Sunday, 15 November 2015
 Kristoffer Broberg   (Getty Images)
Kristoffer Broberg (Getty Images)

The Swedes have a long and illustrious history on The European Tour and on Sunday at Lake Malaren Golf Club, Kristoffer Broberg wrote his own chapter of their story.

The 29 year old overcame Patrick Reed in a play-off to win the BMW Masters to not only become the 30th Swedish champion but also hand the Scandinavian nation its 100th win in a European Tour event.

That those 100 wins have come in a spell of just 30 seasons shows how consistent the quality of Swedish players has been since Ove Sellberg made the breakthrough at the 1986 Epson Grand of Europe.

It was 12 months before another Swedish win came along in the same Match Play event as Mats Lanner lifted the trophy and, although no victory would come in 1988, there has since been a Swedish winner in each of the last 27 seasons.

Sellberg and Lanner went on to claim a further two wins each and the 28 Swedish men who have followed in their footsteps and tasted glory on The European Tour are some of golf's most prestigious names.

Henrik Stenson finished just a shot behind Broberg in Shanghai and in recent years he has won nine titles including the last two stagings of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

His win in 2013 helped him to claim the Race to Dubai title, becoming the second Swede to finish as Europe's Number One after Robert Karlsson.

Karlsson, Sweden's most succesful player with 11 Tour wins, won the Order of Merit in 2008 and two years later won the season finale in Dubai, meaning a Swede has won three of the six events on the Earth Course.

But it is not just their personal glories that have lit up the Tour in recent years - Sweden has also provided nine Ryder Cup players since 1993.

Joakim Haegmann was the first and then came Per-Ulrik Johansson, Jesper Parnevik, Jarmo Sandelin, Niclas Fasth, Pierre Fulke, Karlsson, Stenson and Peter Hanson.

In 2002, Parnevik, Fasth and Fulke were all on Sam Torrance's team as Europe claimed the trophy back with a 15.5 - 12.5 victory at the Belfry.

So whether it be in team events or battling it out for personal glory, the seventh most successful country in European Tour history continues to make its mark in the world of golf.

And with Stenson and Broberg leading the charge, a first Major Championship may soon find its way to Swedish shores.

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1BROBERG, KristofferSWE18-17
2REED, PatrickUSA18-17
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-16
T3AN, Byeong HunKOR18-16
T3JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-16

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