Sep 18th, 2021
Broberg storms into the lead at Dutch Open
Swede puts injury problems behind him heading into weekend
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The Swede made nine birdies with a single dropped shot as he carded a 64 that moved him to twelve-under, a shot clear of Belgian Thomas Detry and Dane Marcus Helligkilde.
Ireland's Niall Kearney and German Maximilian Kieffer were then at ten-under but the headlines at Bernardus Golf belonged to Broberg, who has shown signs of his brilliant best in recent weeks after a tough few seasons.
“I played really well today. I started off with three straight birdies and then I hit a good shot on 13, that tough par three there, but I missed a short one then birdied 14. It was ups and downs out there, I hit some bad shots and some really good shots but my putter is smoking hot, so I am playing some decent golf," said Broberg.
"I am taking it one shot at a time. I have been struggling all year with injuries, so it is nice t be playing good again. It’s just golf, so taking it one shot at a time."
The 35-year-old announced himself to the golfing world in 2012 as he won three events in four weeks on the European Challenge Tour, and within three years he was a European Tour winner at the BMW Masters.
He lost his card in 2017 and, while he regained it at the Qualifying School, hip and knee injuries contributed to him playing just 11 events between 2018 and 2020.
The four-time Challenge Tour winner missed six of his first eight cuts this season but, with his fitness returning, he has made four of his last five and could create one of the stories of the 2021 Race to Dubai over the weekend.