Horsey two ahead in Denmark

STYAL’S David Horsey will take a two-shot lead into the final round as he looks to win a second Made in Denmark title tomorrow.

On a day of low scoring at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, the 2015 champion produced the lowest round of them all with a 64 to get to 14 under and lead the way from American Julian Suri.

Another American was delighting the crowds as two-time Major champion John Daly rolled back the years to match Suri’s 65 and sit at 11 under alongside English duo Chris Paisley and Robert Rock and Frenchman Grégory Havret.

Local favourite Thorbjørn Olesen was then at ten under alongside Australian Wade Ormsby and English trio Aaron Rai – playing his first European Tour event since gaining his card with his third Challenge Tour win of the season – Matt Wallace and Steve Webster.

Frenchman Benjamin Hebert was at nine under after a remarkable day of movement on the leaderboard in Farsø that saw every player in the top 12 have a share of the lead at some point with the exceptions of Ormsby and Rock.

Horsey did not have the best start to the season, missing four of his first five cuts, but he has missed just two since with three top tens as he seeks a fifth European Tour win.

He turned in 33 with birdies on the fourth, eighth and ninth and when he hit a brilliant tee-shot into the par three tenth he was in a tie for the lead. Another birdie on the 13th again had him in a share as the battle for top spot ebbed and flowed but an excellent approach to the 15th saw him move out of the pack.

The 32 year old’s iron play had been exemplary all day and he hit 18 greens in regulation, with his approach on the penultimate hole leaving him eight feet for another birdie and a two-shot lead.

Horsey said: “It was good fun out there. The conditions were fairly benign so there was a score out there today. I managed to give myself a few chances, missed a few short ones but holed a couple of 20-footers as well so it evened itself out.

“I really like this golf course, something about it suits my eye so I come in here with good vibes again and the atmosphere coming up 16 is something else, it must be like walking out in a football stadium with 70,000 people cheering for you. I actually said to my caddie, I think I was more nervous on that putt on 16 than I was to win the tournament two years ago!

“Leading by two means I’ll just focus on myself and go out and play the same sort of golf as I have today. It would be nice to add another Made in Denmark trophy to the cabinet so we’ll see what we can do.”

 

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