Warren holds on for third Tour win

Scotland’s Marc Warren sealed his third European Tour victory – and first since 2007 – at the inaugural Made in Denmark on Sunday.

The 33-year-old closed with two strong rounds of 66 and 68 over the weekend to finish on nine under par, two shots clear of Welshman Bradley Dredge.

Halfway-leader Dredge gave it his all but had to settle for a final-round 70 that didn’t prove quite enough to unseat the leader.

Warren took full advantage of slightly calmer conditions at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort to mix five birdies and two bogeys in his 68.

His final bogey came at the 18th, where he teed off knowing he enjoyed a three-shot cushion and the job was all but done.

“It feels incredible,” Warren said. “I felt the last 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 fell more confident that I’ve ever done.

“I felt great from the start today and felt I could be aggressive. I continued in that fashion all day and went at the flags. I was staying patient and not getting aggressive with the putter. Looking back at the Scottish Open a couple of years ago I was a bit aggressive, so I’ve learned. I just tried to keep the confidence going and tell myself to commit to the shot and trust my swing, which I did right until the last hole.”

Dredge’s final-round challenge started poorly, as he bogeyed three of the first seven holes amid one birdie to drop back to four under.

He came back strongly with four more birdies on the back nine, but the bogeys kept coming as well, and in the end his dropped shots at 16 and 18 proved the difference.

Third place went to England’s Phillip Archer, who closed with a 69 to finish on four under, five back, while home hero Thomas Bjorn claimed a share of fourth place on three under alongside English duo Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell after all three shot 69s.

Bjorn attracted a large following among impressive crowds throughout the first European Tour event in Denmark since 2003.

Not even an hour-and-15-minute rain delay before the leaders started their last round could put off the spectators.