Paratore claims Nordea Masters

Renato Paratore won the Nordea Masters on Sunday at the Barsebäck Golf and Country Club.

Paratore carded a three-under-par 70 on Sunday to get his score for the week to 11-under and so secure Sweden’s showpiece golf event by one stroke.

The victory is Paratore’s first on the European Tour. This weekend marked his 83rd European Tour event. The ranking points earned from this triumph are set to push him into the top 150 players in the world.

Speaking afterwards, the Italian cut a relieved figure.

“I am happy right now,” he said. “I really enjoyed this win.

“I was one behind the leader so I thought if I played well I could win.

“In these tough conditions I kept a good attitude until the end.

“The eighth and the ninth got me back in contention with two birdies, that was a key moment, and the last three holes I managed three very good putts.

“The last three holes were very good.”

While the taste of victory will be sweet for Paratore, Chris Wood will surely leave Sweden a bitter man.

With two holes to play, he was at 11-under however a par and a bogey on 17 and 18 respectively saw his challenge crumble in quite spectacular fashion.

Consequently Wood finished in a tie for second with fellow Englishman Matthew Fitzpatrick.