Made in Denmark Challenge R2

Kakko enjoying competition again after painful ordeal

August 07-10
Silkeborg Ry Golfklub (Ry Course), Skanderborg, Denmark
€200,000
Round 1, Round 3, Round 4


Roope Kakko has been enjoying a return to form in his last two starts and now finds himself tied for the lead at the Made in Denmark Challenge – Presented by FREJA.

Made in Denmark Challenge R2 - Kakko enjoying competition again after painful ordeal
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The Finn’s resurgence, however, has also been marked by the return of a painful ailment which left him hospitalised following the Euram Bank Open in Austria.

“Two weeks ago, I was in the hospital because I have reactive arthritis in my legs,” he said. “I’ve been totally pain free for nine years, and then all of a sudden in Austria, my arthritis made a return.

“I was really, super sore on the weekend and barely managed to finish in Austria, and I thought, ‘okay, this is not good.’ But I got into a hospital straight away and I was there for two days.

“I got really great, proper treatment straight away. I didn’t think I would be able to play in Vierumäki, and I had to pull out of the Pro-Am.  I actually teed off in my sneakers for the first round.”


At last week’s Vierumäki Finnish Challenge, Kakko finished in a tie for third, just two shots behind eventual winner José-Filipe Lima, which marked his best result in over three years.

The 37-year-old credited his performance on the course to the perspective his painful ordeal had given him.

“For some reason, getting my arthritis back, it gave me the relaxation I needed,” he said. “I was just so happy to be out there last week. Just to play. The results weren’t as important as they had been before, or for a while now.

“Something just clicked and I felt at ease on the golf course. Just to be able to compete and play tournament golf. I realised how much I actually enjoy playing this game.”

The former European Tour winner has carried that form into the Made in Denmark Challenge. With opening rounds of 65-66, he shares the lead with Spaniard Pep Angles on 13 under par, and is ready for even more fun this weekend.

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“Playing in the final group, of course it’s going to be a little bit more tense, there’s no way around it,” Kakko said. “I’m going to be a little bit more nervous tomorrow, that’s for sure, but if I can keep the same attitude, and stay committed on every shot, then it comes down to what state of mind you’re in.”

Angles will be equally as hungry for success, as he currently occupies the 63rd position on the Challenge Tour Rankings, and will need a strong finish to move into the top 40 and qualify for the limited-field Rolex Trophy in two weeks’ time.

Following two separate weather delays totalling three hours and 15 minutes, the second round was suspended due to darkness and will be completed tomorrow at 8:00 am local time.

The projected cut, to the top 60 players and ties, at the Made in Denmark Challenge currently stands at six under par, which would be the lowest 36-hole cut of the season on the Challenge Tour.


Pos.
Player
Thru
To Par
R1
R2
Total
1
KAKKO, Roope
18
-13
65
66
131
ANGLES, Pep
18
-13
67
64
131
3
JORDAN, Matthew
18
-11
65
68
133
HANSON, Chris
18
-11
68
65
133
LENGDEN, Oscar
18
-11
69
64
133
DE SOUSA, Raphaël
18
-11
68
65
133
GALIANO AGUILAR, Mario
18
-11
68
65
133
PORTEOUS, Garrick
18
-11
65
68
133
FARR, Oliver
18
-11
68
65
133
10
LAMPERT, Moritz
18
-10
65
69
134
MCCARTHY, Nick
18
-10
67
67
134
BOURDY, Grégory
18
-10
67
67
134
SCALISE, Lorenzo
18
-10
68
66
134
SIMONSEN, Martin
18
-10
66
68
134
SJÖHOLM, Joel
18
-10
65
69
134
16
LOPES, Vitor
18
-9
68
67
135
SCIOT-SIEGRIST, Robin
18
-9
68
67
135
HILL, Calum
18
-9
67
68
135
LEON, Hugo
18
-9
70
65
135
BESSELING, Wil
18
-9
67
68
135
DAWSON, Robin
18
-9
67
68
135
VAN MEIJEL, Lars
18
-9
68
67
135
VEYRET, Victor
18
-9
70
65
135
OVESEN, Martin
18
-9
66
69
135
YOUNG, Mark
18
-9
64
71
135
BLOMSTRAND, Christofer
18
-9
65
70
135
AXELSEN (AM), John
18
-9
68
67
135
POKE, Benjamin
12
-9
64
64
29
STUREHED, Henric
18
-8
66
70
136
ROBB, Chris
18
-8
68
68
136
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN, Nicolai
18
-8
68
68
136
SCHNEIDER, Marcel
18
-8
63
73
136
LAPORTA, Francesco
18
-8
70
66
136
CAREY, David
18
-8
68
68
136
MATUS, Stanislav
12
-8
69
69
BOOTE, David
12
-8
67
67
37
EJLERSEN (AM), Anders Emil
18
-7
67
70
137
HOST (AM), August Thor
18
-7
68
69
137
ZUNIC, Jordan
18
-7
71
66
137
ECCLES, Ben
18
-7
72
65
137
EVANS, Ryan
18
-7
70
67
137
ENOCH, Rhys
18
-7
67
70
137
NEIL, Bradley
18
-7
72
65
137
NIENABER, Wilco
18
-7
69
68
137
GLENNEMO, Jacob
18
-7
73
64
137
SENIOR, Jack
18
-7
68
69
137
HUIZING, Daan
18
-7
71
66
137
LIMA, José-Filipe
18
-7
68
69
137
VIRTO, Borja
18
-7
66
71
137
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN, Oliver
18
-7
67
70
137
51
COCKERILL, Aaron
18
-6
71
67
138
LINARD, Thomas
18
-6
69
69
138
ROZNER, Antoine
18
-6
70
68
138
ROSS, Craig
18
-6
67
71
138
JOHANSEN, Eirik Tage
18
-6
70
68
138
HAASTRUP, Mark Flindt
18
-6
67
71
138
QUESNE, Julien
18
-6
69
69
138
GARCIA-HEREDIA, Alfredo
18
-6
68
70
138
HOWIE, Craig
18
-6
64
74
138
COUSSAUD, Ugo
18
-6
67
71
138
FOOS, Dominic
18
-6
70
68
138
NEMECZ, Lukas
18
-6
70
68
138
SYME, Connor
18
-6
70
68
138
BLAND, Richard
18
-6
66
72
138
LAFEBER, Maarten
18
-6
71
67
138
DEAN, Joe
15
-6
68
68
KIM, Minkyu
15
-6
66
66
68
KOEPKA, Chase
18
-5
68
71
139
HURLEY, Gary
18
-5
71
68
139
McGOWAN, Ross
18
-5
69
70
139
HULDAHL, Jeppe Pape
18
-5
70
69
139
FORD, Charlie
18
-5
71
68
139
FERNANDEZ, Scott
18
-5
67
72
139
FERGUSON, Ewen
18
-5
68
71
139
ROBINSON, Liam
15
-5
69
69
MACCARIO, Federico
15
-5
70
70
77
HENRY, Scott
18
-4
69
71
140
GLOET, Christian
18
-4
71
69
140
FENASSE, Mathieu
18
-4
69
71
140
GEYGER, Nico
18
-4
66
74
140
VAN WEST, Robbie
18
-4
68
72
140
MERONK, Adrian
18
-4
68
72
140
ERKENBECK, James
18
-4
71
69
140
MRUZEK, Filip
18
-4
69
71
140
JENSEN, Lasse
18
-4
69
71
140
GIRRBACH, Joel
18
-4
70
70
140
JOHANSSON, Niclas
12
-4
70
70
WRISDALE, Jordan
12
-4
70
70
89
GREGORY, Scott
18
-3
70
71
141
SCHWARTZ, Antoine
18
-3
70
71
141
KORINEK, Ales
18
-3
68
73
141
MANASSERO, Matteo
18
-3
73
68
141
EDBERG, Pelle
18
-3
70
71
141
TRAPPEL, Manuel
18
-3
71
70
141
WIEGELE, Martin
18
-3
69
72
141
ITEN, Marco
15
-3
73
73
HJORTH, Mikkel
12
-3
69
69
98
HIGGO, Garrick
18
-2
69
73
142
CRUZ, Tiago
18
-2
69
73
142
STEWART, Duncan
18
-2
70
72
142
FORD, Matt
18
-2
68
74
142
MADSEN, Morten Ørum
18
-2
71
71
142
HIDALGO, Angel
18
-2
74
68
142
PERRIER, Damien
18
-2
69
73
142
COUPLAND, Dave
18
-2
70
72
142
LANDO CASANOVA, Jérôme
18
-2
73
69
142
BRAEUNIG, Christian
12
-2
70
70
KÖLBING, Jonas
12
-2
73
73
109
EASTON, Bryce
18
-1
73
70
143
WHITNELL, Dale
18
-1
70
73
143
SAXTON, Reinier
18
-1
68
75
143
JOANNES, Hugues
18
-1
73
70
143
CLEMENTS, Todd
18
-1
74
69
143
DEL VAL, Samuel
18
-1
68
75
143
LACROIX, Frederic
18
-1
73
70
143
BALDWIN, Matthew
18
-1
71
72
143
HØJGAARD, Nicolai
18
-1
76
67
143
CUARTERO BLANCO, Emilio
12
-1
70
70
EGGENBERGER, Mathias
12
-1
68
68
120
ELVIRA, Manuel
18
Par
71
73
144
ABBOTT, Jamie
18
Par
71
73
144
BALTL, Timon
18
Par
73
71
144
MCGEE, Ruaidhri
18
Par
72
72
144
BERARDO, Clément
18
Par
70
74
144
HØJGAARD, Rasmus
18
Par
71
73
144
DAVID, Ben
18
Par
72
72
144
VALASEK, Peter
18
Par
74
70
144
BAEK, Peter Launer
15
Par
74
74
GEARY, Josh
12
Par
71
71
130
DE BONDT, Alan
18
1
73
72
145
GROS, Sébastien
18
1
75
70
145
SADDIER, Adrien
18
1
74
71
145
SARACINO, Andrea
12
1
73
73
BERNA MANZANARES, Daniel
12
1
69
69
135
GAGNE, Luis
18
2
73
73
146
SATAMA, Henri
18
2
74
72
146
MYLLYMAKI, Aleksi
12
2
71
71
MEJOW, Philipp
12
2
72
72
TARRIO BEN, Santiago
12
2
75
75
HELLIGKILDE, Marcus
12
2
72
72
141
VAN DOREN, Yente
18
3
74
73
147
THOMSON, Jonathan
18
3
71
76
147
LGUIRATI, Ayoub
18
3
71
76
147
YAMAC (AM), Taner
18
3
74
73
147
O’ROURKE, Conor
18
3
75
72
147
GALLIANO, Luca
18
3
74
73
147
147
ERIKSSON, Martin
18
4
75
73
148
TINNING, Nicolai
18
4
75
73
148
FRIEDRICHSEN (AM), Sebastian
18
4
76
72
148
GRADECKI, Mateusz
18
4
74
74
148
151
FORSSTRÖM, Simon
18
6
78
72
150
152
NEUMAYER, Bernard
18
13
75
82
157
153
KAPLAN (AM), Orkunhan
18
15
83
76
159
RETD
MADDY, Paul
Par
70
RETD
PIGEM, Carlos
Par
71
RETD
CHO, Rak hyun
3
72