The third renewal of the Made In Denmark tournament takes place on the Backtee New Course of the Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort this week, and it’s attracted a stronger than average field with the likes of Martin Kaymer keen to win to highlight why he should be a wildcard pick for the Ryder Cup.
Kaymer may well be suited by the links-style course, and the strong winds that blow here may well see the cream rise to the top. However, he looks too short at around 10/1.
Thomas Pieters also looks too short at around 12/1 after failing to win last week, and its asking a lot of the young man to play well 3-weeks on the bounce. Meanwhile Matthew Fitzpatrick and Andy Sullivan are passed over as they’ve cemented their Ryder Cup places, and also have no decent course form, having respectively finished 44th and missed the cut on their only previous appearances.
Soren Kjeldson makes the most appeal at the top of the market at around 16/1. Not only because he’s Danish, and has decent course form including finishing second last year, but also because he’s 10th in the Ryder Cup standings – and would dearly love to remind Darren Clarke why he’d be a worthy wild card pick.
Next in is a Bradley Dredge who, unencumbered by Ryder Cup dreams, will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of decent performances here after finishing 6th and 2nd here the last two years. His recent form isn’t that strong, but he often pops-up on the leaderboard when least expected.
Another player playing in front of his home fans this week is Thorbjorn Olesen, and the young Dane has the game to mix it with the best when in the mood. However, he will need to get an early sniff of victory, as he often downs tools if not in the hunt. Those form swings are typically highlighted by his record here, which has seen him finish 7th in 2015, but miss the cut last year.
The fourth and final selection this week has to be David Lipsky who is emerging from a quiet spell, but certainly has the requisite class after winning the 2014 Asian Tour Order Of Merit, and winning the Omega Masters that year. He was certainly hot over the weekend last week and, if he puts like he did then, he should go close on a course where he’s finished 15th and 14th.
Soren Kjeldson 2 Points Each-Way @ 16/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Bradley Dredge 1 Point Each-Way @ 28/1 (Various Bookies) ¼ odds 5 places
Thorbjorn Olesen 1 Point Each-Way @ 45/1 (Sporting Bet) ¼ odds 5 places
David Lipsky 1 Point Each-Way @ 55/1 (Paddy Power) ¼ odds 5 places