The gifted young Dane talks Chinese hotdogs, his Olympics dream and a table-tennis star friend who is big in China in this blog from the Volvo China Open for europeantour.com.
It’s my first time in Beijing this week so I think I will be visiting the Great Wall, definitely. It would be a shame to miss it when you’re so close. I’m looking forward to it, it’s obviously one of the big places to see in the world.
It was my first round on this course today and I think it’s great. It looks pretty new and the greens are very tricky, very slopey, and there are a few dangerous run-offs, so you need to be really good with your irons to make a good score here. The fairways are pretty wide so it’s definitely a second-shot golf course. The putts are obviously going to be tricky too, so you will need to have some patience and control over your pace.
There is a Danish hotdog store here beside the clubhouse but I haven’t tried it yet. In Denmark we are very famous for our hotdogs. If they make them here as good as they do at home I’ll definitely be eating a few this week.
I feel like I’m hitting a good run of form now going into the summer. I’ve been working hard, I changed coach five or six months ago and I have been working on some different things. I had a couple of good weeks in the Middle East earlier in the year and then a few weeks in London – where I live – where I worked a lot and I feel my game was really good in Spain and Shenzhen. So I feel pretty confident and I feel like I’m swinging the club a lot better, so I’m excited to hopefully play well this week.
It’s one of my big goals this year to qualify for the Olympic Games and I’m in at the moment. I think it would be awesome to be a part of it. It’s something I’ve grown up watching, seeing all the different kinds of sports. There is so much history and it’s so special – it is great that golf is now a part of it. So now that I have a chance to play in it, it is definitely a big goal to go there, get a good feel for the atmosphere and try to win a medal for my country. In golf we never really play specifically for our country so to go to the Olympics and play not only for myself but also for my country – trying to win a medal – I think it would be very special. Hopefully I can be there and compete, it would be a great experience.
Golf is still not the biggest of sports in Denmark but still has a lot of fans. Football is probably the biggest sport and handball too, but we’re definitely getting there. More and more people are playing golf in Denmark, reading about it and want to see how the guys are doing out here. Thomas Bjørn has done so much for the game at home, winning so many titles and being part of Ryder Cups, and now Søren Kjeldsen is in the top 40 in the world, competing in the Majors. People are definitely recognising that and watching the sport so it’s growing. There is more media attention now so hopefully it can keep on growing and golf can be one of those big sports in Denmark.
On the European Tour, there are a lot of smaller countries with not many players, so everyone socialises with people from other countries and you become close friends. You spend so much time out here in hotels and on the road, and you play with these guys every day, so you become friends with all the guys. But having said that, Denmark has about eight or nine guys here playing on the European Tour this year so I would say that’s good for a country with such a small population. We all have a good a good friendship – they’re all young guys like me and we have a good laugh.
Michael Maze, a famous table-tennis player who has just retired and is quite famous over here, is a good friend of mine and I play a lot of golf with him. We spend a lot of time together and we were actually in Spain together a couple of months ago playing golf. He just started playing a couple of years ago but he is addicted now – he almost plays more golf that me. His handicap is 14. He’s a great guy and obviously very good at table-tennis. I tried to have a few games with him but it’s not much fun!”.