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Six girls within the prime 20 in Gothenburg as Girls European Tour participant Christine Wolf fires a bogey-free 64 to earn a share of the first-round lead with Sam Horsfield at the Scandinavian Mixed

Final Up to date: 10/06/21 6:21pm


Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson are co-hosts for the event

Sam Horsfield and Christine Wolf fired eight-under 64s to share the first-round lead at the Scandinavian Mixed in Gothenburg.

Wolf leads six girls within the prime 20 after day one of many inaugural version of the occasion at Vallda Golf and Nation Membership, with Felicity Johnson and Solheim Cup star Caroline Hedwall additionally flying excessive.

Henrik Stenson opened with a strong four-birdie 70, however fellow event host Annika Sorenstam discovered the going a bit of more durable in her first aggressive outing on dwelling soil for 13 years, though a one-over 73 was a creditable effort from the 50-year-old.

However Wolf was the star of the present within the first spherical, and the Austrian was already going properly at 4 below by 14 holes when she surged to the highest of the leaderboard with two additional birdies both aspect of an eagle at the sixteenth.

A par at 18 capped an inward 30 to finish a bogey-free opener, and she stated: “I began fairly properly and birdied the primary two par-fives that got here up and really hit it fairly shut on among the holes however did not make any putts on the entrance 9.

“Then, impulsively, I hit it shut and in direction of the tip the putter received actually sizzling. It was good! I have been hitting it rather well, particularly my drives, they’re down the center. I do know I can hit it actually laborious, and it is going to nonetheless keep straight. I am trusting my sport.

Christine Wolf fired a brilliant bogey-free 64

Christine Wolf fired an excellent bogey-free 64

“We love competing in opposition to the blokes, we have had a number of blended occasions at dwelling. It is simply enjoyable. At dwelling there’s a variety of guys I play in opposition to, and I actually like competing in opposition to them.”

Horsfield did his scoring on the entrance 9, making birdies at 5 of the primary seven holes earlier than cruising dwelling in 32, carding fours at every of the par-fives to affix Wolf on eight below.

“It was simply actually strong,” stated the Englishman, twice a winner on the European Tour’s UK Swing final August. “I have not actually been profiting from the par-fives this 12 months, in order that was my foremost aim. I hit each fairway and performed them in 4 below right this moment. That will get you going, 4 below proper there, toss in a pair extra and it is eight below.”

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Wolf and Horsfield have a one-shot lead over English pair Steven Brown and Ashley Chesters, who reeled off 5 consecutive birdies mid-round, whereas Kalle Samooja and Pep Angles additionally opened with 65s.

Johnson rebounded from a bogey at the primary with 4 birdies over the subsequent 5 holes and went on to fireplace a 66, whereas Hedwall and Lina Boqvist are the main dwelling gamers on 5 below par.

Stenson clearly relished enjoying alongside co-host Sorenstam and victorious Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, and he’s having fun with the event regardless of his sport being out of types.

Wolf shares the first-round lead with Sam Horsfield

Wolf shares the first-round lead with Sam Horsfield

“It was good to play with Thomas and Annika,” stated the previous Open champion, who has tumbled to 145th on the planet rankings having missed the lower in eight of his 12 begins in 2021.

“I do not suppose it was the prettiest spherical we might have put collectively between us, however we completed as associates and we reside to struggle one other day. That is most likely one of the best ways to explain the golf, nevertheless it was good enjoyable.

“My son had an excellent day yesterday with Henrik Larsson and Henrik Zetterberg within the pro-am. He carried out fairly properly so I’d give him a hoop now and get some ideas as my lengthy sport is struggling!”

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Sorenstam, who blended 4 birdies with 5 bogeys, added: “Typically it is not in regards to the rating, it is extra in regards to the environment, the folks you’re with and the environment. We couldn’t have requested for a greater day.

“It was good to lastly get on the market and play. I actually loved it. I used to be fairly happy with my sport from tee to inexperienced, and from there, not so happy. That is simply the best way it’s, however I believe general it has been an important day. Trying at the scores you’ll be able to see they’re fairly low so hopefully which means a variety of gamers are completely satisfied.”

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