BLACKWOOD'S Bradley Dredge produced his best European Tour display in five years today, but had to settle for second place in the inaugural Made in Denmark European Tour event.
The 41-year old from Blackwood lost his European Tour card in 2012 and has been beset by injury and illness troubles in the past two years.
However, Dredge, who featured in Denmark on a medical exemption, incredibly managed to roll back the years and bagged himself a whopping €166,660 by finishing just two shots behind winner Marc Warren.
And even that requires some context, bearing in mind Dredge is returning from the wilderness while Warren is in the form of his career, having just finished 15th at the USPGA Championship.
Warren made it two impressive rounds in a row to hold off a strong challenge from Dredge.
On Saturday Warren defied gusts of up to 30mph to shoot a remarkable five under par 66 for a share of the overnight lead with Dredge at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort.
Warren capitalised on slightly lighter winds during the final round to shoot five birdies in a calm round of 68 for a competition score of nine under.
He was pushed all the way to his third European Tour title and first since winning the 2006 Omega European Masters by Dredge (also chasing a third European Tour win), who went round in 70 for seven under overall.
Dredge, the halfway leader, looked to have surrendered his challenge by bogeying three of the first seven holes on Sunday amid one birdie to drop back to four under.
Warren made two gains during that time to reach eight under but, after both birdied the par four eighth, suffered a bogey five at the next.
That encouraged Dredge, who picked up three shots in four holes from the 11th to move two behind the Scot.
However, Warren held that advantage, including with a monster putt at the par four 14th to match the Welshman’s birdie.
Warren and Dredge finished well clear of the rest, England’s Phillip Archer ending third on four under.
Home hero Thomas Björn was one shot back alongside Englishmen Oliver Fisher and Eddie Pepperell, who like Archer were all two under on Sunday.
Björn attracted a particularly large following among impressive crowds throughout the first European Tour event in Denmark since 2003.