Scandinavian Invitation: Molinari can start fast again

Italy's Edoardo Molinari
Italy's Edoardo Molinari can start fast again

Dave Tindall makes a case for a trio of players to go well in round one at Hills Golf & Sports Club...

"Slattery was T2 after round one here last year after an opening 64 while he was the leader after the opening lap in 2009 and fourth after the first day in 2015."

Each-way terms: 1/5 odds, 6 places

Weather forecast for Gothenburg, Sweden: Temperatures vary very little from around the high 50s to the early 60s. But wind speeds nearly double (6-7mph to 12-13mph) for the afternoon starters and there's more chance of rain too for the p.m. wave

First-round leader history at Hills Golf & Sports Club:

62 Clement Sordet (07:50)
64 Lee Slattery (08:20), Scott Jamieson (07:50)
65 Hunter Stewart (14:20), Tapio Pulkkanen (08:50), Christofer Blomstrand (08:30), Richard Green (13:30)

Strategy: Last year's evidence combined with the weather forecast suggest an early start is a favourable one.

Make it Molinari

Edoardo Molinari has been the fast-start king on the European Tour in recent times.

Twice in his last seven events (May's Made In Denmark and July's Scottish Open) he's had a piece of the first-round lead and he was quick out of the traps again when fourth after 18 holes at last week's Czech Masters.

He's clearly playing some excellent golf after finishing third, ninth and tied 14th in his last five starts and the Italian even said last week that there was a secret behind his improved fortunes which he didn't want to reveal.

Molinari has a previous top three in this event while he fired a second-round 66 at this week's venue last year.

His 31st place in the Driving Accuracy stats bodes well for doing well at Hills Golf & Sports Club this week and he looks a fair price for R1 leader at 50/1.

Molinari looks to have an ideal tee-time at 08:20.

Side with Slattery

Lee Slattery has finished day one in the top five in each of his last three events.

Those strong Thursday positions came courtesy of a 64 in the Scottish Open and 65s at the Irish Open and last week's Czech Masters.

He's been in the top 10 after day one on three other occasions this season so it's become something of a habit.

That also extends to this course and this event.

Slattery was T2 after round one here last year after an opening 64 while he was the leader after the opening lap in 2009 and fourth after the first day in 2015.

On all that evidence he's a nice price at 66s and 09:00 is a good tee-time.

Count on Karlsson

Let's add a bit of local flavour and go with Swedish star Robert Karlsson.

The former Ryder Cupper has flickered back to life in recent weeks with T27 at the Irish Open and T10 in last week's Czech Masters, the latter his first top 10 finish since October 2017.

But while he's struggled for 72 holes, it's been a different story over the first 18.

He's been in the top 10 no less than five times in his last 11 starts, the latest coming thanks to an opening 67 in the Czech Republic.

Karlsson also opened with a 67 in this event last year so, adding in his early tee-time (08:10), the planets look aligned for another fast start.

He's 100/1 for first-round leader.

Dave's 2019 R1 leader P/L (based on £5 ew per selection)

Staked: £930
Returned: £1004.59
P/L: +£74.59

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