The Nordea Masters is always a tasty event on the European Tour and this year will be no different as the tournament heads back to the picturesque Bro Hof Slott in Stockholm. The venue has usually favoured the bigger hitters as the course meanders through the lakes that weave their way throughout the course. There's no doubting though that the course is a bit of a stretch and those who can hit the ball far will benefit. Shorter hitters cannot be ruled out though. I think the course is very similar in length and set-up to Lake Malaren in Shanghai, the scene of the BMW Masters the last few years. Form could translate from that course onto here and I'll be keeping that in mind when making my selections.

Henrik Stenson heads the field at a top price of 15/2 and I'm really torn whether or not to invest in him. He really does not have an awful lot to beat this week and should he arrive in any form whatsoever he could hose up. A missed cut at Sawgrass was his last outing, but it's hard to put much weight on that as it was a tough week. Previous to his missed cut at Quail Hollow he had a host of solid results. I do think 15/2 is a value price, but given that his last win came over 18 months ago I'm prepared to let it go. I wouldn't put anyone off backing him should he get off to a fast start.

Lee Westwood is showing a fair bit of form lately and comes to an event which he thrives on. He has won on this course before and will no doubt be a force over the weekend. His short game has improved down the year but he still misses a fair amount of putts inside 10 feet and for that reason I find the 12/1 hard to pile into. There is better value lying elsewhere.

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The best betting proposition of the week comes in the shape of Peter Hanson. The rejuvenation of this man's career has been underway now for the guts of a year and a win at his home event would just about cement his place back on the tour as one of the top players. He was right in contention at Wentworth going into day four before faltering on quite a difficult day. A missed cut in Ireland is not too much of a worry as the course is a bight tight for him. At Bro Hof Slott he can open those broad shoulders and give it a mighty clip. Prior to that he has no missed cuts in ten, and six top 20 finishes in that time frame. It has been a long road to come back to this sort of form for the Swede.

Another reason for supporting Peter this week is that he has won at Lake Malaren and contended another year so everything points towards a big performance at this course. I tissued up a top price of 25/1, so anything bigger is worth taking, especially the 35/1 currently available.
Peter Hanson - 2pt e/w @ 35/1Lost -4pt
Rikard Karlberg finished 4th here in 2013 and arrives this week as one of the most in form players in the field. His last five events read 25-8-21-10-2. A second placed finish last week was excellent and I was annoyed with myself that I hadn't backed the lad. The tree lined course he won on in Italy last year is similar in many ways to Wentworth and although he made my short list last week I made the very poor decision of letting him go unbacked. Although this course is a lot different he has form here and must hold every chance with confidence brimming. He is becoming a more classy operator as time goes on and that is reflected in his price this week. The top price of 30/1 has just disappeared but the 28s on offer is still fair.
Rikard Karlberg - 1.5pt e/w @ 28/1Lost -3pt
With six out of the last nine runnings of this event going to a Scandinavian I certainly want to have plenty on my side and there's no doubting that despite some poor form of late Kristoffer Broberg is a shade overpriced to content in this event. Again, I'm going out on a limb here a shade but I believe his win around Lake Malaren should be advantageous. He has finished inside the top 30 here on two of three visits to Bro Hof Slott and those were when he was least experienced. Granted he is in poor form lately but a return to his home event should spur him on and I rate anything above 100/1 a shade of value.
Kristoffer Broberg - 0.75pt e/w @ 150/1Lost -1.5pt
Romain Wattel is somebody I have steered well clear of in the last twelve months but there comes a time to invest in someone despite the hopes of winning being a tad forlorn. Romain posted a tie for 4th at Wentworth last week which to this date rates his highest pay day since he joined the tour. It once again showed he can play some of his best golf on the tree lined courses. He can also bomb the ball a long way and this venue should suit his game also. He will be high on confidence following last week and with two top 30 finishes posted here he could well be a contender.
Romain Wattel - 0.75pt e/w @ 55/1Lost -1.5pt