Henrik Stenson was probably the hottest golfer on the planet in the spring, but as summer breaks it's Alex Noren who is in fine fettle and the outsider could be a nice bet to get the better of his fellow Swede in this nationality market
"Since failing from the front at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, his form hasn’t been spectacular and as every major ticks by, the pressure on Stenson grows to break the Swedish major hoodoo."
As far as I'm concerned, the fewer the rivals the better when it comes to these side markets and you can't get any less than one!
Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren look to become the first Swede to win a major championship when they line-up at Chambers bay on Thursday and I really do think there's an awful lot between them, and certainly not as much as the market suggests.
Only a fool would discount Stenson, the world number six, who should love the course. Phil Mickelson has compared it to Castle Stuart, where he won the 2013 Scottish Open and that's an event Stenson probably feels he should have taken. He's a fine links exponent, a fairly long hitter and a decent scrambler so he should figure but on the other hand, since failing from the front at the Arnold Palmer Invitational in March, his form hasn't been spectacular and as every major ticks by, the pressure on Stenson grows to break the Swedish major hoodoo.
Having won the Nordea Masters last time out, Alex Noren couldn't be in better shape and I agree with Dan Geraghty and Paul Krishnamurty, who both feel that he's a live outsider to even take the title. Dan has made him his each-way selection and he's also one of Paul's two Find Me a 100 Winner picks.
At 32, Noren doesn't have the added pressure of time running out that 39-year-old Stenson has and with a freer run he looks the one to be on here at a perfectly respectable 2/1.
Alex Noren @ 2/1 on the Sportsbook
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