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Austin Connelly enjoyed a T8 finish in last year's Nordea Masters at Barseback and he'll be hoping to shine again when the Swedish event moves to Hills GC on the outskirts of Gothenburg this week.

The Canadian youngster perhaps hasn't kicked on since challenging in last year's Open but he's dotted some decent finishes on his resume over the last few months with T11 at May's Sicilian Open and T19 in the Shot Clock Masters in June. T37 at the Open de France on this year's Ryder Cup course was a fair effort too. A very latest thermometer check shows three MCs, the latest coming when he returned home to play the Canadian Open. A poor opener (77) cost him there but the trip could have perked him up in other ways and he's certainly capable of making a challenge in a field like this.
Aug 14 - 12:12 PM

After posting a pair of T20s in the middle of a seven-cut run, Matteo Manassero is struggling again heading into this week's Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The 25-year-old Italian has had some tough times since bursting onto the scene and winning three European Tour events as a teenager but there were some very encouraging signs earlier this year when he made the weekend in every start from early March to early June. Since then? A run of MC-MC-64-MC-MC. Poor scrambling cost him for a while but a cold putter appears to have been the problem since. The long game looks solid enough though so hopefully he can arrest this slump soon. Manassero has some positive memories to draw upon in this event as he's 4-for-4 and has a fourth on debut in 2013 and T12 in 2016. Like the vast majority of the field, he'll be getting a first look at Hills GC this week.
Aug 14 - 12:03 PM

Marc Warren is one of the past winners of the event lining up in this week's Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The Scot's victory came at Barseback 12 years ago and, rather curiously, he's missed the cut in eight of his other ten appearances in the event. In fact, the only time he's cashed in his last seven attempts is a lowly T65 at Bro Hoff Slot in 2016 although he was actually the first-round leader two years ago and T29 after R3 before ballooning to an 84 in round four. Warren has found this season a struggle with T5 in the Open de Espana his only top 20 in 18 tournaments. However, he did take T22 in the European Open on his last start and finished second on the All-Around in Germany so that could be a clue for better things ahead.
Aug 14 - 11:48 AM

Julien Guerrier has three top tens this season but he's hit a sticky patch heading into this week's Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Sweden.

The Frenchman finished third in Oman, T9 at the Open de Espana and sixth at the Sicilian Open in his first ten starts of the campaign but hasn't cracked the top 50 in any of his last seven. He has at least cashed in his last three and opened with 65 before falling back to T55 in Scotland so there are some signs of promise. Guerrier is 3-for-3 in this event and enjoyed his best finish of T26 at Barseback 12 months ago.
Aug 14 - 11:39 AM

Richie Ramsay slots in at 124th on the Race to Dubai ahead of this week's Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Sweden.

The former U.S. Amateur champ has made nine of 14 cuts this season but has continually struggled to get anything going on the weekend. Back in January he posted 69-64 over the final 36 holes to take T6 in the Dubai Desert Classic but since then Ramsay hasn't shot a round in the 60s on either Saturday or Sunday. That's held him back and led to a string of finishes between 30th and 40th. He's 4-for-5 in this event and, by coincidence, has also failed to dig out a round in the 60s at the weekend. In fact he's never beaten 70 in any round in five visits so has a best of T24. On his last start (Porsche European Open in Germany) he ranked 1st for Scrambling and 18th on the All-Around when finishing T39 so perhaps there are some signs he's ready to spark into action.
Aug 14 - 11:32 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen is currently without his sticks, but he will hope to still make an impression in the Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden this week.

The Dane lies sixth in the Race to Dubai and high in the Ryder Cup rankings off the back of a summer of decent results. It started with victory in the Italian Open and since then he has had an on week always followed by an off. Take a look: 1-MC-2-MC-6-12-3-56. That kind of hints at him making the top ten again this week. More realistically, his third in the WGC Bridgestone Inivitational looks good in this company and in not contending at Bellerive (but pegging two 68s) he was not emotionally exhausted. Nonetheless, he has jetlag to deal with plus the current loss of those clubs in the netherworld of airport luggage backrooms. He was a winner in Sweden on the Challenge Tour and has twice finished T4 in the event, most recently last year.
Aug 14 - 7:37 AM

Andrea Pavan will play the Nordea Masters for a fourth time this week, but the first at Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden.

He's only 1-for-3 in the tournament with a best of T40, but there is every reason to expect better this time around. His form is the reason. He's 55th on the Race to Dubai, comfortably the most competent he has ever been on the European Tour. There have been ten top 30s throughout the season and the highlight was T3 in the Trophee Hassan II. His game is revealed by his Strokes Gain stats: 269th for Off the Tee, 113th Tee to Green, 95th for Around the Green, but 8th (1.129) for Approach the Green and 25th for Putting (0.645).
Aug 14 - 7:36 AM

Bradley Dredge will look look to maintain his fondness for August in this week's Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Welshman needs a good month because he is currently 125th on the Race to Dubai, a position explained by the stats: His work from off the greens is good and it's just as well. He's 46th for Scrambling and 45th for SG: Around the Green, but his others SG stats prove why it's so necessary: 224th Off the Tee, 139th Tee to Green, 131st Approach the Green and 90th Putting. In all, on both the Challenge and European Tours, Dredge has made 50 starts in August, with 13 top tens including one win and five second places. This will be his 16th tournament start; he has five top 25s with a best of T3 in 2005.
Aug 14 - 7:35 AM

Scott Jamieson needs a strong week at the Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Scot moved to the United States at the start of the season to be closer to his American wife's family and so far the added travel has been a bit of a struggle; he ranks 126th on the Race to Dubai. He's struggling with an inability to go low for any length of time: He keeps too many dropped shots off the card (40th for Bogeys), but ranks 124th for Stroke Average, 144th for Birdie Average and 194th for Eagle Average. He's 8-for-17, but more recently 4-for-12, however his T13 last time out in the European Open was a fourth top 20 for the year. This is a seventh tournament start and he is 3-for-6 but still seeking a first top ten. He's broken 70 just twice.
Aug 14 - 7:34 AM

Ashley Chesters will take his nuggetty game to this week's Nordea Masters at Hills GC in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The Englishman is 96th in the seasonal rankings and he is a player of whom it might be said that he knows how to score because analysis of his stats would make you wonder how he does it. His Strokes Gained ranks are 143rd Off the Tee, 107th Tee to Green, 75th Approach the Green, 176th Around the Green and 186th Putting. The stats that matter, however, are finishes and whilst he hasn't ripped anywhere up, he does plug away. T7 in the Shotclock Masters started a neat little midsummer run which continued with T63 in the BMW International Open, T21 in the Open de France and T14 in the Irish Open. Worse news is that he is 0-for-2 in Sweden.
Aug 14 - 7:33 AM

Nate Lashley is a pre-tournament withdraw (again), this time removing his name from the field at the Wyndham Championship.

Lashley was 8-for-17 during his rookie campaign before a knee injury sidelined him, following the St. Jude Classic. He returned six weeks later to miss the cut at the Pinnacle Bank Championship (Web.com Tour). More recently, he continued to rehab with a T10 at last week's Ellie Mae Classic. Lashley is currently in the field for this week's Portland Open down on the Web circuit. The late bloomer was a three-time champ on the Latinoamerica circuit in 2016 and won again last year, on the Web.com Tour. He possesses that "it factor" to piece together four rounds when he's in the zone, but he's not always the most consistent contender from a week-to-week basis.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 13 - 5:34 PM

Steve Marino continued his run of pre-tournament WDs as he backed out of the field on Monday morning for this week's Wyndham Championship.

Playing on a medical extension, Marino was 3-for-6 this season. A T26 at the Greenbrier was the highlight of the season. Gamers might have expected better after seeing a trio of top 10s during his rehab starts on the Web.com Tour. We should expect to see Marino in the fall or early next year with four starts remaining to earn 284.518 FedExCup Points (in order to fulfill the terms of his medical).
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 13 - 5:27 PM

Tim Herron has taken a pass on this week's Wyndham Championship, withdrawing from the event on Monday morning.

The Minnesota native has missed the cut in five straight events. He is 4-for-12 on the season to find himself 195th in the FedExCup standings. The 48-year-old hasn't posted a top 10 on TOUR since the 2006 Barracuda Championship (although he did impress with a T11 at Colonial this year). Herron is not a hot commodity in fantasy circles but gamers should remove him from any weekly lineups.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 13 - 5:24 PM

Prior to the start of the event, Charles Howell III has removed himself from the field at this week's Wyndham Championship.

CH3 currently sits at 46th in the FedExCup race. He is coming off a T71 at the PGA Championship and was originally committed to tee it up this week at Sedgefield Country Club. Historically, he is 6-for-8 at this event with a T4 in 2011 being the highlight. Gamers should remove him from all weekly lineups and expect to see him next week when the Playoffs begin.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Aug 13 - 5:12 PM

T.J. Vogel continues to be a Monday warrior, firing a 5-under-par 34-32=66 during today's open qualifier at Bermuda Run Country Club, earning a seat into the Wyndham Championship.

Vogel has now punched his Open Qualifying ticket for the eighth time this season. He is just 3-for-7 in those starts but it would be a fitting end if he finally got rewarded for his efforts during the last event of the regular season. The Florida Gator has earned 50.75 Non-Member FedExCup Points along the way. The 200th spot in the cutoff for qualifying into the Web.com Tour Finals. Rod Pampling currently holds that spot with 64.22 FEC Points. Vogel will need to pick up at least 15 points this week to have a chance but that number will also likely move by week's end. Others to punch their ticket through Monday Qualifying included Mickey DeMorat (-6), James Driscoll (-5), and Stewart Jolly (-5). NC State's Stephen Franken was the odd-man out of the 4-for-3 playoff.
Aug 13 - 5:09 PM



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