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Rupert Wyman 20th Jul 2011 - 20:00

No more blubber from Bubba

After the thrill of the Open Championship, the European Tour heads to Scandinavia for the Nordea Masters. The Bro Hoff slot Golf Club in Stockholm will host the event for the second year running.  The title holder is a native, Richard S Johnson (40/1).

The course is based on the waterside and it is considered the best course in Sweden.  It is one of the longest courses on the European Tour. One player who should excel due to the length of the course is Dustin Johnson (7/1), he is one of the biggest hitters on the PGA Tour and he has stayed in Europe for the event.

He came so close in the Open Championship and he can go one step better in Sweden, most of his fellow US players have headed back across the Atlantic but the eccentric and erratic Bubba Watson (16/1) has stayed in Europe to fall out of love with another country.

He could not stand France and the Eiffel Tower in Paris, so how he will cope with a mild Sweden will be interesting. He is also a big driver and he hits over seventy-one percent of greens in regulation. He will have little or no course knowledge and he has a different style of play.

The field is not outstanding, so as long as his mind is on the game, then he could be the holder of the title on Sunday.

The second favourite is Robert Karlsson (10/1) and he hit a sixty-seven on his final round last year. He has won eleven times on the European Tour and the son of a greenkeeper has the necessary course knowledge to be thereabouts on Sunday afternoon.

Anthony Wall (40/1) has only won once on the European Tour but he has a massive drive and he has found some form of late. He came tenth in the Open de France and he could make the most of this weakened field. He is a veteran on the Tour and his driving accuracy is better than ever.  He came forty-first here last year and he was badly let down by his seventy-six on the third round.

My only negative about Wall is that he has not won the Tour for a very long time and whether he could sustain a lead. He is not the most consistent of players and he will need to start very well.

Pelle Edberg (100/1) spends most of his time playing on the Challenge Tour but not only is he a native but he also has a massive drive. He came fourth in Sweden earlier this month on a Challenge Tour event,  the PGA of Sweden National.  Swedish players have won two of the last three events and he has previous professional wins in Sweden and his course knowledge is a massive bonus.

Pablo Martin (150/1) had mixed fortunes last year, he hit a sixty-seven on the final round but he carded a seventy-sight on the third round.  He is best backed each-way because he is a massive choker, he lost the Portugal Masters in the final round last year but he has won three times on the Tour.



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