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Tuesday, 22 January, 2019

Solid Schwab can ping the lids at new Gothenburg venue

European Tour heads to uncharted terrain

Matthias Schwab enjoyed a successful Stateside college career
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Matthias Schwab is a greens-in-regulation machine who tends to keep his ball on the straight and narrow, and the ever-improving Austrian can approach this week's new European Tour assignment with more confidence than most.

When the circuit moves to uncharted terrain, steady players who keep big numbers off their scorecard are favoured, and Schwab can be fancied to win his first-round threeball at the Hills Club in Gothenburg.

Schwab, who finished seventh in the European Open last time out, is up against Jeff Winther and David Howell in the 7.30am (UK and Ireland time, Thursday) group.

Winther is well short of top-class and has missed seven cuts this year, while Howell, 43, has just slipped outside of the top 1,000 of the world rankings and will probably move into a broadcasting career at some point in the near future.

Assured all-rounder Thomas Detry, who finished 13th in the European Open last time out, is a generous even-money outsider in a Nordea match against the gifted but erratic Joakim Lagergren.

M Schwab to win threeball
2pts 6-5 BetBright
T Detry to beat J Lagergren
1pt Evens Coral, Ladbrokes

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Winther is well short of top-class and has missed seven cuts this year
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