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Made in Denmark 2016: Final Leaderboard Scores, Prize Money Payouts

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistAugust 28, 2016

AALBORG, DENMARK - AUGUST 25:  Thomas Pieters of Belgium acknowledges the crowd on the 9th hole during the first round of Made in Denmark at Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort on August 25, 2016 in Aalborg, Denmark.  (Photo by Andrew Redington/Getty Images)
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Thomas Pieters birdied his last three holes to emerge victorious in the European Tour's 2016 Made in Denmark event after one of the most exciting golf finishes of the year at the Himmerland Golf & Spa Resort in Farso, Denmark. 

Five players were within one stroke of the lead as the last two threesomes played the closing hole. Pieters, who was tied with Joakim Lagergren at 16 under, played the 18th to perfection, while his Swedish counterpart triple-bogeyed. None of the other contenders could hole out from the fairway to tie.

Here's a look at the final leaderboard and the prize money for the top 10 finishers:

2016 Made in Denmark: Final Tournament Scores and Payouts
PlaceGolferScoreEarnings
1Thomas Pieters-17€300,000
2Bradley Dredge-16€200,000
T-3Adrian Otaegui-15€101,340
T-3David Lipsky-15€101,340
5Joakim Lagergren-13€76,320
T-6Jaco Van Zyl-11€58,500
T-6Martin Kaymer-11€58,500
T-8Soren Kjeldsen-10€42,660
T-8Ricardo Gouveia-10€42,660
T-10Mikael Lundberg-9€33,360
T-10Paul Dunne-9€33,360
T-10Richard Sterne-9€33,360
EuropeanTour.com

Pieters opened the tournament with a dazzling nine-under 62 on Thursday. He played just two-under golf over the next two days, however, which left him as just one golfer among a crowded group heading into the final day, which was delayed by rain.

Then, just as it looked like his chances of winning were fading away, the 24-year-old Belgian started to put on a clinic. His approach shots on each of the last three holes were lasers that left him great looks for birdie, and he took advantage each time.

The European Tour highlighted the putt that clinched his victory:

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The European Tour @EuropeanTour

Huge. The winning putt for @Thomas_Pieters? https://t.co/tBmm3xIVj7

It's the third career win for Pieters, who won twice on the European Tour last year. It also continued a run of strong form for the University of Illinois product, who finished second in the Czech Masters last week. His combined score in the last two events is 31 under par.

Justin Ray of Golf Channel noted this week's win also put him in some exclusive company:

Justin Ray @JustinRayGC

.@Thomas_Pieters: 4th player since inception of @EuropeanTour to win NCAA Div. I individual title & 3 ET titles (Woods, Mickelson, Donald).

The European Tour provided some comments from the champion:

The European Tour @EuropeanTour

The first words from our winner, @Thomas_Pieters. https://t.co/n0KwsGkEl6

Along with Lagergren, who had tallied four straight birdies to tie for the lead before making a mess of the 18th, Bradley Dredge, Adrian Otaegui and David Lipsky were all within one shot on the final tee. It created some incredible drama, at least until Pieters rolled in his birdie.

Even players who weren't part of the wild finish, such as 24th-place finisher Shane Lowry, commented on the overall success of the tournament:

Shane Lowry @ShaneLowryGolf

Easily one of the best tournaments I've played. The hospitality and crowds were amazing. @MiDGolf 🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰🇩🇰

Now the focus shifts to Tuesday's Ryder Cup selections by Team Europe captain Darren Clarke. Three spots are available, with a logjam of players, including Lee Westwood, Martin Kaymer, Luke Donald, Russell Knox and Pieters, hoping for the nod.

Pieters likely would have been on the outside looking in a month ago, especially considering the caliber of his competition for a berth. His recent play could force Clarke to take a second look, though. Nobody else in contention can match the results he's put up over the past few weeks.

                                                                      

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