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Sunday, 02 September 2018
Day 4 highlights - Made in Denmark

Matt Wallace prevailed from a four-man play-off to win his third European Tour title of the season at the Made in Denmark as local hero Thorbjørn Olesen sealed his place on the Ryder Cup Team.

Wallace birdied five of his last six holes in a 67 to get to 19 under alongside fellow Englishmen Steven Brown, Jonathan Thomson and Lee Westwood before gains on both extra trips up the last handed him a fourth European Tour win at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.

Brown and Wallace both put their approaches inside six feet on the first play-off hole for a pair of birdies before Wallace went even closer on the next with Brown only able to make a par.

In the battle for a place in Thomas Bjørn's Team to take on the United States later this month, Matthew Fitzpatrick carded an excellent closing 66 to get to 16 under and a tie for seventh but that was not enough to dislodge Olesen from the final qualifying spot.

The Dane carded a 68 to finish at 11 under and will now make his Ryder Cup debut in Paris alongside Tommy Fleetwood, Tyrrell Hatton, Rory McIlroy, Francesco Molinari, Alex Noren, Jon Rahm and Justin Rose.

Bjorn will name his four Captain's Picks on Wednesday and Wallace had been saying throughout the week that he wanted to put himself into the 15-time European Tour winner's plans.

Johan Edfors is the only player to win three times in a Ryder Cup year and not make the Team in 2006 and, after claiming his fourth win in 15 months and just 45 European Tour appearances, Hero Indian Open and BMW International Open champion Wallace revealed it would mean “everything” to get a Pick.

“I've stepped up to the mark and I've shown him exactly what I'm about,” he said. “If he doesn't pick me then that's absolutely fine but if he does, he knows he's going to get exactly that in his team.

“I set myself positions where I have to do things and, more often than not, I get it done. I'm very fortunate to have done it when I needed to in a few tournaments now.

“When my back's against the wall, I don't shy away from pushing myself off there and trying to get the job done and I kept saying to myself at the end there, 'you can make this, you have done everything to be able to make this putt', and I did it. Super happy.”

One man definitely heading to France is Vice Captain Westwood, who narrowly missed out on a 24th European Tour title, while for rookies Brown and Thomson, this week's performance will provide a major boost in their efforts to retain their playing privileges.

Westwood entered the day with a one-shot lead but was quickly joined at the top as playing partner Brown birdied from 15 feet on the first.

There was a two–shot swing on the third as Westwood birdied from six feet and Brown dropped a shot, and the 45 year old pulled away from his rivals on the front nine as he got on the par five eighth in two and spun an approach to six feet on the ninth.

Brown dropped another shot on the fourth but took advantage of the fifth and eighth, while Thompson sandwiched a bogey on the seventh with close-range gains on the fourth and ninth.

Wallace was even further back as he turned in level par but with Westwood's birdie on the 11th after coming out of the trees proving to be his last, the chasing pack closed in.

Thomson hit another nice approach into the tenth and also capitalised on the par five 11th but he dropped a shot on the 12th before holing from 18 feet on the 14th.

Brown and Wallace also birdied the tenth but while Brown followed that up with another gain on the 11th, Wallace dropped a shot on the 12th.

The 28 year old then went on an incredible run, holing a monster putt on the 13th, taking advantage of the par five next, holing from 18 feet on the 16th and hitting a stunning approach into the penultimate hole.

A Westwood three-putt on the 13th meant his lead was down to one and when Thomson holed from 15 feet on the 16th, Brown put his tee-shot to tap-in range on the par-three 15th and Wallace put an approach to eight feet on the last, the stage was set for the dramatic finale.

South Africa's Erik van Rooyen birdied three of his last four holes in a 65 to finish a shot out of the play-off and one ahead of local hero Lucas Bjerregaard, who delighted the home crowds with a chip-in eagle at the 12th in his 66.

Belgian Thomas Detry was then alongside Fitzpatrick, a shot ahead of Ashley Chesters and two clear of Sam Horsfield and Adrian Otaegui.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1WALLACE, MattENG18-19
T2THOMSON, JonathanENG18-19
T2WESTWOOD, LeeENG18-19
T2BROWN, StevenENG18-19
5VAN ROOYEN, ErikRSA18-18
6BJERREGAARD, LucasDEN18-17

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