Bjork targeting a home win

15 August 2018 19:42:27 GMTPlus11

Alexander Bjork hopes to thrill the local Swedish fans when the Nordea Masters heads to Hills GC on the outskirts of Gothenburg this week.

With Henrik Stenson and Alex Noren absent, Bjork is the highest ranked Swede taking part and he's been put in the star three-ball on Thursday alongside tournament favourite Thorbjorn Olesen and defending champion Renato Paratore.

I really do think that when I am on top of my game I can be on the top of the leaderboard.

Alexander Bjork

The trio head out at 1pm on the par 71 which has very little rough due to the hot, dry summer in the region although temperatures will be cooler this week.

Bjork is making just his third start in the tournament but he'll tee off this time as a European Tour winner having landed his first title in April's Volvo China Open.

He was also tied eighth in the Open de France at the start of July and followed it with tied 14th in the Irish Open and tied 19th in the Scottish Open.

His new status also got him a spot in the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Ohio where he finished tied 48th, while he missed the cut in last week's US PGA Championship at Bellerive.

The 28-year-old told europeantour.com: "The first victory on the European Tour felt really big and it was also a real boost for my self-confidence and my career.

"I am not very happy about how I have played lately in the States. It's fun with big tournaments and loads of spectators, but I get a little disappointed when I can't play well.

"But I really do think that when I am on top of my game I can be on the top of the leaderboard."

Looking ahead to this week, he said: "I need to be on top of my game, so I'll get a lot of rest and good practice to be ready on Thursday when it all starts."

Bjork is 19.00 to win the Nordea Masters and 34.00 to be the first-round leader.

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