The organisers of the Made in Denmark should be very proud of the job that they have done. This week sees only the third renewal of the tournament but they’ve been able to attract some of the biggest names in European golf to Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. Clearly, some of those big stars are here in an attempt to prove to Darren Clarke that they are worth a captain’s pick for the Ryder Cup but the fact that a win at such a young event could sway Clarke’s decision is testament to success of the Made in Denmark’s first two years.
There is not too much top quality golf played in Denmark but that has not dampened the locals’ appetite for the game. The Made in Denmark is one of the best supported European Tour events. Much of the reason for the event’s popularity is the Backtee New Course. It has a real stadium course feel with plenty of great vantage points but the real standout is the short par three 16th hole where over 3,000 people sit on banking surrounding the green.
Pressure Off for Fitzpatrick
At around 7,000 yards, the New Course is not a huge test of distance. Scoring well here is much more dependent on how much control players can have over their ball rather than how far they hit it. That is particularly true when the wind whips up as it often does on the exposed course.
Matt Fitzpatrick will be one of those players in the field hoping that the wind really gets up. The young Englishman has the sort of low ball flight that penetrates breezes and he should be able to outscore the field if conditions get tough. He’s also here in a great mood having secured a spot in Europe’s Ryder Cup team thanks to the ranking points he’s picked up on the European Tour. All of which makes him look like a good bet this week at a top price of 14/1 with BetVictor.
Home Favourite Olesen Worth Chancing
The Danish fans are very respectful of all those who turn up to play at the Made in Denmark but they are a patriotic crowd who will be especially supportive of their home favourites. Of that number, Thorbjorn Olesen looks like the man to back. Olesen finished seventh in the Made in Denmark in its first tournament when he looked to love performing in front of his own fans. The 26-year-old won in the wind at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship and can play himself back into form thanks to the support of the crowd. At 45/1 with BetVictor, back Olesen each way.
Solid If Unspectacular for Kaymer
Martin Kaymer still obviously feels that he needs to prove himself worthy of a place in the Ryder Cup but he must be considered a firm favourite to make the squad based on his performances already this season. The German made the cut at all the majors and has been very close to winning on a few occasions. He may not win this week but has the class to cement a wild card pick and claim a top five finish at odds of 9/4 with Coral.