Robert Karlsson

Pepperell makes best start of Ryder Cup hopefuls in Denmark

Eddie Pepperell shot a 2-under 70 in the first round of the Made In Denmark tournament on Thursday to make the best start of the three players bidding to secure the final qualifying spot in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Pepperell, who needs to win the event to stand a chance of moving into the automatic qualification places, was playing in the same group as European captain Thomas Bjorn and ended the day six strokes off leader Jonathan Thomson of England at Silkeborg Ry Golf Club.

"It is probably more an inspiration, I wouldn't say a distraction," Pepperell said. "I don't think it's affected my score today and I don't think it will affect my score moving forward,...