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Tuesday, 20 August 2019
Henrik Stenson  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)

Henrik Stenson insists he is putting no pressure on himself as he looks for a first European Tour win on home soil at the Scandinavian Invitation.

The Swede won the Gula Sidorna Grand Prix in 2000 en route to finishing top of the European Challenge Tour Rankings but all of his 11 European Tour wins have come outside of his home country.

Those victories include an Open Championship and two DP World Tour Championships, Dubai but after finishing second in this event twice under different guises, Stenson would love to win in front of his home fans at Hills Golf & Sports Club.

"It would be a nice thing for sure," he said. "We've got to play some really good golf for the next four days if we're going to have a chance but we'll see. Take each day as it comes, I feel like I'm going to try and enjoy myself this week. 

"It was great appreciation from the crowds a few years ago so we'll try to ride on that and see if we can produce a few birdies along the way.

"It's always fun to come back home and play. We're looking forward to the week. There's a lot of familiar faces, it feels a bit like a class reunion for me coming back home so it's going to be a fun week.

"We always manage to get good crowds at this event over the years. I'm excited to be back. It's fun to be back home and playing in front of the Swedish crowds."

Through his foundation, Stenson has been a supporter of disabled golf, introducing two annual scholarships and hosting the Handicamp, a training camp for disabled golfers.

This week he will be meeting up with Joakim Björkman - one of Sweden's top disabled golfers who played in the inaugural EDGA Scottish Open last month - and Stenson is delighted to continue to give his support to the disabled game. 

"I got to know a lot of the Swedish players personally and they're a lot of fun to be around and they're great golfers as well," he said. "Joakim has got some really good game and it was fun to see him in Scotland and spend a bit of time with him there, it's great to see him play and practise and he's a fun guy to be around."

Marcus Kinhult is another home favourite who will be teeing it up this week and he is glad to be back in action for the first time since the Aberdeen Standard Investments Scottish Open.

“It’s nice to be in Sweden and back on home soil," he said. "I’ve had a five week break so we will see how the game feels. I’ve done some practice and played at my home club but I haven’t played any tournaments for a while. I’m feeling good. My body is in good shape and my mind is too.

“I know there will be some familiar faces in the crowd. That is always nice because it only happens once every year, so it’s special and I am really looking forward to Thursday.

“The course has changed a lot lately but I think it is getting better every year. The greens are in great condition and hopefully the weather will be alright this week.”

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Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-19
2FITZPATRICK, MatthewENG18-18
T3STENSON, HenrikSWE18-14
T3BURMESTER, DeanRSA18-14
T5SODERBERG, SebastianSWE18-13
T5KIM, SihwanUSA18-13

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