Friday, 19 March 2010
The 138th Open Championship - Final Round  (Getty Images)
The 138th Open Championship - Final Round (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson leads the home challenge at the SAS Masters in Sweden on the longest course in The European Tour’s history.

The previous record holder was Torrey Pines, 7,643 yards for last year's US Open Championship. Barsebäck Golf & Country Club is 7,665 yards, with only one par four under 400 yards and the shortest of the par fives being 547 yards.

World Number Seven Stenson heads the field and the 33 year old will be a strong favourite playing at home after finishing only four behind Tom Watson and Stewart Cink at Turnberry.

On a tightly-bunched leaderboard that put Stenson joint 13th, it might have been a very different story had he not ended his third round with a double bogey six.

It was his only double bogey of the week and he was unable to make up the deficit on the final day.

Compatriot Peter Hanson, joint 24th on Sunday, is this week's defending champion, although it was in Stockholm that he took the title last August.

He is not unhappy at the move. "I live 20 minutes from the course and that makes it a little bit more special," he said.

"I love playing in front of the home crowd and I love Barsebäck - I finished second to Luke Donald there five years ago and I have also finished seventh and ninth there in the past.

"It is going to be tough to defend because this will be my sixth week in a row on Tour and there have been two Majors in that time, so I am a little tired.

"But I can take it very easy in the build-up. I know the course well, so hopefully I can take my energy from the crowd and go from there."

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1GONZALEZ, RicardoARG18-10
3HULDAHL, JeppeDEN18-6
T4HIGLEY, MarcusENG18-4
T4SMITH (AM), NathanUSA18-4
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