Scotland’s Marc Warren ruled himself out of the reckoning for a Ryder Cup wild card despite claiming his first European Tour title for seven years at the inaugural Made in Denmark event yesterday.
Warren began the day tied for the lead with Wales’ Bradley Dredge, but carded a closing 68 in front of massive crowds at Himmerland Golf Resort to win by two shots on nine under par.
Dredge, who had been four shots clear at the halfway stage, claimed second place after a round of 70, with England’s Phillip Archer three shots further back in third and home favourite Thomas Bjorn joint fourth with English pair Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell.
Warren moved to 20th on the Race to Dubai and 23rd in the European Ryder Cup points list, but is not expecting a call from captain Paul McGinley, despite having won on the Centenary Course at Gleneagles which hosts the biennial event at the end of September.
“That’s not really in my thinking,” Warren said. “I think that ship has sailed, I’ve left it a little bit too late. But I’ve been absolutely delighted with the summer I’ve had and I’m sure the team will be strong enough to get the job done without me.”
One player who can look forward to Gleneagles is Bjorn, who feels he has done enough to qualify with just two events remaining. “I think I am there,” Bjorn said. “I’m definitely taking next week off and will speak to Paul (McGinley) tonight or tomorrow and see what his thinking is.
“I’ll take a good close look at the (points) list tomorrow but at the moment I feel like I need a couple of weeks off and I feel I am pretty much there.”
Warren had suffered a number of near misses since the second of his Tour wins in the Johnnie Walker Championship in 2007, most notably squandering a three-shot lead with four holes to play in the Scottish Open in 2012.
But the 33-year-old kept his composure despite a sustained challenge from Dredge, who got within three shots of his playing partner on three separate occasions on the back nine. “It feels incredible,” Warren said.
Malton’s Simon Dyson (77 69 70 69) finished 10 shots off the winner.