European Tour

Made in Denmark 2018

August 30 - September 02

Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, Silkeborg, Denmark

€1,500,000

August 30 - September 02

Silkeborg Ry Golf Club, Silkeborg, Denmark

€1,500,000

Round 1

Thomson leads as Ryder Cup sub-plot develops in Denmark

August 30, 2018

Jonathan Thomson shrugged off his poor early season form to storm into the first round lead at the Made in Denmark, where Ryder Cup hopefuls Thorbjørn Olesen, Matt Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperell endured mixed fortunes at this, the final qualifying event to gain an automatic place in Thomas Bjørn’s European Team to face the USA in Paris in four weeks’ time.

Thomson leads as Ryder Cup sub-plot develops in Denmark, © Getty Images

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“It’s fantastic to get off to a great start for a change. I have been playing some great golf recently but not scoring, so to get off to a low scoring start today was great. This is my first Made in Denmark. This course is a great lay out and a beautiful setting.

“I have been playing well but not scoring. I had a good lesson on iron play in Prague last week and it has really tightened up my iron play and given me more opportunities to give myself more birdie chances. Last week I played fantastic and didn’t hole anything, whereas today I played to a similar level and holed some putts.

“It would be great for me to have a positive result this week. I had a terrible start to the season and really positive result would give me a huge confidence boost going into the rest of the season.”

Thomson stormed out of the blocks at the Silkeborg Ry Golf Club to card a fine eight under par opening effort of 64 to take a two shot lead over Matt Baldwin, Christiaan Bezuidenhout, Lukas Bjerregaard, Josh Geary and Brett Rumford.

While Thomson was forging his way to the top of the leaderboard, the Ryder Cup subplot at the Made in Denmark began to develop in earnest.

Olesen made a fast start in his bid to retain the eighth and final automatic qualifying spot to Bjørn’s team. The 28 year old Dane needs to finish in a tie for seventh place with one other player or better to guarantee a Ryder Cup debut.

One under through three holes, Olesen looked to be in control but lost momentum and dropped four strokes before two birdies in his last three holes saved the round and saw the Dane finish on one over par.

The two men who can pass Olesen to qualify for the Ryder Cup Team – the English duo of Matt Fitzpatrick and Eddie Pepperel – both need to win this week. Pepperel, playing with Bjørn, matched the Ryder Cup Captain’s two under 70; while Fitzpatrick had to settle for a level par 72.

“The swing didn't feel at all good at times," said Pepperel, "I hit some very good shots, the back-to-back five woods (on the 11th and 12th) I'll probably remember for the rest of my life – I might have to retire that club after those two."

“He (Bjørn) has still got it, I enjoy watching Thomas whenever I get the opportunity to play with him and Martin (Kaymer). These guys I've watched on telly for years so I'm beyond the point of nerves playing with these guys and still in awe to a degree."

“It (the Ryder Cup) is probably more an inspiration, I wouldn't say a distraction. I'm still very focused on my game, I don't think it's affected my score today and I don't think it will affect my score moving forward, for the good or for the bad. I've still got to hit good golf shots. I've got to win this golf tournament so if I want to do that I've got to play better than I have done today, I've got to start to feel more comfortable with my swing and that's were all my focus is really lying. It's not really on my mind.”

Fitzpatrick was playing alongside Ryder Cup Vice Captain Robert Karlsson, a man who had reason to celebrate his first round in Denmark as he became the first Swedish player (and only the 11th player in history) to reach the landmark achievement of 600 European Tour appearances.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-8
64
T2
Brett Rumford
AUS
-6
66
T2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
66
T2
Hunter Stewart
USA
-6
66
T2
Josh Geary
NZL
-6
66
T2
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
66
T2
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-6
66
T8
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
67
T8
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
67
T8
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-5
67
T8
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-5
67
T8
Robert Rock
ENG
-5
67
T8
Ryan Evans
ENG
-5
67
T8
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
67
T8
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-5
67
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
67
T17
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
68
T17
Jason Norris
AUS
-4
68
T17
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
T17
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
68
T17
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
68
T17
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
68
T17
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
68
T17
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
68
T17
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-4
68
T17
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
68
T27
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
69
T27
Danny Willett
ENG
-3
69
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-3
69
T27
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
69
T27
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T27
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-3
69
T27
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
-3
69
T27
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
-3
69
T27
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-3
69
T27
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
69
T27
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-3
69
T27
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
69
T39
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
70
T39
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
70
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-2
70
T39
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
70
T39
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T39
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
70
T39
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-2
70
T39
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
70
T39
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
T39
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
70
T39
Nick Cullen
AUS
-2
70
T39
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
70
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
T39
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T53
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
T53
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
T53
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
71
T53
Bradley Neil
SCO
-1
71
T53
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
71
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
71
T53
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
71
T53
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
71
T53
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T53
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
71
T53
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
T53
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
71
T53
Matias Calderon
CHI
-1
71
T53
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
T53
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
71
T53
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
71
T53
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
71
T53
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
T71
Aksel Olsen
NOR
Par
72
T71
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
72
T71
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
72
T71
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
72
T71
Daniel Brooks
ENG
Par
72
T71
David Lipsky
USA
Par
72
T71
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
72
T71
Frederik Dreier
DEN
Par
72
T71
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
Par
72
T71
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
72
T71
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
72
T71
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
72
T71
Pep Angles
ESP
Par
72
T71
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
72
T71
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
72
T71
Robert Karlsson
SWE
Par
72
T71
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
72
T71
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
72
T71
Steve Webster
ENG
Par
72
T71
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
72
T71
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
72
T71
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
72
T93
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
73
T93
David Horsey
ENG
1
73
T93
Doug Ghim
USA
1
73
T93
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
73
T93
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
73
T93
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
73
T93
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
73
T93
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
73
T93
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
73
T93
Marcus Armitage
ENG
1
73
T93
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
73
T93
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
73
T93
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T93
Simon Khan
ENG
1
73
T93
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T93
Thomas Noerret
DEN
1
73
T93
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T110
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
74
T110
Gary Stal
FRA
2
74
T110
Gavin Green
MAS
2
74
T110
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
74
T110
Marcel Siem
GER
2
74
T110
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
74
T110
Michael Jonzon
SWE
2
74
T110
Oscar Serna
MEX
2
74
T110
Rak Cho
KOR
2
74
T110
Richard Green
AUS
2
74
T110
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
74
T110
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
74
T110
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
74
T123
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
3
75
T123
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
75
T123
Daniel Im
USA
3
75
T123
Danthai Boonma
THA
3
75
T123
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
75
T123
Jonas Blixt
SWE
3
75
T123
Oliver Farr
WAL
3
75
T123
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
3
75
T131
David Howell
ENG
4
76
T131
Jacob Glennemo
SWE
4
76
T131
John Daly
USA
4
76
T131
Lee Slattery
ENG
4
76
T131
Mark Foster
ENG
4
76
T131
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
4
76
T131
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
4
76
T131
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
4
76
T131
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
76
T140
Connor Syme
SCO
5
77
T140
Florian Fritsch
GER
5
77
T142
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
6
78
T142
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
6
78
T144
Andrew Dodt
AUS
7
79
T144
Jack Munro
AUS
7
79
T144
Scott Hend
AUS
7
79
RET
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
Par
84
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
-8
64
T2
Brett Rumford
AUS
-6
66
T2
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
-6
66
T2
Hunter Stewart
USA
-6
66
T2
Josh Geary
NZL
-6
66
T2
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
-6
66
T2
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
-6
66
T8
Erik Van Rooyen
RSA
-5
67
T8
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
-5
67
T8
Jazz Janewattananond
MAS
-5
67
T8
Richard McEvoy
ENG
-5
67
T8
Robert Rock
ENG
-5
67
T8
Ryan Evans
ENG
-5
67
T8
Sam Horsfield
ENG
-5
67
T8
Scott Fernandez
ESP
-5
67
T8
Thomas Detry
BEL
-5
67
T17
David Drysdale
SCO
-4
68
T17
Jason Norris
AUS
-4
68
T17
Joakim Lagergren
SWE
-4
68
T17
Lee Westwood
ENG
-4
68
T17
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
-4
68
T17
Matt Wallace
ENG
-4
68
T17
Matthew Southgate
ENG
-4
68
T17
Nicolas Colsaerts
BEL
-4
68
T17
Pedro Oriol
ESP
-4
68
T17
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
-4
68
T27
Ashley Chesters
ENG
-3
69
T27
Danny Willett
ENG
-3
69
T27
Fabrizio Zanotti
PAR
-3
69
T27
Gregory Havret
FRA
-3
69
T27
James Morrison
ENG
-3
69
T27
Nicolai Hoejgaard
DEN
-3
69
T27
Nicolai Tinning
DNK
-3
69
T27
Niklas Noergaard Moeller
DEN
-3
69
T27
Pontus Widegren
SWE
-3
69
T27
Richie Ramsay
SCO
-3
69
T27
Scott Vincent
ZIM
-3
69
T27
Thomas Pieters
BEL
-3
69
T39
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-2
70
T39
Ashun Wu
CHI
-2
70
T39
Chase Koepka
USA
-2
70
T39
Chris Hanson
ENG
-2
70
T39
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
-2
70
T39
Haydn Porteous
RSA
-2
70
T39
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-2
70
T39
Jordan Smith
ENG
-2
70
T39
Justin Walters
RSA
-2
70
T39
Marc Warren
SCO
-2
70
T39
Nick Cullen
AUS
-2
70
T39
Steven Brown
ENG
-2
70
T39
Thomas Bjorn
DEN
-2
70
T39
Tom Lewis
ENG
-2
70
T53
Adam Bland
AUS
-1
71
T53
Adrien Saddier
SCO
-1
71
T53
Bradley Dredge
WAL
-1
71
T53
Bradley Neil
SCO
-1
71
T53
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
-1
71
T53
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
-1
71
T53
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
-1
71
T53
Hideto Tanihara
JPN
-1
71
T53
Jason Scrivener
AUS
-1
71
T53
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
-1
71
T53
Lasse Jensen
DNK
-1
71
T53
Laurie Canter
ENG
-1
71
T53
Matias Calderon
CHI
-1
71
T53
Matthias Schwab
AUT
-1
71
T53
Oliver Fisher
ENG
-1
71
T53
Paul Peterson
USA
-1
71
T53
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
-1
71
T53
Richard Sterne
RSA
-1
71
T71
Aksel Olsen
NOR
Par
72
T71
Austin Connelly
CAN
Par
72
T71
Charlie Ford
ENG
Par
72
T71
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
Par
72
T71
Daniel Brooks
ENG
Par
72
T71
David Lipsky
USA
Par
72
T71
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
Par
72
T71
Frederik Dreier
DEN
Par
72
T71
Joachim B. Hansen
DEN
Par
72
T71
Mark Tullo
CHL
Par
72
T71
Matthew Fitzpatrick
ENG
Par
72
T71
Matthew Millar
AUS
Par
72
T71
Pep Angles
ESP
Par
72
T71
Peter Hanson
SWE
Par
72
T71
Richard Bland
ENG
Par
72
T71
Robert Karlsson
SWE
Par
72
T71
Sam Brazel
AUS
Par
72
T71
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
Par
72
T71
Steve Webster
ENG
Par
72
T71
Tapio Pulkkanen
FIN
Par
72
T71
Thomas Aiken
RSA
Par
72
T71
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
Par
72
T93
Anders Hansen
DEN
1
73
T93
David Horsey
ENG
1
73
T93
Doug Ghim
USA
1
73
T93
Gaganjeet Bhullar
IND
1
73
T93
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
1
73
T93
Jeff Winther
SWE
1
73
T93
Jens Dantorp
SWE
1
73
T93
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
1
73
T93
Julien Guerrier
FRA
1
73
T93
Marcus Armitage
ENG
1
73
T93
Martin Kaymer
GER
1
73
T93
Matthew Nixon
ENG
1
73
T93
Romain Wattel
FRA
1
73
T93
Simon Khan
ENG
1
73
T93
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
1
73
T93
Thomas Noerret
DEN
1
73
T93
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T110
Clement Sordet
FRA
2
74
T110
Gary Stal
FRA
2
74
T110
Gavin Green
MAS
2
74
T110
Lucas Herbert
AUS
2
74
T110
Marcel Siem
GER
2
74
T110
Marcus Fraser
AUS
2
74
T110
Michael Jonzon
SWE
2
74
T110
Oscar Serna
MEX
2
74
T110
Rak Cho
KOR
2
74
T110
Richard Green
AUS
2
74
T110
Sebastian Heisele
GER
2
74
T110
Sebastien Gros
FRA
2
74
T110
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
2
74
T123
Ajeetesh Sandhu
IND
3
75
T123
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
3
75
T123
Daniel Im
USA
3
75
T123
Danthai Boonma
THA
3
75
T123
Dean Burmester
RSA
3
75
T123
Jonas Blixt
SWE
3
75
T123
Oliver Farr
WAL
3
75
T123
Rasmus Hoejgaard
DEN
3
75
T131
David Howell
ENG
4
76
T131
Jacob Glennemo
SWE
4
76
T131
John Daly
USA
4
76
T131
Lee Slattery
ENG
4
76
T131
Mark Foster
ENG
4
76
T131
Mikael Lundberg
SWE
4
76
T131
Morten Orum Madsen
DEN
4
76
T131
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
4
76
T131
Zander Lombard
RSA
4
76
T140
Connor Syme
SCO
5
77
T140
Florian Fritsch
GER
5
77
T142
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
6
78
T142
Jaco Van Zyl
RSA
6
78
T144
Andrew Dodt
AUS
7
79
T144
Jack Munro
AUS
7
79
T144
Scott Hend
AUS
7
79
RET
Petr Gal Jr.
CZE
Par
84