Sweden’s Hedblom leads at golf masters in Spain

Sweden's Peter Hedblom rose to the top of the leaderboard at Spain's Castelló Masters Costa Azahar on Friday after carding a second-round 64 for a nine under par total of 133.

Sweden's Hedblom leads at golf masters in Spain
Hedblom on the first day of play at the Scandinavian Masters, July

He leads in Valencia by one shot from joint overnight pacesetter Paul Lawrie, who shot a 70 to add to his opening 64, Spain’s Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño and Italian Matteo Manassero.

Next come a group of four tied on seven under: Spain’s Álvaro Velasco, who jumped 48 places with a 64 of his own to join Lawrie’s fellow overnight leader Ricardo González of Argentina, Sweden’s Christian Nilsson and France’s Grégory Bourdy.

Ryder Cup vice captain Sergio García, who won at the inaugural tournament in 2008, added a 73 to his first day 71 to sit two over, missing the cut.

Hedblom shot to the top of the pack with six birdies, an eagle and a single bogey at Club de Campo del Mediterráneo. However, at the ninth – his last – the three-time European Tour winner found trouble off the tee and ran up a bogey five.

“I think the longest par putt I had today was a tap-in. Everything was going close and then one bad tee shot on the last. Still, in the lead with two days to go,” the 40-year-old told

He conceded it has been a frustrating season – he is currently 98th on The Race to Dubai, which would represent his lowest position since 2002. However, he is optimistic that a good finish in Valencia can reignite his chances of reaching next month’s Dubai World Championship.

“The game hasn’t been as solid as it usually is. Putting, my lines haven’t been as good as they usually are but a good finish here and it can be a good year. Two more rounds like that and I’ll be smiling a lot,” he said.

The tournament was won last year by fellow Swede Michael Jonzon.

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Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark

Danes will be able to take up their tennis rackets and golf clubs again after the country's two biggest sports associations announced that outdoor sports with no physical contact can resume again.

Tennis courts and golf courses to reopen in Denmark
Tennis will be one of the first sports to restart. Photo: Søren Bidstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The Sports Confederation of Denmark and the country's other sports association DGI announced that they had agreed new guidelines for restarting group sports with the Danish Health Authority, in a press release issued on Tuesday. 
“This is the first sign of sport opening up, and we are really pleased that the health authorities have given us guidelines so that some activities can start up again,” Charlotte Bach Thomassen, chair of the Danish sports association DGI, said. 
“Of course, joining together in sports clubs must be safe from a  health point of view, so it is important to be aware that in many sports associations you will not be able to meet physically.” 
DIF chairman Niels Nygaard told Ritzau that the announcement did not mean any organisation would be required to restart activities they did not regard as safe. 
“These are voluntary associations where there are differences from association to association and sport to sport,” he said. “Our recommendations are not a requirement for associations to start activities. They can do it if it can be done under safe conditions, and if they have doubts about whether it can be done, then they shouldn't do it.”
According to the joint press release, group sports can now restart if: 
  • they take place outside 
  • participants can keep a distance of two meters from others
  • participants pay special attention to hand hygiene
  • rackets, clubs or other props are frequently cleaned
  • participants cough or sneeze into your elbow or a paper towel
  • participants stay home if they have a fever, cough or muscle soreness. 
  • shared facilities such as clubhouses and dressing and shower facilities are not used