Putting on a European Tour event is no easy undertaking. There is a huge amount of planning and work required just to get a tournament on let alone to make a success of it. When the Made In Denmark became part of the tour in 2014 the organisers had any number of things to be concerned about but one thing they never had to worry about was the fans.
The Danish fans who turn up each year to Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort are among the very best anywhere in the world. It helps that Himmerland is a stadium course with some great viewing areas but they are knowledgeable, supportive and fair which has no doubt helped to attract some of the best players on the European Tour to this year’s renewal.
Defending champion Thomas Pieters, home favourite Soren Kjeldsen and two time major champion Martin Kaymer are among those in attendance this week. The beauty of golf is that those high profile players have to play the same course as those right at the bottom of the betting market. They all have a chance of winning provided they maximise the space off the tee at Himmerland, scramble well when they inevitably miss the greens and can cope with the strong winds that often whip up.
Kjeldsen’s Course Form Can Provide a Welcome Win
Soren Kjeldsen had a crack at the PGA Tour this season. At 42 years of age, he felt he owed himself the opportunity to compete for the riches on offer on the other side of the Atlantic but it’s safe to say that things didn’t exactly go to plan. He didn’t enjoy being apart from his family for extended periods of time and his golf suffered as he finished 146th on the FedEx Cup rankings.
He did at least have a good end to his time in American with a 16th place finish at the Wyndham Championship which will give him real confidence ahead of his home event. Kjeldsen’s patient, accurate game has provided very good results at the Made In Denmark and he looks good value to turn that long term form into a win at 14/1 with Betfred.
Dredge Another Course Specialist Worth Backing
Bradley Dredge is an experience golfer who knows that he has to make the most of weeks when he plays on courses that suit his game. That’s an approach which has worked very well at the Made In Denmark. The Welshman has finished as the runner up in two of his three starts at Himmerland and is well fancied to go well again. The bookies know his form here but Coral’s 25/1 is a good price for an each way bet.
Pepperell Can Fire Again in Denmark
Eddie Pepperell is another player who heads to Denmark with positive memories of the tournament. He finished fourth on debut in 2014 and while he missed the cut last season he is playing better now than 12 months ago. It’s been a frustrating time with strong performances mixed in with weaker ones but there’s no doubt that at his best, Pepperell has the game to win this week at 66/1 with Bet365.