Sebastian Soderberg dominates the first round

It's a special week for golf, with Sweden hosting one of the most unconventional tournaments of the entire 2024 season

by Andrea Gussoni
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Sebastian Soderberg dominates the first round
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It's a special week for golf, with Sweden hosting one of the most unconventional tournaments of the entire 2024 season. The first round of the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed has just concluded, featuring both men from the DP World Tour and women from the Ladies European Tour competing on the same course and leaderboard.

Leading the pack after the opening 18 holes is Sebastian Soderberg, delighting the home crowd with an impressive 63 (-9) round. This continues Soderberg's spectacular season start, consistently performing at the top of leaderboards.

Sebastian Soderberg, results

Soderberg's flawless Thursday includes seven birdies and an eagle, showcasing remarkable skill and precision. He holds a two-shot lead over the duo of Dylan Frittelli from South Africa and England's Alex Fitzpatrick, both at -7, who maintained a clean scorecard throughout the day.

Malaysia's Gavin Green sits in fourth place at -6, the only player to finish with this score, courtesy of eight birdies and two bogeys. Among the group tied for fifth are two representatives from the Ladies European Tour: Swedish star Linn Grant and Irishwoman Laura Welsh, alongside three male counterparts at -5.

Grant made history two years ago by outperforming all men and aims for a repeat victory. Her round included highs and lows, with five birdies and an eagle offset by a double bogey on the 16th hole. Also at 67 strokes are Scots David Law and Scott Jamieson, and South African Louis De Jager.

In total, three women have made their mark in the top ten, with Finland's Noora Komulainen tied for 10th at -4. Behind Soderberg, the leaderboard remains tight, with seven players tied for 10th place. Notably absent are Italian male players, while two female contenders, Alessandra Fanali and Elena Virginia Carta, fight for their place in the field.

As it stands, Fanali sits comfortably at 49th place with -1, while Carta faces a tougher challenge at 104th place with +2, just shy of the projected cut line. These are the results.

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