Residents of Denmark who turned up to the first Tier I European Tour tournament inside the country’s borders weren’t disappointed on Thursday as native son Thomas Bjorn fired a 5-under 66 to tie for the lead at Made in Demark.
Bjorn didn’t make a bogey on the round, and its tied for first with Chile’s Felipe Aguilar and Wales’ Bradley Dredge.
Aguilar threatened to run away and hide with the lead, recording five birdies on the front nine, including four in a row, but shot even par on the back nine. A high finish would be enormous for the Chilean, who currently sits 59th in the Top 60 players vying for a spot in the Race to Dubai year-end playoffs.
Dredge bogeyed his second hole of the day, then rattled off four birdies between No. 3-9.
Two other Danes are in the top 15 after the first 18 holes. Andreas Harto is tied for fifth with eight other players at 1-under. Ranked 630th in the world, Harto overcame an ugly stint of a bogey on 11 and a double on 12 by rallying with birdies on 16 and 17 to get to 70.
Meanwhile, Morten Orum Madsen is one of 15 players tied for 14th at even par. Seated 52nd in the Race to Dubai standings, Madsen was at 2-under through 10, but bogeyed 13 and 14 to come back to the pack.
The Golden Goat trophy goes to England’s Matthew Baldwin, who currently sits 43rd in the Race to Dubai standings. Baldwin recorded seven bogeys and one double bogey to finish with an 8-over 79, tying him for 140th.