Made in Denmark Challenge R3

Jordan’s strong campaign rolls on in Denmark

August 07-10
Silkeborg Ry Golfklub (Ry Course), Skanderborg, Denmark
€200,000
Round 1, Round 2, Round 4


Matthew Jordan’s breakout season continues as he takes a share of the lead into the final round of the Made in Denmark Challenge – Presented by FREJA.

Made in Denmark Challenge R3 - Jordan’s strong campaign rolls on in Denmark
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The 23-year-old, who is playing in his first season on the European Challenge Tour, has carded opening rounds of 65-68-66 to sit in a five-way tie for the lead on 17 under par.

The Englishman began his campaign for a European Tour card on a high note, with a top ten finish at the season-opening Turkish Airlines Challenge.

The Merseyside native then announced himself to the golfing world in May when he took the first round lead at the Betfred British Masters just minutes from where he grew up.

With wind in his sails, Jordan notched consecutive top tens on the Challenge Tour in France and Spain before capturing his first victory at the Italian Challenge Open Eneos Motor Oil in June.


Currently occupying the third position on the Rankings, a win tomorrow would go a long way towards cementing his European Tour card, but he acknowledges there is still much to be done at Ry Golfklub Silkeborg, where scoring has been low all week, and his game plan will remain unchanged.

“Within myself, I’m trying to play as aggressively as possible without being silly,” he said. “Whether I’m last or first, to be honest I’m still going to do the same thing.

“It’s difficult because you know everyone is making birdies out here and because everyone is, you put pressure on yourself then to try and make birdies.

“I think that’s the actual challenge this week, is to try and stay patient and try to be aggressive. You’ve got to make birdies otherwise it feels like you’re going backwards.”

Sharing the lead with Jordan is Roope Kakko, who was in front of the field for most of the day before a double-bogey on the 17th hole dropped him back to the field. Despite the miscue, Kakko remains happy to be competing after being hospitalised only two weeks ago with reactive arthritis.

“I wasn’t too disappointed after 17 to be honest,” the Finn said. “These things happen. It’s a long tournament, there’s one round to go and you can’t get too down on yourself.

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“I’m just happy to be playing tournament golf and to be tied for the lead. I’m just happy. I’m happy and I’ve got a great opportunity tomorrow.”

The low round of the day, and of the tournament so far, was carded by Richard Bland, who made ten birdies and an eagle on his way to an eleven under par 61, which moved him up 51 places into a share of the lead.

The 46-year-old Englishman is positioned ahead of Jordan in the Rankings, and a win tomorrow could move him to the top spot on.

Rounding out the five players who share the lead are Calum Hill—who has recorded a win and a tied-third place finish in his last two starts on the Callenge Tour—and Joel Sjöholm, who is also a proven winner on the Challenge Tour having won in 2017.

Much like its counterpart event on the European Tour, the Made in Denmark Challenge continues to break the mold. This year in Skanderborg, the field has been cut to the top 45 professionals and ties for the last day, which fell at ten under par.

Due to expected weather, the final round starting times have been moved up, and are set to begin at 7:30 am local time, from both the first and tenth tees, with the last group of Sjöholm, Bland and Hill set to go at 8:50 am.


Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
R2
R3
Total
1
BLAND Richard
ENG
-17
66
72
61
199
1
HILL Calum
SCO
-17
67
68
64
199
1
JORDAN Matthew
ENG
-17
65
68
66
199
1
KAKKO Roope
FIN
-17
65
66
68
199
1
SJÖHOLM Joel
SWE
-17
65
69
65
199
6
GALIANO AGUILAR Mario
ESP
-16
68
65
67
200
6
LENGDEN Oscar
SWE
-16
69
64
67
200
6
SCIOT-SIEGRIST Robin
FRA
-16
68
67
65
200
9
ANGLES Pep
ESP
-15
67
64
70
201
9
DAWSON Robin
IRL
-15
67
68
66
201
9
HANSON Chris
ENG
-15
68
65
68
201
9
HUIZING Daan
NED
-15
71
66
64
201
9
POKE Benjamin
DEN
-15
64
70
67
201
9
SCALISE Lorenzo
ITA
-15
68
66
67
201
9
VON DELLINGSHAUSEN Nicolai
GER
-15
68
68
65
201
16
AXELSEN (AM) John
DEN
-14
68
67
67
202
16
BESSELING Wil
NED
-14
67
68
67
202
16
COUSSAUD Ugo
FRA
-14
67
71
64
202
16
LAMPERT Moritz
GER
-14
65
69
68
202
16
LEON Hugo
CHI
-14
70
65
67
202
16
MCCARTHY Nick
ENG
-14
67
67
68
202
16
QUESNE Julien
FRA
-14
69
69
64
202
16
ROZNER Antoine
FRA
-14
70
68
64
202
24
BLOMSTRAND Christofer
SWE
-13
65
70
68
203
24
DE SOUSA Raphaël
SUI
-13
68
65
70
203
24
FARR Oliver
WAL
-13
68
65
70
203
24
FOOS Dominic
GER
-13
70
68
65
203
24
LAPORTA Francesco
ITA
-13
70
66
67
203
24
MATUS Stanislav
CZE
-13
69
67
67
203
24
SCHNEIDER Marcel
GER
-13
63
73
67
203
24
SIMONSEN Martin
DEN
-13
66
68
69
203
24
STUREHED Henric
SWE
-13
66
70
67
203
24
VIRTO Borja
ESP
-13
66
71
66
203
34
BOURDY Grégory
FRA
-12
67
67
70
204
34
ENOCH Rhys
WAL
-12
67
70
67
204
34
EVANS Ryan
ENG
-12
70
67
67
204
34
SYME Connor
SCO
-12
70
68
66
204
34
VAN MEIJEL Lars
NED
-12
68
67
69
204
34
ZUNIC Jordan
AUS
-12
71
66
67
204
40
EJLERSEN (AM) Anders Emil
DEN
-11
67
70
68
205
40
GLENNEMO Jacob
SWE
-11
73
64
68
205
40
HOWIE Craig
SCO
-11
64
74
67
205
40
LOPES Vitor
POR
-11
68
67
70
205
40
OVESEN Martin
DEN
-11
66
69
70
205
40
VEYRET Victor
FRA
-11
70
65
70
205
46
LIMA José-Filipe
POR
-10
68
69
69
206
46
PORTEOUS Garrick
ENG
-10
65
68
73
206
46
ROBB Chris
SCO
-10
68
68
70
206
46
ROBINSON Liam
ENG
-10
69
68
69
206
46
SENIOR Jack
ENG
-10
68
69
69
206
46
YOUNG Mark
ENG
-10
64
71
71
206
52
CAREY David
IRL
-9
68
68
71
207
52
GARCIA-HEREDIA Alfredo
ESP
-9
68
70
69
207
52
Hundebøll JØRGENSEN Oliver
DEN
-9
67
70
70
207
52
JOHANSEN Eirik Tage
NOR
-9
70
68
69
207
52
LAFEBER Maarten
NED
-9
71
67
69
207
57
BOOTE David
WAL
-8
67
67
74
208
57
HOST (AM) August Thor
DEN
-8
68
69
71
208
57
NEMECZ Lukas
AUT
-8
70
68
70
208
57
NIENABER Wilco
RSA
-8
69
68
71
208
61
COCKERILL Aaron
CAN
-7
71
67
71
209
62
ECCLES Ben
AUS
-6
72
65
73
210
62
HAASTRUP Mark Flindt
DEN
-6
67
71
72
210
62
JOHANSSON Niclas
SWE
-6
70
68
72
210
62
NEIL Bradley
SCO
-6
72
65
73
210
62
ROSS Craig
SCO
-6
67
71
72
210
67
DEAN Joe
ENG
-4
68
70
74
212
68
LINARD Thomas
FRA
-2
69
69
76
214