Volvo Scandinavian Mixed, Soderberg leads

Sebastian Soderberg continues undeterred in his progress at the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed 2024, leading by a considerable margin after thirty-six holes.

by Andrea Gussoni
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Volvo Scandinavian Mixed, Soderberg leads
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Sebastian Soderberg continues undeterred in his progress at the Volvo Scandinavian Mixed 2024, leading by a considerable margin after thirty-six holes. The Swede, playing in front of his home crowd, has excelled even on Friday, putting three shots between him and his nearest pursuer.

At one point, the week seemed almost a foregone conclusion, with Soderberg holding a six-shot lead. However, many players posted very low scores in the afternoon, and as we know, golf is the most unpredictable sport of all, anything can happen until the last shot of the seventy-second hole.

Sebastian Soderberg, results

It remains a devastating performance by the Scandinavian at the halfway point of the most unique tournament of the year, which combines the best of the DP World Tour and the Ladies European Tour, where he stands at -15 after 36 holes.

Soderberg has not carded a single bogey in two days, and today, starting early in perfect conditions, he has four birdies on his card and the cherry on top with an eagle on the sixth, the easiest hole on the course where he drives, hits an iron, and sinks a putt.

For him, a round of 66 after yesterday's 63. Three shots behind at -12, we find Scott Jamieson alone in second place. The Scotsman, starting from the tenth, accelerated, making five birdies from one to eight before stumbling to his only bogey on the ninth, almost mishitting every shot but still managing to lose only one.

It's a very mixed-up leaderboard, with third place belonging to Julien Guerrier, the Frenchman who, thanks to a sensational 64, climbs fourteen positions to -11. In joint fourth place at -9, we find the first woman on the leaderboard.

And it's the one who won this tournament in 2022, Linn Grant. The Swedish star struggled in the middle stages of the first nine, with three bogeys between the 5th and the 7th, but then she changed gears, making six birdies to move up one position from yesterday.

With her are compatriots Jesper Svensson (67) and Jens Dantorp (67, with a bogey that leaves a lot to be desired on the eighteenth), and Spaniard Jorge Campillo (67). Completing the top-10 at Vasatorps Golfklubb, a very interesting quartet tied for eighth place with a total of -8: South African Dylan Frittelli (71), Swede Alexander Bjork (67), Scot Callum Hill (67), and Englishman Alex Fitzpatrick (71).

No luck for the two Italian women in the field: a good 71 from Elena Virginia Carta is not enough to repair the damage from yesterday's +2, and her total of +1 puts her in 89th place; while Alessandra Fanali has a decidedly tough day, closing her eighteen holes in 76 (+4) for a total of +3 and 112th place, nullifying the good work from yesterday.

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