Golf: Scandinavian Mixed Bet Preview
Venue: Vallda Golf Club, Sweden.
Dates: Thursday 10th – Sunday 13th June 2021
A ground breaking event on the European Tour gets underway in Sweden, with men and women competing together at the Scandinavian Mixed. The event had been scheduled for 2020, which was curtailed due to the COVID 19 pandemic, but it is back on the calendar with a bang in 2021 and promises to be a moment of golfing history, Hosted by legends of the game Henrik Stenson and Annika Sorenstam, the event sees men and women competing side by side, with 1 million euros in the prize pot.
With some of the best male and female players on the European Tour in action, it promises to be a hotly contested weekend on the Scandinavian coast: –
Englishman Sam Horsfield was in fine form in 2020, winning three events on the European Tour and he looks set to be the player to catch from the outset here in Sweden.
Dutchman Joost Luiten is a serial winner on the European Tour, and he will be doing all he can to fire himself up the rankings here with a strong week.
Home favourite Alexander Bjork hasn’t missed a cut since April and looks to be finding his best form, making him a serious candidate in familiar conditions this week.
Young Swede Maja Stark looks to have the world at her feet in terms of European Golf and how she would love to make a statement victory in front of her home following here.
Thai teen sensation Atthaya Thitikul has been tipped for the top for a few years and despite only being 18 years old, she looks to have a game capable of winning any event she plays in.
1st Round Leader
Producing the goods over 72 holes is often the most difficult thing for any golfer to do therefore here are our first round leader picks:-
Kiwi Ryan Fox has become a stellar name on the European Tour and with a steady game, well suited to the course at Vallda, he is a real candidate to lead from the off here.
Following a superb amateur career, Emily K Pedersen has long been tipped for the top and the 25 year old Dane looks well placed to compete from the off here at Vallda.
Swede Henrik Stenson has struggled to find his best form over the past 18 months, but his game is as good as any on his day, and he could relish being the tournament host this weekend.
Top Ten Finish
It promises to be a fascinating week in Sweden and there are plenty of candidates to finish in the top 10 come Sunday afternoon:-
Welshman Jamie Donaldson is still very much a man to beat on the European Tour and he has a habit of making cuts and finishing events strongly.
Following a solid event in Germany last weekend, Ashun Wu looks to be a man in form on the European Tour and could sneak under the radar this week.
Homegrown talent Linn Grant will be very familiar with playing conditions here on the Swedish coast and at the age of just 21, she looks to have a bright future ahead of her.
Scandinavian Mixed BetXChange Best Bets:
Outright Winner: Sam Horsfield – 14.00