The DP World Tour continues this week with the Scandinavian Mixed from Sweden, where several Ryder Cup hopefuls will be looking to push their claims for a place on Team Europe.
|Where||Ullna Golf and Country Club, Stockholm, Sweden|
|When||From 06:30, Thursday 8th June 2023|
|How to watch||bet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf|
|Odds||Alex Noren 14/1, Linn Grant 16/1, Alexander Bjork 18/1, Robert MacIntyre 22/1, Antoine Rozner 25/1|
The Scandinavian Mixed event in Sweden is a fascinating puzzle for punters to solve.
This is the third Scandinavian Mixed and the format remains the same - 78 men and 78 women forming a field of 156. Men's tees and women's tees will be used, designed to level the playing field, allowing all players to compete against each other.
Linn Grant won the tournament by nine shots last year, giving the impression that the women have a significant advantage from the forward tees, but a deeper dive in last year's leaderboard shows the opposite. Grant was the only woman to finish in the top 14.
In the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed two years ago, only two women finished in the top 17, so the male entrants have had the edge over the first two editions of the event. Whether that changes this year is the conundrum facing the betting community.
It seems that the DP World Tour have reacted to the comfortable Grant success by making life even tougher for the women, with a total of only 752 yards between the two sets of tees.
The men are playing off 6,819, with the women off 6,067. There were 969 yards between the two sets of tees when Grant won at Halmstad Golf Club last year.
Grant is 16/1 to retain her title. She is the world number 21 and seems by far the most likely woman to get into contention this year.
The Swede knows she can defeat the men in this competition and she enjoys enormous support in her home country.
Madelene Sagstrom is another talented Swedish woman who will be expecting to get into the mix. She is 25/1 for outright glory.
Most punters will probably be angling towards the men, given that Grant has been the only woman to make a serious impact on the leaderboard in the previous two editions.
Alex Noren is the highest-ranked male in the field. The Swede, a PGA Tour regular based in Florida, is the world number 64 and can be backed at 14/1 for victory this time.
He tied for 52nd place in the Memorial Tournament on the PGA Tour last week.
He has missed four of his last six cuts in the States, so will be hoping the downgrade to the DP World Tour will result in a change of fortunes.
The first five places are available for the Scandinavian Mixed for each-way terms of a quarter the odds. There are also alternative options, like a fifth the odds for the first eight places, in the Each Way Extra section.
Ullna Golf and Country Club, Stockholm, Sweden, is an old layout which was given a 2013 redesign by Jack Nicklaus. The men will play a yardage of 6,819 this week, while the women play a yardage of 6,067.
There are four par-fives, ten par-fours and four par-threes. The field of 156 will be cut to the top 65 and ties for round three.
Six holes at Ullna run directly along the shore of Lake Ullna and sunny, calm, pleasant weather is expected
Consistent Swede Alexander Bjork has been a popular 18/1 chance. The local man has posted three top-fives on the DPWT this year and was sixth in the European Open on Sunday.
Ullna seems an ideal lay-out for Bjork to turn a good season into a winning one.
Another Swede with title aspirations will be Marcus Kinhult, who has been in solid form on the DPWT and can be backed at 35/1 for an assignment which looks perfect for him.
Punters seeking bigger prices may be tempted by the 100/1 price for former Masters runner-up Jonas Blixt.
The 39-year-old has been showing glimpses of his old magic and should take a shine to Ullna.