Christine Wolf and Sam Horsfield share first-round lead at Scandinavian Blended

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

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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 on the Scandinavian Blended 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 somewhat harder in her first aggressive outing on house 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 nicely at 4 below by way of 14 holes when she surged to the highest of the leaderboard with two additional birdies both facet of an eagle on the sixteenth.

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

“Then, swiftly, I hit it shut and in the direction of the top the putter acquired actually scorching. 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 arduous, and it’ll nonetheless keep straight. I am trusting my sport.

Christine Wolf fired a brilliant bogey-free 64

Christine Wolf fired a superb bogey-free 64

“We love competing towards the blokes, we have had just a few combined occasions at house. It is simply enjoyable. At house there’s a number of guys I play towards, and I actually like competing towards them.”

Horsfield did his scoring on the entrance 9, making birdies at 5 of the primary seven holes earlier than cruising house in 32, carding fours at every of the par-fives to hitch 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 never actually been making the most of the par-fives this yr, in order that was my important objective. I hit each fairway and performed them in 4 below at this time. 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 on the first with 4 birdies over the following 5 holes and went on to fireplace a 66, whereas Hedwall and Lina Boqvist are the main house gamers on 5 below par.

Stenson clearly relished taking part in 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 this planet rankings having missed the reduce in eight of his 12 begins in 2021.

“I do not assume it was the prettiest spherical we may have put collectively between us, however we completed as mates and we dwell to battle one other day. That is in all probability the easiest way to explain the golf, however 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 nicely so I’d give him a hoop now and get some ideas as my lengthy sport is struggling!”

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Sorenstam, who combined 4 birdies with 5 bogeys, added: “Generally it isn’t concerning the rating, it is extra concerning the environment, the individuals 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 total it has been a terrific day. Trying on the scores you may see they’re fairly low so hopefully meaning a number of gamers are completely satisfied.”

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