Warren admits Ryder Cup hopes following victory in Denmark
Post by Sports Writer Derek Clements
IT HAS been a long time coming, but nobody should be surprised by Marc Warren's two-shot win at the Made in Denmark (what a ridiculous title for a golf tournament) at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.
This was Warren's first victory on the European Tour since the 2007 Johnnie Walker championship at Gleneagles, but the Scot has been in sparkling form all summer. He nearly won the Scottish Open at Royal Aberdeen in July, played well at The Open and finished in a tie for 15th place at the US PGA Championship at Valhalla.
Warren finished with a closing round of 68 for a nine-under-par winning total of 275, while Bradley Dredge, of Wales, with whom he shared the overnight lead, was runner-up after a battling round of 70.
Englishman Philip Archer (69) was third on four under par while Thomas Bjorn (69) finished as the leading Dane on three under par, sharing fourth position with English pair Eddie Pepperell (69) and Oliver Fisher (69) and surely securing his place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.
Warren was thrilled with his performance. "It feels incredible," he said. "I felt the past couple of years I’ve been close to winning a couple of times but for whatever reason it hasn’t quite happened for me, whether I’ve made mistakes or someone else has played really well.
"This summer I feel more confident that I’ve ever done. I kept telling myself I was swinging the club really well and I was confident in what I was doing. I was happy to see the wind come up as it would be difficult for someone to come out the pack.”
Warren's victory, his third on tour, was achieved in difficult conditions, but he was always in control of his game.
"In a way there are mixed feelings in that if someone said they’d give me second at the beginning of the week it is a great result, considering I’ve not had a chance to win in a long time," Dredge said. "But it was a chance to win a tournament. Marc did play really well and I didn’t play well enough, but it would have been nice to have pushed him a little harder coming down the last few.”
Bjorn knew that he had to get off to a good start if he was to have any chance of winning in front of his home fans. !I was quite determined when I got out there today and got the good start I wanted. I just ran dry on the greens. It wasn’t to be. I thought if I could rattle off a few birdies I could apply some pressure.
"The greens were where I struggled this week. I drove the ball fantastic and there are a lot of good things to build on. I always say if you finish top ten in a golf tournament you have played pretty well. I did that this week, but it wasn’t to be.”
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