After four years at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, the Made In Denmark event switches to a new venue at the Silkeborg Ry Golf Course near Aarhus. Several of the holes on the championship course was designed by European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, a Silkeborg native, with the varied terrain featuring hills, pine forests, bunkers and lakes. With a reduced prize fund of €1.5m – down from €1.8m last year – and with many of the European Tour’s leading players competing in the FedEx Cup playoff series, there aren’t too many big names in this week’s field, but Thorbjorn Olesen takes part and is joined by Martin Kaymer, Danny Willett, Thomas Pieters and Matt Fitzpatrick. The defending champion is Julian Suri, while the other previous winners of this event are Pieters, David Horsey and Marc Warren.
Made In Denmark Favourites
Olesen is hoping to cement his place in Europe’s Ryder Cup team and the in-form Dane heads the betting for his home championship. The world number 40 was fourth at the Nordea Masters, third at the Bridgestone and sixth at the Irish Open in his last five outings, while he won the Italian Open in June. He’s at 9/1* with Ladbrokes, Coral and Paddy Power. Pieters, who has finished in the top 10 on three of his last four starts, is at 14/1* with Ladbrokes and Coral, with Fitzpatrick available at best odds of 18/1* with Bet365. Eddie Pepperell is at 22/1* across the board, with the rest of the field priced at 33/1* and above, starting with Willett.
Made In Denmark Tips
Lucas Bjerregaard enjoyed a great run of form earlier in the season when he finished sixth or better on four of five starts and after a mini-slump, he was back in the groove last week when he shared ninth place at the D+D Real Czech Masters. He reached his highest ever world ranking when he was fifth at the BMW International Open at the end of June and his career is moving in the right direction. The Dane is the best price of 40/1* with Paddy Power or Betfred.
Erik Van Rooyen won twice in 2017, once on the Challenge Tour and once on the Sunshine Tour, and has made a good impression since taking his first steps on the European Tour. Most notable was his top 20 finish at The Open last month, while he also finished in the top five at the Irish Open. The South African has a couple of other top 10s to his credit and can make a further impact over the closing months of the season. He’s at 50/1* with Bet365.
Last week we tipped Lee Slattery for the Czech Masters and the 45/1 shot rewarded us with a place after finishing fourth. Having finished 10th at the Nordea Masters on his previous outing, the Englishman has now climbed 150 world ranking places since he was third at the Italian Open in June. The run of links tournaments in July wasn’t kind to him, but otherwise, his game is in good shape and we’ll be backing him again this week at 50/1* with either Ladbrokes, Coral or Betfred.