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Thorbjørn Olesen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 152

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Last year's winner Thorbjørn Olesen twirled a 5-under-par 31-35=66 in the final round of the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, nudging up two spots to claim fifth spot on 15-under 269.
That's an impressive title defense from the Dane and lifts him to 22nd spot on the Race to Dubai. Olesen scored his second 66 of the weekend thanks to a lap featuring six birdies against a single bogey. He started fast with gains at 1, 2 and 4 but then couldn't build on that and played his next 10 holes in 1-over after nine pars and a bogey at 13. He finishes like a champion, however, improving his position with circles at 15, 16 and 17. A hot putter was the key to this week's top five as Olesen ended the week ranked 1st for Putts Per Gir and 4th for Putts Per Round. Nov 5 - 10:50 AM

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Thorbjørn Olesen will endeavour to shore up a shaky record at this week's venue for the 2017 Italian Open - Golf Club Milano.

The Dane's experience of this course might not be too strong, but in Italy itself he has a great record. He was second in the 2010 Tuscany Open on the Challenge Tour, second in the 2011 Italian Open at Royal Park I Roveri and was winner of the 2012 Sicilian Open at Verdura. But on this week's track in Parco Reale di Monza? T67 in 2015 (72-68-72-71) and MC last year (73-70). He missed the cut last week in Scotland, the first time he had failed to last the full week since the BMW PGA Championship in May. In that time he logged T4 in the Nordea Masters and T3 at the Open de France; more recently there was T10 at the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and T14 on home turf at the Made in Denmark.
Oct 10 - 1:37 PM

Beginning off No. 10 tee, first-round co-leader and World No. 78 Thorbjorn Olesen back-pedaled to a 7-over-par 38-40=78 in the two-day second round of the 99th PGA Championship to post 3-over 145, down 42 places to T43, a distant 11 in arrears of 36-hole co-leaders Kevin Kisner and Hideki Matsuyama.

After an opening 67, the 27-year-old co-led with Kisner, his first lead on the PGA TOUR after any round in his 40th career start. He got off to a great start in R2, circling the par-5 10th from 6'1", but that would be it, squaring holes 12, 3, 6 and 9, and swallowing back-to-back doubles at 15 and 16. The Dane conjured five (of 14) fairways and eight greens in regulation, losing 2.857 strokes tee-to-green and 4.399 SG: Total. He was one of 25 players whose R2 on Friday was suspended due to darkness, 6-over thru 15 holes, and returned on Saturday morning to two pars and a walk-off bogey-5 at the ninth. The 4-time winner on the Euro Tour (176 starts) posted 1.875 putts per GIR and -1.542 SG: Putting, taking 30 total putts.
Aug 12 - 10:26 AM

Dane Thorbjørn Olesen caressed a 4-under-par 33-34=67 to claim the early clubhouse lead in round one of the 2017 PGA Championship at Quail Hollow Club.

The 27-year-old was one swing clear of a group of three players as the morning wave completed their work for the day – and it was all thanks to a stunning conclusion to the best start he has made in five PGA Championship appearances (bettering the 70 he carded last year prior to his only missed cut). On the front nine he made birdie from 7’6" at 3, added another courtesy of a two-putt on the par-5 seventh and did so again from 15’0" at No. 8. A three-putt at 6 cost him a dropped shot. Returning home he ticked 14 from 12’1", made and up-and-down at the par-5 15th for a par breaker, but missed the green at 17 for bogey. No matter, he drained a 27’7" effort for birdie on the final green to reassert his early advantage. He found only 7 of 14 fairways and 12 of 18 greens in regulation, but he ranked second for strokes gained putting (3.154) and eight for strokes gained tee to green (4.593).
Aug 10 - 2:44 PM

World No. 86 and non-member Thorbjorn Olesen tossed up a 5-under-par 33-32=65 in the final round of the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to conclude on 5-under 275 (73-70-67-65), up 15 places on the live leaderboard to T10 and tying the low round in the clubhouse with Francesco Molinari. UPDATE: With play completed, Olesen finished T10, while champion Hideki Matsuyama had the low round with 61.

This was the 27-year-old's second Bridgestone (T48/2013) and overall, his 10th WGC event with a best (and lone top 10) of T6 at the 2015 HSBC. It was his 39th career PGA TOUR start with five prior top 10s, including a T6 at the 2013 Masters, tying the above-mentioned T6 for career-TOUR-bests. The four-time European Tour winner found six (of 14) fairways and 12 greens in regulation, losing -0.678 strokes off-the-tee but gaining 3.306 approaching-the-green. He smothered three bogey-5s at Nos. 1, 6 and 13 with eight birdies at 2, 3, 7, 9-11, 16 and 17 (from 33'10"), posting a sterling 1.333 putts per GIR and 2.233 SG: Putting, currently T1 in putts per GIR with a cumulative 1.561.
Aug 6 - 4:22 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen returns to the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational on the South Course at Firestone Country Club in Akron, Ohio after a four year absence.

Last year the Dane bookended 11 results of one T30, two T50s and eight MCs with T2 in the BMW International Open and victory in the Turkish Airlines Open. It was volatile yet successful. This year he is more consistent but you suspect just as frustrated. He’s on a run of 8-for-9 with no win, three results of T8 or better, plus plenty of good positions wrecked by poor rounds. This will be his 12th start in a WGC event and he only truly imposed himself when T6 in the 2014 HSBC Champions. T48 on his debut at Firestone in 2013 when he carded rounds of 73-69-72-73.
Jul 31 - 8:46 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen had a memorable week in the 2012 Open Championship at Royal Lytham and now he'll look to shine again in this year's edition along the coast at Royal Birkdale.

The Dane, then 22, teed off in the penultimate group on Saturday with hero Tiger Woods and shot 71. He eventually posted T9 and went on to finish T6 at the following year's Masters. Olesen has become recognized as a player to have on board in windy conditions and he showed that when winning the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland in late 2015. A four-time winner on the European Tour, he's posted T4 (Nordea Masters) and T3 (Open de France) in his last four starts so heads to Southport in fine form. He tees off Thursday (14:04 local) alongside American Jimmy Walker and Japan's Hideto Tanihara.
Jul 19 - 6:02 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen has plenty of appeal heading into this week's Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC in Northern Ireland.

The Dane has pegged it up four times in this event, cracking the top 20 on three occasions. The best of those came last year at the K Club when he closed with a 66 to post T10. The links of Portstewart should certainly be a good fit as Olesen is a winner of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland. He lifted that trophy two years ago and was also runner-up there in 2012. As well as having the game for windy links golf, the 27-year-old is also in fine form. He currently slots in at 25th on the Race to Dubai having taken T3 in last week's Open de France (final-round 65) and T4 at the Nordea Masters in Sweden two starts earlier. Gamers have plenty of incentive to get him on board.
Jul 5 - 6:26 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen smashed a sensational 6-under-par 33-32=65 at Le Golf National to finish the Open de France on 8-under 276, four back of the winner Tommy Fleetwood and T3.

The Dane's result maintains an utterly bizarre record at the course. He finished T2 on debut in 2011, followed it with three missed cuts and one withdrawal, now he returns to the boom after all that bust. He started like a fast French train, circling 1, 3, 5 and 6 before a bogey at 7 stalled his progress. There were another three red numbers early on the back nine at 10, 13 and 14, but again the bogey followed, this time at 17. But he responded with birdie at the tough 18th and heads to the Irish Open ranked 25th on the Race to Dubai.
Jul 2 - 1:42 PM

Thorbjorn Olesen heads back to the Open de France in the nation’s capital, where his record at Le Golf National is as enigmatic as a Parisian film star.

The big question: When the Dane finished T2 on debut at the Paris course in 2011 was he flattering to deceive? That year he posted a first round 66 and added 71-71-70 to never be outside the top six. But guess what? A) He has never again got within four shots of that opening lap and, B) His next four Thursday rounds have been 76-78-77-80. Riddle that one. There cannot be many more baffling records than T2-MC-MC-MC-WD, with the latter four not even close to weekend stays. What of his form? Is it strong enough to warrant belief he can breathe life into six year old memories? He was T4 in the Nordea Masters two starts ago and T3 after a round one 66 last week, eventually finishing T34 after ending the week 74-71-72.
Jun 27 - 6:44 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen thrashed Golfclub Munchen Eichenried with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his opening lap at the BMW International Open.

The Dane made an error on both of the final two holes, but only the first cost him as he raced from the blocks in Germany, lying T3 when he signed his card midway through the afternoon wave. On the front nine he smoothed birdies at 2, 4 and 9, then he added two more at 11 and 13 to head into the final stretch in nice shape. A birdie-3 at the short par-4 16th was a step in the right direction, but he gave the shot back with an errant tee shot at the par-3 17th. On the final tee he appeared to have made another mistake when he hooked towards water, but he had enough of the ball to clear it and find himself in the middle of the dogleg fairway. Taking 7-iron from 220-yards he found the heart of the green and very nearly holed from 30'0" for eagle, but he was happy enough with the birdie given the palpitations on the tee. He was two behind the clubhouse lead of 8-under.
Jun 22 - 12:09 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen stumbled on his way home, carding a final round 2-under-par 35-36=71 at the Nordea Masters in Malmo to end the week T4 on 9-under 283, two behind the winner Renato Paratore.

A mid-back nine lull cost the Dane his opportunity to win after reaching the 13th tee 2-under for the day and right in contention, one behind the then-leaders Renato Paratore and Chris Wood. He had made three birdies at 7, 9 and 12 to atone for a bogey at the 4th. On the 13th it started to go wrong. He needed to drain a 12’0" putt for par on the green, then ground out a par at the 14th with an up-and-down, but at 15, when he needed to do so again, he missed the down from kick-in range. He failed to made headway at the par-5 16th but did tick the 17th, however it was too late. It’s the second T4 of his career at Barseback in two visits, the last coming on his tournament debut in 2009.
Jun 4 - 11:24 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen's 3-under-par 33-37=70 had a sting in the tail as he suffered a walk-off double bogey-6 to drop two shots off the lead through 54 of the Nordea Masters in Sweden.

The Dane, who finished fourth here at Barseback Golf & Country Club on his European Tour debut in 2009, occupies that same position now after landing at 7-under 212. It looked as if he would be the man to beat going into Sunday after making a dramatic move either side of the turn. After five opening pars and a birdie at 6, Olesen put his second shot at the par-5 9th to just six feet and nailed the putt for eagle. After holing from the fringe for birdie at 10 and adding another circle at 12, Olesen was 9-under and looking down on the field. He dropped a shot at 14 which he recovered with a birdie at 16 but then took six swings on the par-4 closer. The frustration was eased a touch by leader and playing partner Wood bogeying the same hole, thus leaving Olesen still very much in touch just two shots back. He'd started the day four in arrears.
Jun 3 - 11:53 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen scorched the turn to move into T6 on the live leaderboard as the second round of the Nordea Masters came to a close; his second lap of 3-under-par 35-35=70 giving him a 36-hole total of 4-under 142.

The Dane heads into the weekend at Barseback Golf and Country Club four swings back of the halfway leader Jamie Donaldson, but bang in contention and he can thank the action around the turn for that position. He had ended his first lap with a double bogey-7 at the 9th and when he dropped more shots with bogeys at 1 and 3 must have been looking at the cut line, but matters soon changed. He made birdie at 6, added another at 7 and made it a hat-trick at 8. Just as importantly, after yesterday's error, he passed through the 9th without dropping a shot. He then circled 11 and 12 before parring his way home.
Jun 2 - 12:23 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen made his European Tour debut at Barseback Golf & Country Club in 2009, making an instant impact by finishing fourth; he returns there this week to contest the 2017 Nordea Masters.

"It's kind of a special place," Olesen told "That (fourth place) kind of helped to kick my career on. I played here a lot as a junior also. I feel like I know the place pretty well and I'm looking forward to it this week." With the course close to Denmark, Olesen will have plenty of support and he's shown that when everything clicks, he knows how to win as highlighted by a European Tour win in each of the last three seasons. The Dane endured his usual struggle at Wentworth (MC) last week but two starts earlier was T8 in the Shenzhen International. Olesen also won a Challenge Tour event in Sweden in 2010 but has only contested two of the last five Nordea Masters (T22 at Bro Hof Slott in 2012 and MC at PGA Sweden National in 2015).
May 31 - 9:45 AM