European Golf: Yo, Adrian…

The European Tour heads to Denmark for the last counting event for the European Ryder Cup team.

As is stands, seven players are guaranteed their places, and only Thorbjorn Olesen, Matthew Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell able to secure the final spot ahead of the wildcard selections.

Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, the home course of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, will host the Made in Denmark tournament for the first time.

The course is a par 72, but less than 7,000 yards long. This is short in pro terms, but is tree-lined and demands accuracy off the tee.

The three players mentioned above have every incentive to play well, and are leading the betting, but they will also have to cope with added pressure. Maybe they will, but we’ll look elsewhere.

Adrian Otaegui has won two tournaments on the European Tour in the last year or so, both in the knockout format which relies less on brute power. He is renowned for his trademark accuracy off the tee and he comes off finishing pretty well in the US PGA, his first major tournament. We hope this course will suit him, and will take a punt this Spaniard plays well.

Sticking with our policy of tipping a Scandinavian golfer when the Tour heads in that direction, our second selection is Joachim B Hansen. The Dane stands atop the Challenge Tour rankings, courtesy of a couple of wins, and is likely to feel right at home here. This event hasn’t attracted the strongest of fields and we get a nice price for a golfer in form.


Otaegui 0.5 pts each way at 50/1, 1/5 the odds for the first seven places, Coral

Hansen 0.5 pts each way at 80/1, 1/5 the odds for the first seven places, Coral

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