European Golf Tour
PGA European - Nordea Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, May 29th through Sunday, June 1st
SITE: PGA Sweden National, Malmo, Sweden
COURSE ARCHITECT: Kyle Phillips (2010)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,390
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 5 547 Yds
2 - Par 4 437 Yds
3 - Par 4 417 Yds
4 - Par 3 224 Yds
5 - Par 4 361 Yds
6 - Par 3 170 Yds
7 - Par 4 481 Yds
8 - Par 5 639 Yds
9 - Par 4 476 Yds
36 3,752 Yds
10 - Par 4 437 Yds
11 - Par 5 552 Yds
12 - Par 4 416 Yds
13 - Par 4 443 Yds
14 - Par 4 334 Yds
15 - Par 3 170 Yds
16 - Par 4 476 Yds
17 - Par 3 209 Yds
18 - Par 5 601 Yds
36 3,638 Yds
Annual:  24th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday -- 7:30-11:30 a.m. (et),
  - Sunday -- 7-11:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Mikko Ilonen
Runner-Up:  Jonas Blixt
Tournament Record:  262 (Mark Hensby, Henrik Stenson, 2005)
54-Hole Record:  195 (Barry Lane, Bradley Dredge, 2005)
36-Hole Record:  129 (Bradley Dredge, 2005)
18-Hole Record:  61 (Fred Couples, 1991 - Drottningholm)
Course Record:  63 (unknown)
Total Purse:  $2,045,138 (1,500,000 euros)
Share:  1st Place - $340,350; 2nd Place - $226,890; 3rd Place - $127,835
2013 Finish
Mikko Ilonen267Rikard Karlberg272
Jonas Blixt270Matteo Manassero272
Bernd Wiesberger271Ross Fisher273
Thomas Bjorn272Felipe Aguilar274
Alexander Noren272Julien Quesne274
Past Nordea Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2013Mikko Ilonen (267) -- Jonas Blixt
2012Lee Westwood (269) -- Ross Fisher
2011Alexander Noren (273) -- Richard Finch
2010Richard S. Johnson (277) -- Rafa Echenique
2009Ricardo Gonzalez (282) -- Jamie Donaldson
2008Peter Hanson (271) -- Nick Dougherty, Pelle Edberg
2007Mikko Ilonen (274) -- Nick Dougherty, Jean Baptiste-Gonnet,
Martin Kaymer, Peter Hedblom, Christian Cevaer
2006*Marc Warren (278) -- Robert Karlsson
2005*Mark Hensby (262) -- Henrik Stenson
2004Luke Donald (272) -- Peter Hanson, Henrik Stenson
2003Adam Scott (277) -- Nick Dougherty
2002Graeme McDowell (270) -- Trevor Immelman
2001Colin Montgomerie (274) -- Lee Westwood, Ian Poulter
2000Lee Westwood (270) -- Michael Campbell
1999Colin Montgomerie (268) -- Jesper Parnevik
1998Jesper Parnevik (273) -- Darren Clarke
1997Joakim Haeggman (270) -- Ignacio Garrido
1996*Lee Westwood (281) -- Paul Broadhurst, Russell Claydon
1995Jesper Parnevik (270) -- Colin Montgomerie
1994Vijay Singh (268) -- Mark McNulty
1993*Peter Baker (278) -- Anders Forsbrand
1992Nick Faldo (277) -- Jose Maria Olazabal, Frank Nobilo, Peter Baker,
Peter O'Malley, Danny Mijovic, Robert Allenby
1991Colin Montgomerie (270) -- Seve Ballesteros

* - Won in Playoff

Note:Formerly called Volvo Scandinavian Masters (1995-2002), Scandinavian
Masters by Carlsberg (2003-05), EnterCard Scandinavian Masters (2006), Scandinavian Masters (2007), SAS Masters (2008-09), Nordea Scandinavian Masters (2010).

Top Contenders in the Field
Mikko Ilonenmc---T-3Won
Jonas Blixt------mc2nd
Thomas Bjorn---------T-4
Matteo Manassero---------T-4
Ross Fisher------2nd8th
Miguel A. Jimenez---------T-14
Richard S. JohnsonWonT-44mcT-21
Paul Lawrie---------T-21
Francesco Molinari---------T-21
Peter HansonT-34---T-3T-30
Ricardo GonzalezT-41------T-37
R. Cabrera-BelloT-24T-44T-47mc
Victor DubuissonT-24T-13------
Henrik Stenson---mc------
Stephen Gallacher------------
Shane Lowry------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Henrik Stenson
Darkhorse - Shane Lowry
Last Week's Pick to Win (Justin Rose) - Finished 25th
Last Week's Darkhorse (Joost Luiten) - Finished tied for 12th
NOTES:The European Tour heads to Sweden this week for the Nordea Masters.
Many of the top players on the European Tour are playing at the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour this week in the United States. However, four of the top 30 players in the world are in the field -- Swede Henrik Stenson (2), Thomas Bjorn (22), Victor Dubuisson (25) and Miguel Angel Jimenez (27).

Stenson passed Tiger Woods this week and moved into the No. 2 spot in the world rankings behind Adam Scott. He is still looking for his first victory of 2014 after winning three times between the European and PGA Tours in 2013. Stenson finished tied for seventh last week at the BMW PGA Championship.

Bjorn will try to bounce back this week after a tough finish at the BMW PGA Championship last week. Bjorn led by five heading into the final round, but shot a 3-over 75 on the last day to finish tied for third.

Jimenez has had an outstanding season at 50 years old. He has won twice on the European Tour and has a victory on the Champions Tour. Jimenez also finished fourth at the Masters.

Last year, Mikko Ilonen carded rounds of 70-63-65-69 to cruise to a 3-stroke win over Jonas Blixt. Ilonen, who also won this title in 2007, finished at 21- under-par 267. The victory was his third on the European Tour.

Lee Westwood posted rounds of 68-64-68-69 and cruised to his third victory at this event in 2012. Westwood, whose first European Tour victory came here in 1996, was the only player in the field to post four rounds in the 60s and finished at 19-under 269. He won by five shots over Ross Fisher and joined Colin Montgomerie as 3-time winners of this tournament.

In 2011, Alexander Noren, who led by 11 at the beginning of the final round, battled windy conditions and managed only a 5-over 77, but still won the tournament by seven strokes with a score of 15-under 273. Noren posted his second win in six events -- the third win of his career -- and became the fifth Swede to win this event in his home country. Only 15 players finished under par for the tournament.

Richard S. Johnson made a long birdie putt at the 18th hole in the final round of 2010's version to win by one shot. He ended at 11-under 277, beating the clubhouse number Argentina's Rafa Echenique had set minutes earlier. The win was cheered loudly by the Swedish crowd, which threw its support behind Johnson all week. The celebration on the 18th green included Johnson's caddie leaping onto the Swede's back.

In 2008, Peter Hanson survived a late charge from countryman Pelle Edberg in the final round to capture the title. Hanson became the first Swedish player to win this tournament since Jesper Parnevik claimed victory in 1998. It was Hanson's first win on the European Tour since the 2005 Open de Espana en Andalucia.

Mark Hensby parred the second playoff hole in 2005 to edge Stenson. Hensby picked up his first win on the European Tour, becoming the first Australian to win this event.

In 2004, Luke Donald picked up his first European Tour title here, as he defeated Hanson and Stenson by five shots. There have been four playoffs in tournament history, the last coming in 2006, when Marc Warren defeated Robert Karlsson on the first playoff hole.

On his way to a tie for sixth place in the 1991 event, Fred Couples had 12 birdies in his second round while shooting a 61 (-11), an 18-hole record at this tournament. The 12 birdies is the most in a single round in European Tour history.

The European Tour travels to Austria next week for the Lyoness Open in Atzenbrugg, where Joost Luiten captured the 2013 title.

05/27 19:36:20 ET

As of May 27, 2014, at 07:36 PM ET