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Thorbjorn Olesen relishing return to Denmark

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Thorbjorn Olesen is looking forward to returning to home soil when the first Made In Denmark gets underway this week at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.

It will be the first European Tour event in more than a decade to be played in Denmark when Ian Poulter beat Colin Montgomerie by a single shot to win the Nordic Open in 2003.

Crucial timing

With only three more events remaining for players to earn points for automatic qualification for a Ryder Cup spot, this event in Denmark comes at a crucial point.

There is a strong Danish theme in the field as five players hope to win the event on home soil. Olesen and Thomas Bjorn will both look continue their form from Valhalla last week as they each finished in respectable positions in the US PGA Championship.

Olesen finished in a tie for 30th at the final major of the year and is looking forward to the home support he will receive.

“Hopefully I will get some good support while I’m out there and it will help me play some better golf,” he told the European Tour website.

“I’ve never had that before, so I don’t know if it will, but I’m looking forward to trying it. There will be a lot of people out there watching me and normally I like that, so hopefully I can play some good golf for them.”

Strong Danish contingent

Along with Olesen and Bjorn are Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen, Soren Kjeldsen and Anders Hansen. The field also includes Nicolas Cosaerts, Chris Wood, Paul Lawrie, Peter Uihlein and Russian Open champion David Horsey.

Also competing in the Made in Denmark event is 22-year old Moritz Lampert. The German lost his Tour card in 2013 after just one season but has managed a hat-trick of wins of the Challenge Tour to earn back his place on the European Tour.

“Last year was tough,” admitted Lampert. “I put a lot of pressure on myself, but that attitude has changed. I take things a little easier.

“When I’m more relaxed, that is when I play my best. This week is going to be brutal though, with this wind. It’s going to be a good test of golf.”

Tough course

The Himmerland course looks likely to be a tough test this week as the 7,382 yard course consists of two par fives measuring more than 628 yards.

However, the 18th offers players a birdie opportunity if they can avoid the large pond on the right of the fairway with the hole measuring just 419 yards.

But the course is renown for it's water hazards, it's rolling fairways and the contoured greens which mean that shooting low scores could prove difficult throughout the event.

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