Hosts Henrik Stenson and Annika Sörenstam lead the Swedish cost on residence soil at this week’s Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Blended.
Final yr’s event noticed Sörenstam tee it up in Sweden for the primary time in 13 years and since then she went on to win the 2021 U.S. Senior Ladies’s Open, whereas Stenson has not too long ago been named captain of Workforce Europe forward of subsequent yr’s Ryder Cup in Italy.
There are 31 Swedes within the area, however it’s the event hosts who’re wanting ahead to having crowds on the occasion – after final yr’s spectator gallery was restricted as a result of pandemic.
“It’s nice to be again residence taking part in in Sweden and the solar is out, hopefully massive crowds,” stated Stenson. “That may be the one massive distinction that we actually missed final yr on the first occasion.
“We couldn’t have crowds as a result of pandemic, so actually wanting ahead to taking part in in entrance of the Swedish crowds once more. It was successful final yr and we had numerous enjoyable, so I’m excited to get going once more for the second time.”
The Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Blended is a co-sanctioned occasion between the LET and DP World Tour and it sees 78 males and 78 ladies taking part in for a similar prize fund of US $2 million and one trophy.
And Sörenstam, who performed finally week’s U.S. Ladies’s Open, is delighted to be again at Halmstad Golf Membership, which hosted the 2007 Solheim Cup.
“I’m tremendous excited to be right here, this is without doubt one of the nicest locations in Sweden and Halmstad Golf Membership has been internet hosting some massive championships all through the years,” she stated.
“To be right here for the Volvo Automobile Scandinavian Blended is a giant deal and to be right here internet hosting with Henrik, and this yr we get to have some followers, so we’re able to celebration.
“It’s a lovely setting, and it’s all about precision right here, particularly off the tee it will possibly get a bit slender, however the course is in nice form.
“After we performed the Solheim Cup right here in 2007 it was within the fall, we had rain and wind and it was freezing so I hope for various circumstances, extra summer season circumstances, however it’s a type of programs the place you play properly it’s fairly honest, so I feel the scoring will likely be fairly good except we see some wind and rain.
“It’s nice to be right here. Clearly, this can be a powerful competitors, a few of the finest European gamers on the boys’s and ladies’s facet however I really feel fairly good about my recreation. I simply wish to have an excellent time, play the very best I can and be an excellent hostess.”
Stenson is taking part in alongside Peter Hanson, who’s competing in his ultimate occasion, and 2022 Race to Costa del Sol chief Maja Stark and the 22-year-old is worked up to tee it up alongside an icon of the sport.
“I wouldn’t say I do know Henrik, I talked to him final yr as a result of I used to be all the time taking part in within the group both behind or in entrance of him. I’m very excited, he’s identified for being humorous so I’m wanting ahead to that,” the three-time LET winner defined.
Whereas one other younger Swedish star Linn Grant, who has received twice on the LET in 2022, will play alongside Sörenstam.
“I suppose it will likely be fairly scary really,” Grant stated. “I’ve by no means seen her play and by no means performed together with her earlier than, I’ve met her a few occasions. It will likely be attention-grabbing and I’m positive there will likely be lots of people watching.”
Ryder Cup star Alex Noren has two worldwide high tens to date this season and is hoping a robust residence contingent can raise the crowds and encourage him to a 3rd DP World Tour title on residence soil.
“I hope it will likely be an excellent ambiance,” he stated. “There are numerous Swedes to root for and that’s the enjoyable factor. You recognize at some Majors we aren’t many however right here you could have so much.
“It has been good. It’s powerful to win and there are numerous good gamers. You recognize the possibilities I’ve had I’ve fallen a bit quick, there may be all the time any individual, but when I can tidy just a few issues up and get the boldness again… I feel confidence is a large factor.
“When you have confidence you’ll be able to play with something, should you don’t have the boldness it’s powerful, so I’m kind of attempting to repair just a few issues to get my confidence going.”
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