Local favourite Marcus Kinhult will make his first appearance on home soil at the Scandinavian Invitation at Hills Golf & Sports Club from August 22-25, since claiming his maiden European Tour title in May.
It will be a much-anticipated homecoming to Gothenburg after the 2017 European Challenge Tour graduate from Fiskebäckskil went on to claim the 2019 Betfred British Masters in stunning fashion.
The 22-year-old showed maturity beyond his years as he responded to back-to-back bogeys on the 15th and 16th holes of the final round by birdieing the final two holes to seal a memorable one-shot victory at Hillside Golf Club.
The Swede has already grabbed the golfing headlines in his home country when he became only the third amateur to lead a European Tour event at the halfway stage, opening with rounds of 68-67 at the same event in 2015, and is excited to be back home to tee it up for the fifth time in his national open.
“It’s massive and it is definitely one you want to perform well at. For every Swede, I think it’s a very special event and to win it, of course, would be incredible,” said Kinhult.
“I played in 2014 and 2015 as an amateur and I remember they were both really big weeks for me, getting an invite and being around the guys at the top of the game. In 2015 in particular, there was a lot of pressure at the weekend. It was all new to me at the time, but I definitely learnt a lot from that experience.
“The fans in Sweden are always so encouraging and appreciative. It does add a little pressure having a lot of home support, every time you look up you see a familiar face, but it always gives you a nice buzz knowing that everyone there is pulling for you to play well. It is a really cool atmosphere to be part of for the whole week.
“I'd been dreaming about it for such a long time and to get the win at the British Masters, it was just amazing in the end. I haven’t played my best golf this year, so, to win such a prestigious event was very special. The memories I have from Sunday are memories I will have for life.”
Tickets for the 2019 Scandinavian Invitation are on sale now here: www.scandinavianinvitation.se with concessions available for children aged 7 to 17 when accompanied by a ticket holding adult.
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