After a week hiatus for the PGA Championship, the European Tour resumes play for the Made in Denmark event. The tournament moves to May from its usual late-August slot. Defending champion Matt Wallace returns to lead the field here as an 8/1 choice in spite of his third-place tie last week at Bethpage Black, which earned him Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour.
The Englishman is followed by Thomas Pieters (14/1), the 2016 winner of this event and off a respectable T-23 finish at the PGA. Lucas Bjerregaard, T-16 last week and fresh off his hole-in-one at 17 on Sunday, comes in at 16/1 along with Jordan Smith.
After a year at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, the Made in Denmark returns to its usual home to Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farsoe. Himmerland plays as a par 71, 6,900-yard parklands that can be exposed to windy conditions. The fairways are relatively wide but missing them will punish players with some thick rough. Five of the par 4s measure at under 400 yards and there’s also a very short 128-yard par 3. Two of the par 5s (Nos. 4 and 7) are easy and there were a combined 40 eagles on this pair of holes at the 2017 event. The greens are of the slower bentgrass variety. The course isn’t particularly long so ballstriking and bentgrass putting become even more paramount.
2018: Matt Wallace -19 (40/1)
Note: Event played at Silkeborg
2017: Julian Suri -19 (60/1)
2016: Thomas Pieters -17 (12/1)
2015: David Horsey -13 (80/1)
2014: Marc Warren -9 (30/1)
Victor Dubuisson 30/1
We continue to ride the Frenchman on his comeback trail. Aside from the withdrawal from Qatar, he has made all seven cuts with four Top 20 finishes. He is slowly making progress after missing a year with a perforated eardrum, and don’t forget that he was a Top 20 player in the world about five years ago.
Thomas Detry 30/1
The Belgian is an excellent putter (19th currently) and has three top 15s in his past six events. Much like Jorge Campillo, who finally broke his maiden with a win in Morocco, Detry has been knocking on the door for a while to procure his first European Tour win.
Paul Waring 40/1
Three top-6 finishes this season including last time out at the British Masters.
Richie Ramsay 60/1
The Scot has been trending upwards of late. He comes in off his best two finishes of the season with a 14th in China and a fifth at the British Masters two weeks ago.
George Coetzee 80/1
The South African is 14th in Putts per GIR and 17th in Strokes Gained Putting, which should be highly beneficial on these slower greens.