Four years after banking the biggest cheque of his professional career, Daniel Gaunt has accepted an invitation to tee it up in this week’s Made in Denmark tournament on the European Tour.
It’s been almost three years since Gaunt last played in a European Tour event, which just so happened to be the Made in Denmark tournament in its former August date in 2016.
A year earlier Gaunt had won close to 100,000 pounds by finishing runner-up to David Horsey at Himmerland Golf and Spa Resort, the venue again this week after the 2018 event was played at the home club of Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.
A two-time winner on the European Challenge Tour, Gaunt has spent the past two years playing predominantly on the TP Tour, a tour that plays almost exclusively throughout England.
The 40-year-old also recently tied for 18th on the official satellite tour of the European Tour, the PGA EuroPro Tour, this week’s start a step up as he lines up alongside the likes of defending champion Matt Wallace, Lee Westwood and local hope Thorbjorn Olesen.
The addition of Gaunt – the only non-Danish invitee in the field – takes the total number of Australians playing this week to 10, joining Scott Hend, Wade Ormsby, Jason Scrivener, Lucas Herbert, Deyen Lawson, Nick Cullen, Jake McLeod, Adam Bland and Dimi Papadatos along with New Zealand’s Ryan Fox.
In one of only 10 starts on Europe’s main tour last year Cullen was the best of the Aussie contingent in a tie for 49th while Wade Ormsby returns after skipping last year hoping to recreate his 2017 performance where an opening round of 7-under 64 took him much of the way to a tie for sixth.
The European Challenge Tour is in the Czech Republic this week for the D+D REAL Czech Challenge at Kaskáda Golf Resort where Victorian Ben Eccles and New Zealand’s Josh Geary are flying the flag for the Australasians.
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