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Vallda Country Club in Gothenburg makes its European Tour debut this week as both men and women battle it out over 72 holes.
The women will gain 922-yards in total but even with that advantage the market is dominated by men. Only one woman finished in the top-15 in the Jordan Mixed Open in 2019 and it could be a similar struggle for them in Gothenburg.
It’s no surprise to see the markets dominated by men, with Sam Horsfield teeing off as 14/1 favourite ahead of Joost Luiten and Jason Scrivener at 18/1. Maja Stark is the shortest priced female golfer at 25/1.
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Scandinavian Mixed predictions & betting tips
Scandinavian Mixed course guide & where to watch
Course: Vallda Golf and Country Club, Gothenburg, Sweden
Field: 156 (78 men, 78 women)
Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 12pm on Thursday.
Scandinavian Mixed winner prediction: Sam Horsfield at 14/1
Sam Horsfield and Ryan Fox both look solid each-way investments for the inaugural Scandinavian Mixed event on the European Tour this week.
The new tournament features 78 men and 78 women, competing alongside each other over 72 holes of strokeplay, as the Tour seeks to bring the two sexes together. The women are getting a total of 922 yards advantage from their tees, but it is doubtful whether that will be enough to stop the men dominating the event.
Horsfield and Fox could prove particularly tough nuts for the ladies to crack. Horsfield is seeking a third European Tour title, having claimed a brace of victories last summer, and the Florida-based youngster has the potential to destroy this week’s venue.
Vallda Golf and Country Club has wide fairways and firm terrain, and the weather forecast is largely full of sunshine and calm conditions. Birdie machine Horsfield will expect to card four rounds in the mid-to-low 60s and could leave the rest of the field in his wake.
Vallda is a heathland track, so Horsfield’s fifth place in the 2018 British Masters at Walton Heath is a useful piece of form, but his general excellence since returning from a back injury at the end of March is a more compelling reason for supporting him.
Form figures of 8-3-15-4 from his first four events back on the circuit immediately showed that Horsfield is fit and dangerous again.
Scandinavian Mixed alternative prediction: Ryan Fox at 20/1
Fox arguably has the best chance of toppling the favourite. The New Zealander has had his schedule badly disrupted by coronavirus, but this week is his third European Tour event in a row, and a closing 69 for 11th spot in Germany on Monday was greatly encouraging.
Fox appears to have found a groove and a second European Tour title on Sunday would come as no surprise.
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