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Austrian woman sets mark on men's European Tour

Christine Wolf at 2021 Scandinavian Mixed
Christine Wolf shoots 8-under 64 on Thursday at the Scandinavian Mixed to carve out a spot in the European Tour record books.

Christine Wolf shares lead with England’s Sam Horsfield at Scandinavian Mixed, a joint men's and women's event

Austria’s Christine Wolf made history Thursday when she shot a bogey-free 8-under 64 at the Scandinavian Mixed: She’s the first female to hold a share of the lead at a European Tour event.

England’s Sam Horsfield also shot 64 at Vallda Golf and Country Club in Gothenburg, Sweden.

The field consists of 78 men and 78 women playing for one trophy and one prize fund of €1 million (about $1.217 million). The men and women played from separate tees, with the goal of creating similar approach shots into greens. World-ranking points will be awarded for the men and women, plus season points on the European and Ladies European tours.

Englishmen Steven Brown and Ashley Chesters, Spain’s Pep Angles and Finland’s Kalle Samooja shared third place at 7-under 65.

Sparked by an eagle at the par-5 16th hole, Wolf posted a sizzling 6-under 30 on the back nine. She played the four par 5s in 4 under en route to a career-low score.

“I started quite well and birdied the first two par 5s that came up, and actually hit it quite close on some of the holes but didn’t make any putts on the front nine,” Wolf said. “Then all of a sudden, I hit it close, and toward the end, the putter got really hot. It was nice.”

Wolf, 32, who played college golf at Tennessee-Chattanooga, won the 2019 Hero Women’s Indian Open on the Ladies European Tour.

Horsfield enjoyed similar success on the par 5s, which he said was a key to his round.

“I haven’t really been taking advantage of the par 5s this year, so that was my goal today,” Horsfield said. “I hit all four fairways and made four birdies.”

Horsfield, who hasn’t competed since a T-49 at the PGA Championship three weeks ago, was laid up recently with a bout of food poisoning. The 24-year-old, who played college golf at Florida, won his only two titles on the European Tour last year, in a span of three weeks.

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson, who co-hosted the event with fellow Swede Annika Sorenstam, used a bit of humor to describe his 2-under 70.

“I don’t think it was the prettiest round of golf we could put together,” Stenson said afterward, with Sorenstam by his side, “but we finished as friends.”

Sorenstam, who signed for a 1-over 73, added: “It’s nice to finally get out there and play. I was quite pleased with my game from tee to green, but not so much from there.”

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