Morten Orum Madsen trumped local favourites Charl Schwartzel and Hennie Otto at the 2013 South African Open Championship. This week at the inaugural Made in Denmark tournament Justin Walters would like to reverse that scenario and bring the Danish trophy home to South Africa.
There are 14 Danes competing at Himmerland Golf & Spa resort this week with reigning Nedbank Golf Challenge winner Thomas Bjorn leading the pack. His form throughout the 2014 season has been solid, which is represented by his rank of third in the Race to Dubai.
Madsen and Bjorn will both look for a home victory, but Walters has other plans.
The South African narrowly missed out on maiden European Tour win at the Joburg Open in February and was awarded the Challenge Tour graduate of the year award later in the season.
The 33-year-old recently became a father and played his first Open Championship one month ago. He’s matured as a player and in his personal life, which might just flick the switch that will make him a European Tour champion.
Plenty of young hopefuls will join Walters in the hunt. Rookies Thriston Lawrence and Haydn Porteous will be there, along with young gun Brandon Stone.
Sunshine Tour stalwarts Merrick Bremner and Oliver Bekker will also vie for the title, along with veterans James Kingston and Keith Horne.
Horne won Vodacom Origins of Golf St. Francis a fortnight ago and has the confidence to take another victory. His game was in check at the links setup at St. Francis and he’ll surely take a crack at European Tour victory.
There are a host of Europeans who have a shot at the title this week, including Belgian bomber Nicolas Colsaerts and England’s Chris Wood. While the 14 local players present a daunting task for the South Africans, there is little doubt that the likes of Walters will rise to the challenge.