Scandinavian Invitation R4

van Rooyen clinches maiden win in Sweden

August 22-25
Hills Golf & Sports Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
€1,500,000
Live leaderboard
Round 1, Round 2, Round 3


Erik van Rooyen birdied the last to overcome Matthew Fitzpatrick in a thrilling final day battle and win his first European Tour title at the Scandinavian Invitation.

Scandinavian Invitation R4 - van Rooyen clinches maiden win in Sweden
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“It’s too good, it’s hard to describe. I was so nervous on 18. On 17 I was fine, I just didn’t hit that putt hard enough and then I asked (caddie) Alex, ‘what are we at?’ and he told me that Matt went birdie-birdie.

“I’ve been putting so well all day and to hole that one to win my first one is pretty cool. I’ve gone close a bunch of times and every time I’m in contention the question gets asked.

The South African was last season’s European Challenge Tour Graduate of the Year and arrived at Hills Golf & Sports Club having finished second three times on the European Tour – twice on the 2019 Race to Dubai.

He entered the final day in Gothenburg with a one shot lead and was caught by Fitzpatrick and local hero Henrik Stenson but led by two at the turn and stretched that lead to three on the back nine.

Fitzpatrick – the 2016 champion – was tenacious in producing a birdie-birdie finish in a 64 and when Van Rooyen bogeyed the 17th, the players were tied at 18 under.


But the 29-year-old made a gutsy closing birdie from 15 feet on the par five last to match Fitzpatrick’s 64 and get to 19 under, securing his maiden win and moving him inside the top ten on the Race to Dubai Rankings Presented by Rolex.

“I didn’t put a foot wrong, I didn’t really miss a shot,” said Fitzpatrick. “I hate to say it, but I had no luck out there. I was playing some really good golf, it was nice to be in the mix again.

“I’m really comfortable with where my game is at, another second place so hopefully we’ll have one better later this year. I was playing really well and that helps massively. If you’re grinding for pars and struggling to try and stay in it that makes it a bit more difficult, but I just felt really comfortable out there.

“Well played Erik, it’s a great final round to start out with the lead, shoot that, and win by one.”

Stenson thrilled the home fans with a hole-in-one at the sixth in a closing 66 that moved him to 14 under alongside South African Dean Burmester – who carded the same score. The Swede took advantage of the par five third and then produced maybe the highlight of the week with his one bounce ace at the sixth sending the crowd wild and moving him into a share of the lead.

“I had a couple of good holes, one in particular, but all in all I didn’t have my sharpest game,” said Stenson.

“Unfortunately, we couldn’t see the bottom of the pin. I hit a very nicely struck seven iron and it was flying straight at it, so I had my hopes. It was kind of sitting down in a bowl and going straight at it.

“I don’t think all of the crowd could see it either, some seemed more excited than others. It wasn’t until we reached the front of the green that I realised it was in.”


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19th Hole
By GT Editor
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
R4
Total
1
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-19
65
68
64
64
261
2
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
-18
64
65
69
64
262
T3
Henrik Stenson
SWE
-14
69
62
69
66
266
T3
Dean Burmester
RSA
-14
66
72
62
66
266
T5
Sebastian Soederberg
SWE
-13
67
69
68
63
267
T5
Sihwan Kim
KOR
-13
66
68
68
65
267
T5
Alexander Levy
FRA
-13
63
71
66
67
267
T5
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-13
69
68
63
67
267
T5
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-13
62
71
65
69
267
T10
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-12
69
70
67
62
268
T10
Matthieu Pavon
FRA
-12
74
66
64
64
268
T10
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-12
63
69
71
65
268
T10
Andrew Johnston
ENG
-12
70
70
63
65
268
T10
Victor Perez
FRA
-12
68
65
69
66
268
T10
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-12
65
72
64
67
268
T16
Andrea Pavan
ITA
-11
74
64
67
64
269
T16
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
-11
70
69
66
64
269
T16
Gavin Green
MAS
-11
66
67
71
65
269
T16
Zander Lombard
RSA
-11
70
68
64
67
269
T20
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
-10
67
67
72
64
270
T20
Renato Paratore
ITA
-10
72
67
67
64
270
T20
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-10
69
71
66
64
270
T20
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-10
74
65
66
65
270
T20
Paul Waring
ENG
-10
68
71
66
65
270
T20
Niklas Lemke
SWE
-10
70
69
64
67
270
T20
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-10
69
63
70
68
270
T20
Thomas Detry
BEL
-10
72
66
63
69
270
T20
Ashun Wu
CHI
-10
67
64
67
72
270
T29
Ryan Evans
ENG
-9
71
68
69
63
271
T29
Aaron Rai
ENG
-9
70
70
66
65
271
T29
James Morrison
ENG
-9
66
68
71
66
271
T29
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
-9
68
68
69
66
271
T29
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-9
70
66
69
66
271
T29
Matthew Nixon
ENG
-9
70
69
66
66
271
T29
Joost Luiten
NED
-9
70
67
67
67
271
T29
John Catlin
USA
-9
66
69
66
70
271
T37
Jeff Winther
SWE
-8
73
65
68
66
272
T37
Jack Singh-Brar
ENG
-8
71
68
66
67
272
T37
Borja Virto
ESP
-8
69
70
66
67
272
T40
Jens Dantorp
SWE
-7
70
67
70
66
273
T40
Kristian Krogh Johannessen
NOR
-7
68
69
70
66
273
T40
Masahiro Kawamura
JPN
-7
67
70
69
67
273
T40
Alexander Noren
SWE
-7
72
67
67
67
273
T40
Lee Slattery
ENG
-7
69
70
67
67
273
T40
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
-7
68
72
65
68
273
T40
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
-7
69
69
66
69
273
T47
Kalle Samooja
FIN
-6
67
68
72
67
274
T47
David Nyfjaell
SWE
-6
67
72
67
68
274
T47
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-6
68
70
67
69
274
T47
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
-6
70
67
67
70
274
T47
Austin Connelly
CAN
-6
67
73
64
70
274
T47
Gavin Moynihan
IRL
-6
69
67
64
74
274
T53
Deyen Lawson
AUS
-5
72
67
70
66
275
T53
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
-5
71
69
69
66
275
T53
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-5
67
71
68
69
275
T53
Chris Wood
ENG
-5
72
68
66
69
275
T53
Per Laengfors
SWE
-5
69
69
67
70
275
T53
Rikard Karlberg
SWE
-5
68
71
65
71
275
T59
Justin Walters
RSA
-4
71
68
70
67
276
T59
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
-4
70
70
68
68
276
T59
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
-4
69
71
68
68
276
T59
Tom Lewis
ENG
-4
69
71
68
68
276
T59
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-4
72
67
68
69
276
T59
Paul Peterson
USA
-4
70
67
69
70
276
T59
Ivan Cantero
ESP
-4
69
66
68
73
276
T66
Hyo-Won Park
KOR
-3
67
71
70
69
277
T66
Ben Evans
ENG
-3
73
67
68
69
277
T68
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-2
67
70
69
72
278
T68
Zhengkai Bai
CHN
-2
73
64
69
72
278
T70
Max Orrin
ENG
-1
71
69
69
70
279
T70
Robert Rock
ENG
-1
68
66
69
76
279
72
Max Schmitt
GER
Par
69
69
71
71
280
73
Brett Rumford
AUS
1
70
68
70
73
281
74
Adrien Saddier
SCO
4
67
73
69
75
284
CUT
Albin Bergstroem
SWE
1
71
70
141
CUT
David Lingmerth
SWE
1
68
73
141
CUT
Dimitrios Papadatos
AUS
1
69
72
141
CUT
Hugo Leon
CHI
1
72
69
141
CUT
Joel Girrbach
SWE
1
73
68
141
CUT
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
72
69
141
CUT
Pedro Figueiredo
POR
1
72
69
141
CUT
Robert MacIntyre
SCO
1
72
69
141
CUT
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
74
67
141
CUT
Sam Brazel
AUS
1
72
69
141
CUT
Scott Gregory
ENG
1
73
68
141
CUT
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
2
71
71
142
CUT
Benjamin Hebert
FRA
2
67
75
142
CUT
Darren Fichardt
RSA
2
75
67
142
CUT
Filippo Bergamaschi
ITA
2
72
70
142
CUT
Jordan Smith
ENG
2
74
68
142
CUT
Kristoffer Reitan
NOR
2
73
69
142
CUT
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
73
69
142
CUT
Romain Langasque
FRA
2
71
71
142
CUT
Tom Murray
ENG
2
70
72
142
CUT
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
2
71
71
142
CUT
Andres Romero
ARG
3
75
68
143
CUT
Ashley Chesters
ENG
3
72
71
143
CUT
Christopher Sahlstroem
SWE
3
73
70
143
CUT
Liam Johnston
SCO
3
70
73
143
CUT
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
3
72
71
143
CUT
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
3
75
68
143
CUT
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
3
71
72
143
CUT
Vincent Norrman
SWE
3
71
72
143
CUT
David Howell
ENG
4
73
71
144
CUT
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
4
75
69
144
CUT
Kim Koivu
FIN
4
70
74
144
CUT
Laurie Canter
ENG
4
72
72
144
CUT
Robert Karlsson
SWE
4
74
70
144
CUT
Steven Brown
ENG
4
72
72
144
CUT
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
4
76
68
144
CUT
Chris Paisley
ENG
5
75
70
145
CUT
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
5
73
72
145
CUT
David Borda
ESP
5
74
71
145
CUT
David Law
SCO
5
73
72
145
CUT
George Coetzee
RSA
5
69
76
145
CUT
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
5
76
69
145
CUT
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
74
71
145
CUT
Lasse Jensen
DNK
5
73
72
145
CUT
Marc Warren
SCO
5
70
75
145
CUT
Marcel Siem
GER
5
75
70
145
CUT
Richie Ramsay
SCO
5
72
73
145
CUT
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
74
71
145
CUT
Adria Arnaus
ESP
6
76
70
146
CUT
Joakim Wikstroem
SWE
6
78
68
146
CUT
Julian Suri
USA
6
74
72
146
CUT
Stuart Manley
WAL
6
71
75
146
CUT
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
7
75
72
147
CUT
Jarmo Sandelin
SWE
7
75
72
147
CUT
Luis Gagne
CRC
7
75
72
147
CUT
Oliver Fisher
ENG
7
73
74
147
CUT
Richard McEvoy
ENG
7
74
73
147
CUT
Alexander Wennstam
SWE
8
73
75
148
CUT
Oscar Lengden
SWE
8
71
77
148
CUT
Paul Dunne
IRL
8
76
72
148
CUT
Min-Kyu Kim
KOR
9
72
77
149
CUT
Scott Jamieson
SCO
9
72
77
149
CUT
Johannes Axell
SWE
10
77
73
150
CUT
Michael Hoey
NIR
10
72
78
150
CUT
Philip Eriksson
SWE
10
75
75
150
CUT
Simon Forsstroem
SWE
10
76
74
150
CUT
Stefan Idstam
SWE
19
83
76
159
MDF
Adam Bland
AUS
Par
70
69
71
210
MDF
Brandon Stone
RSA
Par
73
67
70
210
MDF
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
Par
70
70
70
210
MDF
Anton Karlsson
SWE
1
71
68
72
211
MDF
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
1
72
68
71
211
MDF
Johan Edfors
SWE
1
70
70
71
211
MDF
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
2
68
70
74
212
MDF
Nick Cullen
AUS
3
71
67
75
213
MDF
Min-Woo Lee
AUS
4
67
72
75
214
MDF
Oliver Wilson
ENG
7
71
69
77
217
RET
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
Par
76
76
RET
Daniel Gavins
ENG
Par
79
79
RET
Nino Bertasio
ITA
Par
0
RET
Sean Crocker
USA
Par
74
74
RET
Victor Dubuisson
FRA
Par
73
73