European Golf Tour
PGA European - Nordea Scandinavian Masters Preview
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DATES: Thursday, July 22nd through Sunday, July 25th
SITE: Bro Hof Slott Golf Club (Stadium Course), Stockholm, Sweden
COURSE ARCHITECT: Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (2007)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,365
Hole-by-Hole1 - Par 5 578 Yds
2 - Par 4 445 Yds
3 - Par 4 395 Yds
4 - Par 3 219 Yds
5 - Par 4 468 Yds
6 - Par 4 472 Yds
7 - Par 3 228 Yds
8 - Par 4 451 Yds
9 - Par 5 581 Yds
36 3,837 Yds
10 - Par 4 442 Yds
11 - Par 3 191 Yds
12 - Par 5 525 Yds
13 - Par 5 565 Yds
14 - Par 4 416 Yds
15 - Par 5 569 Yds
16 - Par 3 238 Yds
17 - Par 3 150 Yds
18 - Par 4 432 Yds
36 3,528 Yds
Annual:  20th
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Ricardo Gonzalez
Runner-Up:  Jamie Donaldson
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)
Total Purse:  $2,072,886 (1,600,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $431,808; 2nd Place - $287,872; 3rd Place - $162,188
2009 Finish
Ricardo Gonzalez282Martin Erlandsson288
Jamie Donaldson284Lee Slattery288
Jeppe Huldahl286Oskar Henningsson288
Marcus Fraser288Jacob Olesen288
Marcus Higley288Nathan J. Smith288
Past Nordea Scandinavian Masters Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
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).

Top Contenders in the Field
Ricardo Gonzalez---------------mc------mcWon
Pelle Edberg---------------T-70T-74mcT-2T-17
David LynnT-38---T-17---6thT-31T-27mcT-14T-17
Niclas FasthmcT-13T-6mcT-8mcT-15---T-20T-17
Jean-B. Gonnet---------------------T-2T-39T-17
Jesper ParnevikT-11T-36T-17---T-8T-56T-7T-43T-46T-17
Peter Hanson---T-9mcmcT-2T-72T-33T-12WonT-53
Peter Lawrie---------mcT-8T-25T-15T-12mcT-27
Mikko Ilonen---mcmcmcmcmc---WonT-20T-38
Johan Edfors---------mc67thT-25mcT-67T-54T-43
Damien McGrane---------T-24T-31T-11mcT-36T-18T-53
Christian Cevaer---T-47---mcmcmcT-69T-2T-20mc
Marc Warren------------------WonmcT-30mc
Felipe Aguilar------------------T-15---T-46mc
Peter HedblommcT-9T-17T-8T-31T-46mcT-2T-61mc
Anton Haig---------------------mcT-66mc
Nick Dougherty------T-662ndmcmc---T-2T-2---
Paul Broadhurst---T-47T-52T-37T-47T-11---T-7T-4---
Robert KarlssonmcmcT-38T-3T-47T-312ndmcmc---
Louis Oosthuizen---------------mc80thmcmc---
Edoardo Molinari------------------------mc---
Rory Sabbatini------------------------------
Rickie Fowler------------------------------
K.J. Choi------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Edoardo Molinari
Darkhorse - Johan Edfors
Last Week's Pick to Win (P.Mickelson, J.Rose, M.Kuchar) - T-48, MC, T-27
Last Week's Darkhorse (R.Moore, R.Barnes, A.Canizares) - MC, T-44, T-27
Although Ricardo Gonzalez is the defending champion, the real headline this week is that Open champion Louis Oosthuizen is competing in Sweden. Oosthuizen, who destroyed the field last week in Scotland, is making his fifth appearance in the Scandinavian Masters. In his four previous stops, he has missed the cut three times and placed 80th in 2006. Oosthuizen becomes the first man since John Daly in 1995 to compete in a European Tour event the week following a victory in the Open Championship.

Last season, Gonzalez trailed third-round leader Marcus Fraser by two shots heading into the final round, but he fashioned a four-under-par 69 for a two- shot win over Jamie Donaldson. Gonzalez captured his fourth career European Tour title with birdies on five of the final six holes, but it was his birdies on 17 and 18 that stand out. Standing in a greenside bunker on the long par- four 17th, Gonzalez holed the shot and then after hooking his tee ball on 18, he laced a nine-iron through the trees to five feet and sank the putt to secure the win. Fraser meanwhile stumbled home with 77 to tie for fourth.

Bro Hof Slott Golf Club's Stadium Course will be hosting this event for the first time. Opened in 2007, the venue was designed by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. The featured hole is the par-three 17th, which possess an island green. The course measures 7,551 yards and is the second longest European Tour event to be staged in Continental Europe. The longest was for this event 12 months ago at Barseback G & CC, which played 7,665 yards.

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

Back in 2007, Mikko Ilonen birdied the par-three 18th in the final round, then watched as Martin Kaymer closed with a double-bogey. Kaymer's closing double handed Ilonen his second win of 2007, having previously won the Indonesia Open. Ilonen completed the event at six-under-par 274 thanks to a final-round 68.

Marc Warren escaped with a bogey on the first playoff hole in 2006, then parred the second to defeat Robert Karlsson. Karlsson became the second Swede in as many years to lose in a playoff in front of his home crowd (Mark Hensby beat Henrik Stenson in 2005).

In 2005, Hensby parred the second playoff hole to edge Stenson and win. Hensby picked up his first win on the European Tour, becoming the first Australian ever to win this event. In 2004, Luke Donald picked up his first European Tour title at this event, as he defeated Hanson and Stenson by five shots.

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 event.

Playoffs have decided this event in four of the 19 previous tournaments, the last coming in 2006, when Warren defeated Karlsson.

The European Tour travels to Ireland next week for the 3 Irish Open at Killarney Golf & Fishing Club. Shane Lowry is expected to be on hand to defend his title from a year ago.

07/20 15:43:08 ET

As of July 20, 2010, at 03:43 PM ET