2022 Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik & Annika Preview
HOME favourites Alex Noren, Linn Grant and Ingrid Lindblad will join defending champion Jonathan Caldwell at the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed Hosted by Henrik and Annika at Halmstad Golf Club from June 9-12.
The DP World Tour and Ladies European Tour co-sanction the tournament, which features a field of 78 men and 78 women playing for one prize fund and one trophy - reinforcing golf’s ability to be a diverse and inclusive sport and is hosted by Swedish golf legends Annika Sorenstam and Henrik Stenson.
Noren, a ten-time DP World Tour winner, will return to Sweden for the first time since 2019 and having claimed two career victories on home soil in 2011 and 2015, the 39-year-old is looking forward to experiencing the tournament format when he tees it up alongside LET members.
He will be optimistic about his chances, having enjoyed something of a resurgence on the PGA Tour this season, finishing sixth at the Phoenix Open and fifth at the Honda Classic.
“I have so many wonderful memories from playing in Sweden over the years and I’m excited to play in front of home fans once again,” said Noren. “Halmstad is a fantastic golf course, Henrik and Annika are amazing tournament hosts, and the fact that men and women are competing against each other adds another dimension to an already exciting event. It’s going to be a great week.”
Linblad is certain to attract much attention after the 65 she shot in the first round of the US Women’s Open last week - the lowest score ever recorded by an amateur. She played the opening two rounds with Sorenstam, who spoke highly of the young prospect afterwards.
Grant, who is currently second in the Race to Costa del Sol - the Ladies European Tour’s season-long Rankings - claimed a five-shot victory at the Joburg Ladies Open in just her first start on the LET as a full member in March.
The win was her third inside a month on the Sunshine Ladies Tour, having already tasted success at the Dimension Data Ladies Challenge and Jabra Ladies Classic in February, and now the 22-year-old from Helsingborg is looking forward to her first event on home soil as a professional.
“I’m really excited to be playing as a professional at Halmstad after a great experience at Vallda Golf and Country Club when I finished tied 18th in the tournament as an amateur", said Grant. “I loved testing my game in a mixed gender field and now, as an LET winner, it will be even more exciting to compete against the other women and the men from both tours for this high-profile prize.”
Last year, Northern Irishman Caldwell won the inaugural edition hosted at Vallda Golf and Country Club near Gothenburg and this year’s tournament will have an increased prize fund of US$2million, which is up from the €1million purse for 2021.
“Last year at Vallda was such an awesome experience,” said Caldwell. “I was proud of how I closed out my first Tour victory on such a big occasion. To be part of history is something special and I can’t wait to defend my title at a new golf course.”
Lindblad, who is currently second in the Women’s World Amateur Golf Rankings, plays collegiate golf for Louisiana State University and recently won their individual and team events at the Southeastern Conference Women’s Golf Championship after a second-place finish at the Augusta National Women's Amateur Championship.
“It’s incredible to have the Scandinavian Mixed in Halmstad this summer,” said Lindblad. “To have Henrik and Annika bring this mixed tournament to my hometown is unreal, I can’t wait to play in front of family and friends, and just enjoy being back home in Sweden playing golf. It’s going to have a great atmosphere and I’m looking forward to using a bit of local knowledge to hopefully help me on my way during the week.”
The famous North Course at Halmstad will host the DP World Tour for the first time.
The inaugural event was won last year by Jonathan Caldwell.
The North Course at Halmstad hosted the Solheim Cup in 2007. It was designed by Rafael Sundblom, who is regarded as the father of Swedish golf course architecture, and opened in 1938. Measuring 6,908 yards, it is tree-lined and features several water hazards.
It is difficult to see past Alex Noren, who has recovered from a form slump and is enjoying a fruitful season on the PGA Tour.
DP World Tour Players to Watch:
Alex Noren. Will love playing on home soil
Jonathan Caldwell. Hoping to call on good, positive memories
Thriston Lawrence. Hugely talented South African
Henrik Stenson. Would love to put on a show for adoring home fans
LET Players to Watch:
Annika Sorenstam. A living legend
Linn Grant. Riding high on the LET this season
Ingrid Lindblad. The world’s second-ranked women’s amateur has a big future, as she proved at the US Women’s Open
Caroline Hedwall. Four-time Solheim Cup player
Lee-Anne Pace. An 11-time winner on the LET
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