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Daniel Chopra is plotting his first competitive tour of Bro Hof Slott GC in this week's Nordea Masters.

The nomadic Chopra has racked up starts on the OneAsia, PGA, Asian, Japan, Australasian, Sunshine and European Tours since missing the cut in this tournament last year. He’s a mere 5-for-20 in that spell, with just the two top 40 finishes. All in all it doesn’t bode well for the 42-year-old two-time winner on the PGA Tour. If he needs inspiration it might come from his record in Sweden, but even that is grasping at straws. He’s 3-for-9 and yet when he had made the cut, he’s been at the sharp edge. He was T15 in the Scandinavian Masters back in 1997, contended a Challenge Tour event in 2001 and was T2 heading into the final round of the SAS Masters in 2008.
May 31 - 7:10 AM

Thomas Bjørn prepares to tee it up for second time around Bro Hof Slott GC at this week's Nordea Masters.

Named by Darren Clarke as one of his vice-captains for the Ryder Cup last week at Wentworth, Bjorn has a strong game in Sweden, going 9-for-9, with 7 of those being top 30. He may have finished top 5 just the once but he makes a compelling Fantasy case and that top five did come here at Bro Hof Slott GC in 2013, his only appearance on the course and he finished the week ranked 4th for his All Round game. More recently he is dealing with on-going back problems, which caused him to miss a chunk of the season following the Desert Swing. He returned to post T19 at Valderrama, miss the cut at The K Club and then bounce back pretty smartly from a poor first round at Wentworth. That 75 left him languishing in T101 before he finished 70-75-72 to end the week T52.
May 31 - 7:06 AM

Oliver Wilson pegs it up in the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott GC with a full week of golf his top priority.

Twice a top ten finisher in Sweden during his Challenge Tour days, Wilson has had less success on the main tour, going 3-for-5 and never once ending an event inside the top 40. In recent times his worldwide form is no better - indeed since his shock victory in the 2014 Dunhil Links Championship he hasn’t once finished inside the top 30 on the European Tour. Worse yet he is currently staring down a run of eight lost weekends. His Greens in Regulation stats are particularly ugly: 39% in Thailand, 36% at Valderrama, 44% at The K Club. Just one reason he hasn’t broken 74 in his last 11 rounds.
May 31 - 7:02 AM

Ranked 86th on the Race to Dubai, Kristoffer Broberg needs a strong week soon as he heads to the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott GC.

Since clinching his breakthrough victory at the BMW Masters at the end of last season Broberg has struggled and he cut a pretty disconsolate figure on the range at Wentworth last week late on Thursday, practising a host of enigmatic shots prior to missing the cut next day. He’s made the top 20 twice this season (T20 at the Qatar Masters and T15 in the Maybank Malaysia Championship), but the trend is for struggles to make the weekend and then struggles to impose himself if he does. His short game has shone at times - he’s ranked top 7 for Total Putting four times this year - but he hasn’t once ranked top 30 for Ball Striking. He’s 2-for-3 at the course, finishing T29-T30 when making the weekend, and was T13 in the event last year at PGA National.
May 31 - 6:54 AM

Matteo Manassero checks into the Nordea Masters at Bro Hof Slott GC, hoping for the good vibes of 3 years ago to rub off.

After leaving Wentworth this time last year the Italian endured a run of 0-for-16 that was finally broken at the Dubai Desert Classic in January, since when he has continued to miss far too many weekends, but has managed to post top 25 finishes at the Shenzhen International and Trophee Hassan II. Another missed cut last week on a course he has previously won on does not provide good omens. In fact his win in the 2013 BMW PGA Championship prompted him to beef up his long game, a move which led to the problems. Anecdotally, observers in Italian golf say he is making strides this year, but has had problems on the greens. The stats say he’s hit over 70% of greens in regulation in 8 of his last 10 starts, but regularly needs well over 30 putts a round. The only crumb of comfort for Manassero is memories of finishing T4 on this course three years ago.
May 31 - 6:50 AM

Prior to the start of the event, Ian Poulter has backed out of this week's Memorial, he will be replaced in the field by Jason Gore.

There was no injury cited from Poulter, but he was prepping for his fifth straight week of play. Over that stretch his best finish was a T57 at THE PLAYERS. His lone top 40 of the season came at the Puerto Rico Open against a watered-down field. Being a Ryder Cup year, the Englishman is trying to find anything to build on. Unfortunately, his form continues to simmer as he searches for a spark. Replacing him in the field is Jason Gore, who owns a 1-for-4 record at Muirfield Village Golf Club, a T15 back in 2007.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 30 - 8:53 PM

Justin Rose has withdrawn from this week's Memorial, citing the back injury that has kept him sidelined since THE PLAYERS.

The Englishman had to pull out of last week's BMW PGA Championship, an event he considers a home game, so we knew this injury was a bit serious. He did fly back to England to provide commentary for Sky Sports on Sunday, but he's not feeling up to a return to golf quite yet. While this injury is nothing to ignore, Rose is likely playing it safe for the moment, so he can return in full health ahead of the three remaining majors this season.
May 30 - 11:31 AM

Colonial Country Club member Ryan Palmer pieced together a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in today's final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 13-under 267, down one place into a two-way T3, four back of 54-hole leader and eventual champ Jordan Spieth.

The was the Texan's 13th consecutive appearance and third top 10, joining a pair of T5s in 2014 and 2012. He was chasing his fourth TOUR title in his 332nd career start and first since the 2010 Sony Open. The 39-year-old began the final round in a two-way T2 on 11-under, one back of Spieth, after opening in 66-67-66. He reached the break on 13-under total following a three-birdie one-bogey first half, one back of then-leader Harris English, who was one group ahead in the penultimate threesome. Palmer exchanged bogey at 14 with a closing-birdie at the 18th (from 24 inches) while Spieth raced by everyone with an inward 30. His T3 is a season best in 15 events and second top 10 (T4, Valero).
May 29 - 7:46 PM

Webb Simpson rallied for a 2-under-par 36-32=68 in today's final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to conclude his third appearance on 13-under 267, down one spot into a two-way T3, four back of champion Jordan Spieth.

This was the 30-year-old's first start since welcoming his fourth child on May 10th and first appearance at Colonial CC since back-to-back missed cuts in 2009-10. He co-led after 36 holes with 65-67 and began the finale in a two-way T2 on 11-under, one shy of Spieth. Playing out of the final threesome, he bobbed and weaved to a two-birdie three-bogey 36 and dropped to tied-sixth at the break. Simpson righted the ship from there, coming home in bogey-free 3-under, circling the 11th from 11'2" and back-to-backs on 16 and 17, both from inside of seven feet. This is his first top 10 of the season in 11 starts and first since T6 at the Wyndham in his home state last August.
May 29 - 7:33 PM

Kyle Reifers finished off his fifth DEAN & DELUCA Invitational with a 2-under-par 33-35=68 and a 72-hole aggregate of 12-under 268, down one place to solo fifth, a personal best at Colonial CC, supplanting T13 in 2012.

The 32-year-old began the final round in a three-way T4 on 10-under, two back of 54-hole leader and eventual champ Jordan Spieth. He circled four, including three straight on the Horrible Horseshoe (holes 3-5), to outpace bogeys on two and 18. The lost shot at the last dropped him out of a would-be three-way T3. For the week, Reifers circled 19 birdies against seven bogeys and was No. 1 in greens in regulation at 81.94 percent (59/72), 15 in the finale. This was his fourth top 10 of the season (22 starts) and second straight, as well as a season best.
May 29 - 7:22 PM

Jason Dufner patched together an even-par 36-34=70 in today's final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational for a four-day total of 9-under 271, up one into a four-way T6, eight back of champion and 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

This was the 39-year-old's eighth appearance and third top 10 joining runner-up finishes in 2014 (playoff) and 2012. He began the final frame on 9-under in solo seventh, three shy of Spieth. The Ohioan landed eight (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation for 2.143 SGTTG. He circled just three for a pedestrian 1.800 putts per GIR and a disappointing -2.029 in SGP. Dufner squared the fifth, sixth and 15th all on failed scrambles. He settles for his fourth top 10 of the season on 18 starts and first since his playoff win at the CareerBuilder back in January.
May 29 - 6:59 PM

Sponsor invite Martin Piller backed up with a 1-over-par 37-34=71 in the final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 9-under 271, down two into a four-way T6, a distant eight in arrears to champion and fellow Texan Jordan Spieth.

This was the 30-year-old's tourney debut and he co-led after 36 holes with a pair of 66s. He chased with a hard-fought 68 to begin the final frame on 10-under (T4), two back of Spieth. The Web.com Tour was chasing his maiden TOUR title in his 39th career start and had posted a career-best T4 at the Valero five weeks ago. He wrapped up with five bogeys overshadowing four birdies but nets his second top 10 of the season in 14 starts.
May 29 - 6:47 PM

Harris English hung up a 4-under-par 32-34=66 in the final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational for a 72-hole tally of 14-under 266, up two spots to solo second, three shy of champion and 54-hole leader Jordan Spieth.

Playing out of the penultimate threesome, the 26-year-old began the finale on 10-under (T4) after opening his fourth DDI in 67-69-64, two back of Spieth. He raced out with a hole-out eagle at the par-5 first from 83 yards away and added back-to-back birdies on holes 7 and 8. The Georgian "saved" bogey-5 on the ninth from 8'4" after putting his second into the water to turn 2-under. He reached 14-under total after birdie at the 10th and at that point, led by one over two players and by two over Spieth. English birdied the 11th before squaring the 12th (failed sand save) and then mustered six straight pars to close while Spieth raced by with an inward 30. It's still a season best in his 18th event and second career runner-up in his 128th start.
May 29 - 6:34 PM

Overnight leader Jordan Spieth rallied for a 5-under-par 35-30=65 in today's final round of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational to post 17-under 263, good for a three-shot win over runner-up Harris English, and his eighth PGA TOUR title in his 95th career start.

The Texan claims his second title of the season in his 12th event and first since the 2016 Hyundai TOC in January, where he also was the 54-hole leader. He was part of a three-way T2 here last year in his third appearance, and returned to finish the job, winning in his home state for the first time on TOUR. The 22-year-old began the finale with a one-shot lead over two players. He opened with nine consecutive pars, highlighted by a 32'2" par-saver at the eighth, and trailed English by two at the break. Spieth came home in six-birdie one-bogey 30, including three straight on Nos. 10-12, and three consecutive to finish, culminating with a pitch-in birdie on the 71st hole and a walk-off birdie-3 from 34'0".
May 29 - 6:05 PM

Matt Kuchar orchestrated a 2-under-par 33-35=68 on Day 4 of the DEAN & DELUCA Invitational for a 72-hole total of 9-under 271, up three on the live leaderboard to T6.

The 37-year-old entered the week with three top 10s in his last four starts, including T3 at THE PLAYERS and solo third last week at the Nelson. He's leaving Colonial CC with another top 10 for three straight and sixth overall in 15 starts on the season. Kuchar began the final round on 7-under (T9) after opening his ninth appearance with 73-67 and a week-tying-low 63. He was 3-under on his lap thru 10 holes after back-to-back birdies on nine and 10, but stalled out from there, playing his final eight holes in birdie-less 1-over.
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