and along with a lot of other good practise stuff we have been doing away from the tournaments, so it is paying off so far.”

Englishman Fitzpatrick and Gothenburg native Stenson treated the huge crowds following their group to a golfing masterclass on Friday, making the most of pleasant afternoon conditions to surge to the top section of the leaderboard.

Fitzpatrick, who won this event in 2016, holed a series of huge putts on the back nine as he carded six birdies and a single bogey in his second round 65 to head into the weekend on 11 under par.


Stenson, meanwhile, reeled off six birdies in a row around the turn before putting the finishing touches to his stunning 62 with a birdie to sit alone in a tie for second place alongside Wu Ashun on nine under, one shot clear of early clubhouse leaders Joakim Lagergren and Jason Scrivener.

“It was a good day,” said Stenson. “There aren’t too many times you are shooting 62 and you start with a bogey. It felt a big distance walking off the first green that I was going to shoot eight under today, but I got great support out there. A lot of people came out despite the weather in the morning, so I tried to please them, and I think I did.

“I just try to hit the shots to the places I wanted to, put some really good swings on the ball out there, and when I didn’t do that, I made it up with the putter. I was rolling it good today, made most of them, even though it always stinks to miss a three-footer on the second last hole but all in all a very good day out there.

“I am just happy to play a good round today. I was a was quite some way back after the first round, so to have a good score today and make up some ground to be in contention for the weekend feels pretty good. A lot of golf left to be played and Matt is playing really solid, so I think he is going to be the one to try and catch at this point.”

The early risers found low scores hard to come by following persistent overnight rain and blustery morning conditions but the weather improved throughout the day and Fitzpatrick, Wu and Stenson were able to take full advantage.


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
Today
R1
R2
Total
1
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-11
-5
64
65
129
T2
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-9
-8
69
62
131
T2
Ashun Wu
CHI
-9
-6
67
64
131
T4
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-8
-1
63
69
132
T4
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-8
-7
69
63
132
T6
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-7
-2
65
68
133
T6
Gavin Green
MAS
-7
-3
66
67
133
T6
Victor Perez
FRA
-7
-5
68
65
133
T6
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-7
1
62
71
133
T10
James Morrison
ENG
-6
-2
66
68
134
T10
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-6
-3
67
67
134
T10
Alexander Levy
FRA
-6
1
63
71
134
T10
Robert Rock
ENG
-6
-4
68
66
134
T10
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-6
-2
66
68
134
T15
John Catlin
USA
-5
-1
66
69
135
T15
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-5
-4
69
66
135
T15
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-5
-2
67
68
135
T18
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-4
-2
68
68
136
T18
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-4
-4
70
66
136
T18
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-4
-1
67
69
136
T18
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-4
-3
69
67
136
T22
Joost Luiten
NED
-3
-3
70
67
137
T22
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-3
-3
70
67
137
T22
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-3
Par
67
70
137
T22
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-3
2
65
72
137
T22
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-3
-1
68
69
137
T22
Paul Peterson
USA
-3
-3
70
67
137
T22
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-3
-2
69
68
137
T22
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
-3
-6
73
64
137
T22
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-3
-3
70
67
137
T22
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-3
Par
67
70
137
T32
Thomas Detry
BEL
-2
-4
72
66
138
T32
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-2
1
67
71
138
T32
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-2
-6
74
64
138
T32
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-2
Par
68
70
138
T32
Brett Rumford
AUS
-2
-2
70
68
138
T32
Max Schmitt
GER
-2
-1
69
69
138
T32
Nick Cullen
AUS
-2
-3
71
67
138
T32
Dean Burmester
RSA
-2
2
66
72
138
T32
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-2
Par
68
70
138
T32
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-2
1
67
71
138
T32
Per Laengfors
SWE
-2
-1
69
69
138
T32
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-2
-1
69
69
138
T32
Zander Lombard
RSA
-2
-2
70
68
138
T32
Jeff Winther
SWE
-2
-5
73
65
138
T46
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
-1
2
67
72
139
T46
Alexander Noren
SWE
-1
-3
72
67
139
T46
Paul Waring
ENG
-1
1
68
71
139
T46
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
-5
74
65
139
T46
Ryan Evans
ENG
-1
-2
71
68
139
T46
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
-1
70
69
139
T46
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-1
-2
71
68
139
T46
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-1
-1
70
69
139
T46
Renato Paratore
ITA
-1
-3
72
67
139
T46
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-1
Par
69
70
139
T46
Borja Virto
ESP
-1
Par
69
70
139
T46
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-1
-1
70
69
139
T46
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-1
-3
72
67
139
T46
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-1
-1
70
69
139
T46
Justin Walters
RSA
-1
-2
71
68
139
T46
Anton Karlsson
SWE
-1
-2
71
68
139
T46
Lee Slattery
ENG
-1
Par
69
70
139
T46
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-1
1
68
71
139
T46
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-1
-3
72
67
139
T46
David Nyfjaell
SWE
-1
2
67
72
139
T66
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
Par
-2
72
68
140
T66
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
Par
Par
70
70
140
T66
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
Par
1
69
71
140
T66
Oliver Wilson
ENG
Par
-1
71
69
140
T66
Andrew Johnston
ENG
Par
Par
70
70
140
T66
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
Par
-4
74
66
140
T66
Aaron Rai
ENG
Par
Par
70
70
140
T66
Johan Edfors
SWE
Par
Par
70
70
140
T66
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
-2
72
68
140
T66
Tom Lewis
ENG
Par
1
69
71
140
T66
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
Par
-1
71
69
140
T66
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
Par
1
69
71
140
T66
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
-3
73
67
140
T66
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
Par
70
70
140
T66
Adrien Saddier
SCO
Par
3
67
73
140
T66
Ben Evans
ENG
Par
-3
73
67
140
T66
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
Par
2
68
72
140
T66
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
3
67
73
140
T66
Max Orrin
ENG
Par
-1
71
69
140
CUT
Albin Bergstroem
SWE
1
Par
71
70
141
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
1
3
68
73
141
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
1
2
69
72
141
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
-2
73
68
141
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
-3
74
67
141
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
-1
72
69
141
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
1
-2
73
68
141
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
1
71
71
142
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
5
67
75
142
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
-3
75
67
142
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
Par
72
70
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
-2
74
68
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
-1
73
69
142
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
-1
73
69
142
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
1
71
71
142
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
2
2
70
72
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
1
71
71
142
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
3
-2
75
68
143
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
1
72
71
143
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
3
Par
73
70
143
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
3
3
70
73
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
1
72
71
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
-2
75
68
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
2
71
72
143
CUT
Vincent Norrman
SWE
3
2
71
72
143
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
1
73
71
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
-1
75
69
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
4
70
74
144
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
2
72
72
144
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
Par
74
70
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
2
72
72
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
-2
76
68
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
Par
75
70
145
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
2
73
72
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
5
1
74
71
145
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
2
73
72
145
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
5
6
69
76
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
-1
76
69
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
1
74
71
145
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
5
2
73
72
145
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
5
70
75
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
Par
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
5
3
72
73
145
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
1
74
71
145
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
6
Par
76
70
146
CUT
Joakim Wikstroem
SWE
6
-2
78
68
146
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
6
2
74
72
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
6
5
71
75
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
2
75
72
147
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
7
2
75
72
147
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
7
2
75
72
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
7
4
73
74
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
3
74
73
147
CUT
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
8
5
73
75
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
SWE
8
7
71
77
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
2
76
72
148
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
9
7
72
77
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
9
7
72
77
149
CUT
Johannes Axell
SWE
10
3
77
73
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
8
72
78
150
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
10
5
75
75
150
CUT
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
10
4
76
74
150
CUT
Stefan Idstam
SWE
19
6
83
76
159
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
-6
76
76
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
-9
79
79
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
70
0
RET
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
-4
74
74
RET
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
-3
73
73