The European Tour sets its sights on Gothenburg, Sweden, this week for the first playing of the Scandinavian Invitation. To clarify, the event has been around since 1991 and was known previously as the Nordea Masters. It will play with a new name at the same Hills Golf and Sports Club where Paul Waring earned his first Euro Tour victory last year. Local notables Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren are at the top of the odds list at online sportsbooks, but the field is wide open with plenty of enticing matchup odds and picks to wager on. Visit BookMaker.eu when you’re ready to place your wager.
Scandinavian Invitation Matchup Odds at BookMaker.eu
Henrik Stenson -120 vs. Matthew Fitzpatrick -110
Erik Van Rooyen -118 vs. Alex Noren -112
Andrea Pavan -155 vs. Adri Arnaus +124
Thomas Detry -127 vs. Robert MacIntyre -103
Christiaan Bezuidenhout +122 vs. Joost Luiten -153
Jordan Smith +101 vs. Julian Suri -131
Romain Langasque -111 vs. Edoardo Molinari -119
Marcus Kinhult +128 vs. Andy Sullivan -161
Victor Dubuisson -116 vs. Aaron Rai -114
Alexander Levy -133 vs. Paul Waring +103
Benjamin Hebert -121 vs. Haydn Porteous -109
Tom Lewis -115 vs. Sam Horsfield -115
Lee Slattery +110 vs. Alexander Bjork -140
Lucas Herbert -116 vs. Gavin Green -114
Andrew Johnston -131 vs. Rikard Karlberg +101
Chris Paisley -117 vs. Matthew Southgate -113
Robert Karlsson -131 vs. Min Woo Lee +101
Maximilian Kieffer -126 vs. Victor Perez -104
Ashley Chesters -165 vs. David Lingmerth +131
Masahiro Kawamura +120 vs. Adrian Otaegui -150
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I had an even split with my four matchup picks last week, taking home a big winner with Lee Slattery at +123. With the PGA Tour season concluding I can turn my full attention to the Euro circuit to help everyone win some coin. Let’s take a hard look at this week’s tournament first. The field got its first look at Hills Golf and Sports Club last year and Paul Waring liked the view, finishing at -14 to win in a playoff. At around 6,900 yards Hills is a short course, but by no means is it easy. It’s nestled in the picturesque Sandsjobacka nature reserve and boasts plenty of trees, water hazards and rugged elevation changes to counter the lack of distance. Accuracy off the tee will be a telling stat with players given plenty of chances to go low as long as they hit ‘em straight. Originally constructed in 2005, the course has been redesigned several times, the last ahead of the 2018 playing with a reshaping of the greens.
Scandinavian Invitation Matchup Picks
Haydn Porteous -109 vs. Benjamin Hebert
It’s been a bumpy season for Porteous, but he’s calmed down lately and looks to build off an impressive showing here last year. The South African recently had a top-10 finish in a Sunshine Tour event and claimed his best finish on the Euro Tour this year with a T11 at the Czech Masters. It’s hard to overlook his play at Hills last year when he improved his score each round shooting 72-67-67-65 to tie for sixth. He has a tough matchup partner, but I like Porteous’ game.
Andrea Pavan -155 vs. Adri Arnaus
This is an interesting matchup between two players who, when on their game, are unstoppable. They were both near the top of the leaderboard last week with Arnaus taking second and Pavan two-shots back tied for third. As much as I’d like to go with Arnaus and his plus-odds, Pavan has been the better ball-striker while playing a more consistent game. Pavan had a strong finish in this event last year with a final round 64 to grab a share of sixth while Arnaus is making his debut.
Robert MacIntyre -103 vs. Thomas Detry
It’s not that I think MacIntyre is the better golfer rather he has several things going for him in this matchup. He hasn’t played a lot of golf recently, but he’s still basking in his T6 at The Open, his first major tournament. He played well last week but couldn’t come up with that low round to propel him up the leaderboard and finished T23 in Prague. He’s played a lot more than Detry, who starts for the first time in over a month, and that’s why I like MacIntyre.
Alex Noren -112 vs. Erik Van Rooyen
This is another matchup between two of the favorites and it could be a beauty to watch. Playing on home soil can do more harm than good, but not in the case of Noren, which is why I’m sticking with him in this head-to-head. He’s won his national open twice and has finished no worse than 15th in his last six starts at this event. Granted those were at a different venue, but recent form with a T11 at The Open and a T12 at the WGC St. Jude Invitational suggests he’s ready for a big week.
Robert Karlsson -131 vs. Min Woo Lee
Another player who performs well on home soil is Karlsson, who has eight top-10s at this event. He’s never won the tournament and he’s running out of time with the big 5-0 right around the corner. I’ll take him in this matchup, however. Karlsson was a respectable T17 here last year and was in contention at the Czech Masters before settling for T10, getting his game in order before a return to the Mother Land.
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