As the European Tour season moves towards its climax the action once again returns to Aalborg for the second running of the Made in Denmark tournament. With over 80,000 fans turning up last year it was clear that Danish fans love top level golf and the players in turn loved the atmosphere at the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort. The course includes the infamous ‘Himmerland Hill’ around the 16th green where players get to experience a Ryder Cup style atmosphere.
While a par 71 which measures a little over 7,000 yards may not look like a huge challenge, the players could be in line for a very tough week of golf. The course is very exposed to the elements which will have a big effect on the players’ ability to go low. The punishing rough needs to be avoided but that is no easy task given the slopes that are found throughout the course. From a betting perspective it is imperative to back players who can handle changeable conditions so look to those who have done well previously at links courses.
One such player is Soren Kjeldsen. The 40-year-old will relish playing in the country of his birth and could well delight the galleries with a win. Kjeldsen is by no means a long hitter but he makes up for that with an incredible ability to control the ball even in tough conditions. He showed all of that ability at Royal County Down earlier on in the season when he won the Irish Open and has been in decent form since then. Like all the players, there will be times this week when things aren’t going to plan for Kjeldsen but he has the composure to deal with that and produce another fine performance at 18/1 with Coral.
Matthew Fitzpatrick is only half Kjeldsen’s age but his youth hasn’t stopped him from taking to life on the European Tour with ease. After finishing as the top amateur in the 2013 Open Championship (showing a strong ability to play links golf in sometimes tough conditions), Fitzpatrick decided to turn pro and test himself against the best. He has yet to get his maiden professional victory but came closer than ever at the Omega European Masters last month. There are similarities between the course at Crans and the Backtree New Course so back Fitzpatrick to break his duck at 20/1 with Coral.
The final player to add to your staking this week is Chris Paisley. The 29-year-old Englishman is relatively small for a professional golfer, something which allows him to stay rooted to the ground and play well in windy conditions. His best performance to date came on the Challenge Tour in 2012 when he won the English Challenge but there are reasons to back him this week at 125/1 with Ladbrokes. He’s an accurate driver, is able to find the majority of greens in regulation and when he’s there he takes advantage with his good putting. He’s had some good weeks this season including at Crans and last time out in the rescheduled Madeira Islands Open so have a small stakes each-way bet on the Englishman.