Starts: 9th June 2022
Course: Halmstad GC, Sweden
Par: 72 (36-36)
Length: 6,909 yards
2021 Champion: Jonathan Caldwell
Designer: Sundblom and Steele
Type of Course: Parkland
Used Since: First event
Water Hazards: On 4 holes
Par 5's: 2nd, 5th, 11th & 14th
Premium on: Accuracy
Significant Info To Be Aware Of
This event was meant to go ahead in 2020 but was cancelled and last year's competition was the first. It features 78 golfers from the European Tour alongside the same number from the Ladies European Tour (LET). There will only be one winner.
It is the first time we have seen this course on the DP World Tour. It has hosted events on the Challenge Tour and LET.
Continue to exercise caution in relation to Covid-19 related withdrawals.
The club hosted the Solheim Cup in 2007, the European Amateur Championship in 2011 and the European Amateur Team Championship in 2015. An article on the European Tour website from 2010 described the course as,
"The club, situated midway between Malmo and Gothenburg, was voted second behind Valderrama among the best courses in Continental Europe by Golf World magazine, and 16th in the World by Golf Digest. With such a pedigree, it is little wonder that the club, formed in 1930, has staged a number of top events, including the European Amateur Championship in 1985. It is also the headquarters of the Swedish PGA. Although situated just 300 metres from the sea, Halmstad is more parkland than links with every hole being tree-lined. The club has 36 holes but it is the par 72 North Course that will be used for the tournament. Measuring 6909 yards (6317 metres) it is the work of Rafael Sundblom and Donald Steel. The signature holes are the par four 12th and the short 16th. Both have water features while the green at the latter is bordered at the front and side by a stream."
The course website describes the North Course as,
"A real jewel that a true golfer never gets tired of. Beautifully and carefully laid out in the beautiful nature, Norra banan provides a nature experience at the same time as it is a real test for any golfer. Each hole is its own room among tall pines with the wind from the nearby sea as a constantly influencing factor."
The North Course is a magnificent design, inspiring and demanding in equal measures. A golf experience and a nature experience in one. The tangy sea air mixes with the lovely pine scent as you walk the long wooded corridors undisturbed by other players. This is the longer of the two courses, 6,317 metres (6,908 yards) from the black tee (championship tee), but also with more generously wide fairways and gently undulating greens where it is generally wise to read a little less break than you think."
A mixed forecast for the week with rain and wind expected to challenge the players.
Sunny intervals with moderate breeze. Wind 7-12mph.
Light rain throughout the day with a moderate breeze. Wind 8-14mph
Mixed showers and a moderate breeze. Wind 11-16mph
Mixed showers and a moderate breeze. Wind 9-15mph
N/A - There are no stats available for this course.
The 5th and 12th play as the two hardest holes on the scorecard.
All four Par 5's are reachable in two for most and will provide birdie opportunities.
The closing holes offer birdie opportunities.
Players We Almost Backed
NOTE - These are players who we shortlisted for this event but ultimately didn't advise to subscribers. If you want to find out who we did tip, you can subscribe using the link below.
Ingrid Lindblad 40/1
Promising amateur who was 11th as last weeks US Open. This is her home course and has plenty of experience of playing here. 3rd at last years Amateur competition at Augusta and European Amateur Champion.
Thriston Lawrence 45/1
Opened up with a 78 last week but was par or better for his final three rounds to finish 18th. Much improved since his win at the Joburg Open but price is a little on the skinny side.
Niklas Norgaard Moller 66/1
The big hitting Dane played Halmstad as part of the Danish team at the 2015 European Amateur Team Championship. He's finding his feet on the DP World Tour, having made four of his last 5 cuts. Tenth last week in Germany is a result to build upon and he was last man off our list this week.
Darren Fichardt 125/1
Darren has been consistent of late, 4 of his last 5 finishes have been top 40. He ranked 11th for SG Approach last week and 26th Driving Accuracy. He's a player who can go low when the putter gets hot and there's every reason to think he can get in the mix this week.
Marcel Siem 100/1
Marcel is a player who is always worth siding with when he's in form and full of confidence. Four of Marcel's 5 career wins have been preceded by an encouraging run of form and last week's 18th place finish has set him up nicely. He has a particularly poor record at the Porsche European Open (2 MC's, 60th and 54th) so last week's performance was even more notable.
Ashley Chesters 200/1
Two top 25s in his last 6 starts and stats were good last week despite a missed cut due to a poor opening round. An accurate driver with solid approach play, he could feature on the leaderboard come Sunday.
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