Sterne trails Westwood in Sweden

Richard Sterne might not have caught a rampant Lee Westwood at the Nordea Masters, but his tied seventh finish is definitely a sign that he’s returning to former glory.

“I think 2007 was the last time I was getting there,” said Sterne. “I had quite a run of top-fives up until we played at Wentworth. This is the first time in a long time that I’ve been up there like this.”

He was tied third on eight-under-par at the 36-hole mark, but a disappointing third round 73 marred his victory chances. Despite the slip, he shot a final-round 68 at Bro Hof Slott Golf Club to finish in a share of seventh at 11-under-par.

“I played the par-fives well and that helps. Lee’s obviously playing well, and I feel that I can give him a good run for his money. My game is feeling good at the moment – my short-game specifically is quite strong,” he said.

Sterne finished second at the ISPS Handa Wales Open a week ago. A week prior to that he took sixth at the BMW Championship at Wentworth Club. The results make it clear that he is back in action and enjoying his golf. Now it is a question of when he will take victory in Europe.

He was focused on staying in contention week-in and week-out, and added: “I have good finishes and then fall away, and I want to improve on that. I want to try to get more consistent now – hopefully it adds to good scoring.”

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