Preview of the Nordea Masters

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Updated: July 21, 2011

The European tour will play the Nordea Masters on Thursday, a week before some of the most illustrious names in golf travel to Killarney for the Irish Open.

More commonly known as the Scandinavian Masters, this is the 21st year that the tournament has been staged and it returns to the Bro Hof Slott Golf Club in Stockholm for the second consecutive season.

Damien McGrane is the leading Irish golfers taking to the course in Sweden with a 250,000 euro cheque on offer for the winner. McGrane was forced to watch on as Darren Clarke lift the famous British Open trophy on Sunday having failed to qualify for Sandwich.

McGrane will be hoping that he can carry the form that saw him recover from a poor opening 18 hole to finish in a tie for 42nd with a very respectable 9-under par at the Scottish Open

While McGrane’s opening day was nothing to write home about, shooting a 73 but he followed that up with two consecutive 67’s and will surely be looking to take some encouragement from his last 36 holes.

Last year provided a home winner, with Richard S Johnson holing a 30ft birdie putt to become only the second Swede to land the title in the last 12 years, following Jesper Parnevik’s victory in 1998 and Robert Karlsson will be hoping he can emulate Johnson when he tees off on Thursday

Karlsson is ranked 19th in the world rankings and participated in the British Open over the weekend, finishing tied for tied for 94 on 6-over par.

Likewise his compatriot Fredrik Jacobson will also be hoping for a strong performance in front of his home fans’ and he fared better than Karlsson in the bad weather at Royal St George’s and tied for 16th on 5-over par with the likes of Zach Johnson and Masters champion Charl Schwartzel.

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