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Made in Himmerland preview and betting card by Ashley Wilkes

Updated: Sep 3, 2022

Eddie Pepperell has hit some form as of late.

Made in Himmerland Golf Tips

Eddie Pepperell 30/1 1.5pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Marcus Armitage 45/1 1pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Ewen Ferguson 55/1 0.75pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Ross Fisher 66/1 0.75pt e/w 7 places – Betfair/Paddy Power

Sebastian Soderberg 70/1 0.75pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Joachim B. Hansen 100/1 0.25pt e/w 8 places – Bet 365

Another week and another return for the article with a full place secured by Antoine Rozner. His putting was once again abysmal, but he did enough with his ball striking to secure a tie for fourth. This week we make the trip to Denmark for the Made in Himmerland tournament held at Himmerland Golf Resort. Bernd Wiesberger won here last year dismantling the field and the course to win by 5 shots with a score of -21. As is commonly the case here he won the tournament by impressive approach play and being tidy around the greens. This year we have the potential for some windy conditions and therefore I’m teaming excellent approach play with players who are skilled at dealing with the wind.

It's not that often that you have a tournament with no one shorter than 20/1 but we do here, and it shows just how wide open it is. I’m happy to ignore most of the top of the market because I think the real value is in the 45-70/1 range this week, however one I can’t ignore is Eddie Pepperell. I really think he should be one of the joint-favourites this week, he comes into this tournament with the best approach play in the field over the last 4-6 weeks and we know from his British Masters and Qatar Masters victories he’s skilled at dealing with the wind. Last time out he secured a top 10 on a Czech Masters layout which has been dominated by bombers recently so back at a course which is more his length, and he has a great chance. While his course form doesn’t scream off the page, he does have a 4th place finish here if you go back as far as 2014. I’m willing to look past this though because this is a course that should really suit his game, short, premium on approach play and often difficult weather conditions scream Eddie Pepperell to me.

Next up we have two brilliant ball strikers Marcus Armitage and Ewen Ferguson. Armitage was my selection back at the British Masters and he held the lead going into the final day, but he really struggled in front of home crowds. He will learn from that experience and next time he’s in contention I expect a much better performance. Since then, he’s qualified for the 150th Open and made the cut and proceeded to put up some excellent ball striking numbers without really challenging for any tournament. He’s adept in the wind and managed a top 5 at this year’s Qatar Masters where the wind really blew on the final day. The winner of that event Ewen Ferguson was this article’s first winner 3 weeks ago and could be the second winner for the article as well at 55/1. I have spoken consistently about how good his approach play is and while he had a drop-off last week it can be forgiven as it was his first start back after a win. When 55/1 is available two-time season winner Ewen Ferguson, only 28/1 is available on yet-to-win Connor Syme, while I’m a fan of Syme this doesn’t make any sense to me. Ferguson has proved he has the minerals to close it out when he needs to and if his approach play is back to the standard of the last 3 months he can go well again here.

Next up are Ross Fisher and Sebastian Soderberg. I’ve been put off backing Fisher this season as he hasn’t won since 2014 on tour and while each way returns are nice it’s winners we’re really after. However, this week I’m pulling the trigger, his approach play continues to impress, and he’s always been a decent wind player. The one concern is the putter but I’m hoping these slow greens on which notoriously bad putter Wiesberger has won twice might level the playing field somewhat. The continuity candidate this week is Sebastian Soderberg, he’s now been tipped 3 weeks in a row and it’s because he continues to play well without the market really responding. A fast-finishing tie for 14th last week has not resulted in a significant cut to his price this week with 70/1 available at the time of writing. You have to go back to May to find the last time he lost strokes on approach on the DP World Tour, alongside this he has solid wind credentials highlighted by his strong 5th place finish at a windy Dutch Open earlier this year.

Finally, Joachim B. Hansen is the final selection this week for small stakes. Hansen has been in poor form for much of the year missing 9 of 19 cuts, including 6 of his last 7 events before last week. However, last week was much improved and it was only a poor first round that stopped him from contending finishing with 65,68,64 in Rounds 2-4. He’s a previous winner here at Himmerland and 100/1 seems more than fair if last week wasn’t just a flash in the pan.

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