Made in Denmark: A new location and a crucial tournament for the final European Ryder Cup place
The European Tour heads to a new location as Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, the home club of Thomas Bjorn growing up, which is playing host to the Made in Denmark for the first time this week.
Bjorn and fellow vice Captains Lee Westwood and Robert Karlsson, who is celebrating the milestone of playing in 600 European Tour events this week, will be keeping a watchful eye on European Ryder Cup hopefuls – which is the dominant story at this week’s event.
There is a three-way tussle at the bottom of the Ryder Cup automatic qualifying spots that will end once the tournament is over. Thorbjorn Olesen currently holds the final position, but either Matt Fitzpatrick or Eddie Pepperell could potentially move in to the eighth spot if either of them win this week and Olesen finishes worse than 7th.
Thomas Pieters, who is putting together an impressive late run and starred in the 2016 edition of the Ryder Cup, will be hoping another good week will affirm his position as a wildcard pick – which will be announced on Wednesday, 5th September.
Also in the running for the wildcard spots are players like Henrik Stenson, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter and Rafa Cabrera Bello, who are all playing in the USA at the non-points-counting Dell Technologies Championship this week.
But who should you back this week?
Made in Denmark: How to Watch
Thursday & Friday
Sky Sports Golf (10:30), Sky Sports Golf (14:30)
Saturday & Sunday
Sky Sports Golf (11:30)
Betting Tips: Made in Denmark
Thorbjorn Olesen: 8/1
Home favourite Olesen currently holds the final qualification spot on the Ryder Cup team and will be hoping to keep it that way this week. With a victory and four other top 10s overshadowing two missed cuts in his last nine starts, Olesen is in good form – finishing 4th at last week’s Czech Masters. T14 at the 2017 edition of the Made in Denmark.
Thomas Pieters: 11/1
A third top 10 in four starts last week at the Czech Masters will give Pieters confidence heading in to the final event before Ryder Cup wildcards are chosen. Missed the cut last year but won the Made in Denmark title in 2016- though at a very different golf course.
Matthew Fitzpatrick: 16/1
Fitzpatrick hasn’t teed up in Europe since a T14 at the Scottish Open, but could still make the Ryder Cup team for a second straight appearance with a win this week. Hasn’t finished better than T36 in his last four starts, but did turn his season around last year around the same time.
Eddie Pepperell: 22/1
Like Pieters, Pepperell has had three top 10s in his last four starts, including a T6 at The Open in July. He could make the Ryder Cup squad automatically with a win this week, and has a best result of T4 at the Made in Denmark, which came in 2014.
Danny Willett: 30/1
Having a bit of a resurgence to form, Willett finished T18 last week - and has a top 10 and two other top 25 results in his last five starts. First appearance in the Made in Denmark.
Matthias Schwab: 45/1
Schwab has gone T7-MC-T9 in his last three starts and could be a promising bet this week. His first appearance in the Made in Demark and looking for his first title, but promising stats include ranking 20th for Par-four scoring, 25th for GIR and 19th for Scrambling on the European Tour.
Lee Slattery: 50/1
Followed a string of missed cuts with a T10 at the Nordea Masters and a T4 at last week’s Czech Masters, and will be hoping to carry that form on this week. First appearance in this tournament since 2015.
Hunter Stewart: 125/1
The young American and Canadian Tour regular has two top 10s and two top 25s in his last five starts worldwide, going T24 and T9 in his first two European Tour starts and climbing nearly 300 spots in the World rankings. The former Walker Cup player has already impressed and tees up again this week for just the third time in Europe looking for his maiden title. With just eight rounds under his belt he ranks 2nd on the European Tour for greens in regulation and a Scoring Average of 69.00.
Matthew Nixon: 150/1
In his last four starts on the European Tour has gone T24-T9-T34-T24, and tees up for this first time in this tournament since 2015.