Thorbjørn Olesen hopes the big crowds at the inaugural Made in Denmark can spur him on to challenge for his second European Tour win.
The 24 year old, like many of his countrymen competing in this tournament, has not featured in a European Tour event on home soil with the last one being held there in 2003.
But with more than 70,000 spectators expected at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort, Europe’s largest golf resort, Olesen is keen to significantly improve on his tied 30th place finish at the US PGA Championship last week.
“Hopefully I will get some good support while I’m out there and it will help me play some better golf,” he said.
“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.”
Olesen’s only victory on The Race to Dubai came at the 2012 Sicilian Open.
At the start of this year he showed some fine form by finishing tied third at the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters and joint fifth in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
He has not had the same success of late on the European Tour, but is enjoying the added interest in him and his countrymen.
“The pressure is increased this week. The people are hoping for us Danish guys to be in contention and be up there on Saturday and Sunday with a chance to win,” he added.
“There’s a bit more pressure, but hopefully we can deal with it in a good way and it will help us play better.”
Olesen splits his time between the European Tour and the PGA Tour. Therefore, visits to his homeland are relatively rare.
“It’s a bit away from home for me, but it is still my country and I’ve been here a few times,” he explained. “It’s nice to see people again and see some old friends.
“So it is great to be here and I think it is really going to kick off from tomorrow. I’m looking forward to the tournament starting and getting out on the course.
“In Denmark people are really good at supporting their own guys. It’s a long time since we had a European Tour event in this country so the people are excited to get out there and see some Danish golfers and some of the other guys.
“Hopefully they will be cheering us on and hopefully some of us can shoot some good scores.”