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England’s Matthew Fitzpatrick is the Nordea Master after claiming a three stroke victory over Denmark’s Lasse Jensen at Bro Hoff Slott GC in Stokholm, Sweden.
Matthew Fitzpatrick headed into the final day at Bro Hoff Slott with a five-shot advantage and while that lead was cut to two around the turn, he played some solid golf on the back nine to sign for a 71, get to 16 under, and hold off the challenge of Lasse Jensen and Nicolas Colsaerts.
Fitzpatrick started round four with an excellent par save and then extended his advantage to six with a birdie at the 2nd. But Colsaerts began to apply the pressure half way through the round. With an eagle on the 9th and a birdie on the 10th, he got to within two of the 21-year-old Englishman.
But the Belgian then stumbled with a bogey at the 12th and fell back further with a ball into the water from the tee on the 17th. In the end, Fitzpatrick was able to cruise home to pick up his second European Tour title, following his victory in the British Masters last season.
3 Talking points from the Nordea Masters
1 – For Fitzpatrick it was a second European Tour victory in his 51st European Tour Event. The win has greatly improved his chances of making Darren Clarke’s Ryder Cup team for Hazeltine. "It was a great final day for me and I managed to hold onto my lead fairly well and get the win," he said. "I'm a million miles ahead of schedule. It's been a tough past few weeks and all of a sudden you turn up and pick up a win."
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2 – By finishing one shot clear of Nicolas Colsaerts in second place, Denmark’s Lasse Jensen recorded his best European Tour result. There was further good news for the Dane as that finish earned him a place in the field for the Open Championship at Royal Troon in July. "It's a huge thing because it will be my first Major so for me to be in the Open Championship is pretty awesome," he said. "When I came down the 18th I could see that I had a chance of it and I grabbed it and it feels great.
3 – Belgium’s Nicolas Colsaerts continued his good run of results and, although he was disappointed to fall short of the victory, he’s pleased to be re-finding the sort of form that secured him two European Tour victories a few years back. "I'll just put it on the list of another good week where I don't really finish it off," he said. "I feel a bit sad over the last couple of holes, three-putting 16 and then we miscalculated a shot on 17. I really thought it was going to be fine but it's just gone back in the water and I made double… Apart from that I thought I played really well all week, I was in control of everything.”
Nordea Masters Bro Hof Slott GC, Stockholm, Sweden June 2-5 Purse €1,500,000, par 72
1 Matthew Fitzpatrick (Eng) 68 65 68 71 272 €250,000 2 Lasse Jensen (Den) 72 69 66 68 275 €166,660 3 Nicolas Colsaerts (Bel) 70 66 70 70 276 €93,900 T4 Bjorn Hellgren (Swe) 71 72 68 67 278 €69,300 T4 Henrik Stenson (Swe) 72 70 70 66 278 €69,300 6 Ross Fisher (Eng) 68 68 74 69 279 €52,500 7 Rikard Karlberg (Swe) 70 69 70 71 280 €45,000 T8 Rafa Jacquelin (Fra) 70 69 73 70 282 €35,550 T8 Lee Westwood (Eng) 68 71 72 71 282 €35,550
Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage
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