Nordea Masters top 10 power rankings

Matthew Fitzpatrick. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
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I keep waiting for the 2009 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year to come into his own and deliver that championship-level golf game I’m absolutely certain he has in his bag. Chris Wood has the potential to dominate the European Tour.

I confess that I was a bit disappointed in his T-49 finish at the BMW PGA Championship last week. I’d hoped for a more vigorous defense from the defending champion. But Wood seems to be struggling with consistency. He missed the cut at Abu Dhabi and then followed up with a T-11 at Qatar and a T-19 at Dubai. He missed the cut at The Masters and followed with a T-4 at the Volvo China Open. If the pattern holds, he’ll follow his Wentworth performance with a high finish at the Nordea Masters.

Expect Chris Wood to get off the tee and down the fairway in good order but when he arrives at the putting surface, look for him to decimate his opponents. Averaging 28.1 putts per round, Wood ranked 9th on the Tour in putting average. That aspect of his game should take him to the front page of the leaderboard this week.