If you had 18-year-old Swedish amateur Marcus Kinhult as your Day One leader at the Nordea Masters, well, you’re either a genius or a liar.
Kinhult is not exactly unknown – ranked third in the world among amateurs and a member of Europe’s last Junior Ryder Cup team.
Still, his 67 has him tied with fellow Swede Jens Dantorp and England’s Chris Paisley at the top of the leader board.
“That score was thanks to brilliant putting. I played really well from tee to green but I also holed a lot of putts for birdie and for par. The putter was pretty hot,” Kinhult, sounding exactly like an 18-year-old, said.
He looked pretty amateurish early on, and was 1-over through six with two bogeys, but hit five birdies on the back nine to draw a crowd.
Nine players are tied for fourth at 4-under, a single stroke back, including Germany’s Maximilian Kieffer, who was contention for the first three rounds of the Irish Open last week before struggling to a final round 77 and wining up tied for eighth.
The agreeable course saw a full 60 players shoot at least one stroke under par on the opening day, including world No. 4 Henrik Stenson, the biggest dog in the hunt.
Stenson looked destined for the top of the leader board early on, at 4-under through 12, but bogeys on 13 and 17 pulled him back to a 2-under 70.