Langer Seeks Elusive Title


In the 12 year history of the Scandinavian Masters, the list of past champions reads like a 'who's who' of European golf - Montgomerie, Faldo, Westwood, Singh and Parnevik.
And with this week's playing of the Scandic Carlsberg Scandinavian Masters at the Barseback Golf and Country Club in Sweden, newly appointed Ryder Cup captain Bernhard Langer will try to add his name to that illustrious group.
Though a holder of an amazing 42 European Tour titles, Langer for some reason has yet to find the winner's circle in this event. This year will not be any easier due to the presence of some of Europe's hottest golfers, including Fredrik Jacobson and Michael Campbell.
Jacobson, a native of the host country Sweden, hopes to become the third Swede to capture the title, following Parnivek, who is actually a two-time winner of the event, and Joakim Haeggman, who won the title back in 1997.
Jacobson returns home having already two wins under his belt in the 2002 season, one at the Omega Hong Kong Open and the other at the Algarve Open de Portgual. He also posted a pair of top 10s at the U.S. Open and the British Open.
Along with Jacobson is the suddenly dangerous Campbell, who is coming off his dramatic playoff win in the Irish Open over Thomas Bjorn and Peter Hedblom. Campbell, who has been battling shoulder problems for quite sometime , finally was able to put it together last week for his first win since last year's Smurfit European Open.
Defending champion, Northern Irelands Graeme McDowell, will also be teeing it up with hopes of repeating his suprising victory in 2002. McDowell, who won the event in only his fourth ever European Tour start, is a former All-American golfer from the University of Alabama-Birmingham.
Other Swede's in the field that will be looking for some home cooking are Niclas Fasth, Pierre Fulke, Mathis Grnberg, Robert Karlsson and Jarmo Sandelin.
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