36-hole co-leader Marcus Kinhult (Am) slides to T33 at Nordea Masters
07 Jun 2015
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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Marcus Kinhult
Marcus Kinhult

Weekend Story Update:

Marcus Kinhult succumbed to the pressure down the stretch and windy conditions on Saturday, finishing double-bogey-double-birdie (at least the birdie was on the last) to shoot 77 and move from being co- leader to T14. His Sunday 75 did nothing to improve his position, and sent the 36-hole co-leader into a T33 finish.

OK, so the Swedish teenage sensation, 18, won't win this one. He's made the cut in the Nordea Masters two years in a row, and the last time we can think of an amateur consistently performing like that on the European Tour it was Italian Matteo Manassero - he's done pretty well, if four European Tour wins are any indication.

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Marcus Kinhult of Sweden is trying to become the first amateur to win on the European Tour since 2009, when Shane Lowery won the Irish Open.

If his play on the difficult ninth hole today says anything about the 18-year-old Kinhult's ability to handle the weekend pressure, things are looking good. Stading on the tee of the 476-yard par four (playing into the wind) Kinhult drove into the fairway bunker. Just when it looked like he might close out the round (he started on the 10th) with a bogey or worse, he nailed his fairway bunker shot from 190 yards to 15 feet and calmly rolled in the birdie putt to the delight of the partisan crowds.

"That was a lot of fun," Kinhult told European Tour Radio. "I had a great time out there. It felt great coming in those last few holes with bigger crowds and I managed to make two big putts too, so that was a great feeling.

"I saw my name on the leaderboard, it was hard to avoid, but I tried to just stick to the game plan and focus on what I could affect and I managed to do that pretty well so I'm happy with that.

"I'm here to gain some experience and that's what it's all about. It's going to be a lot of fun this weekend and good experience to go out there tomorrow and try again."

Kinhult stands at the top of the leaderboard along with fellow Swede Jens Dantorp at 9-under. World No. 4 Henrik Stenson, who slipped to T34 after posting even-par 72.

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