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Thorbjørn Olesen |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (25) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 152
College: Denmark

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Thursday pacesetter Thorbjørn Olesen blew up for a 7-over-par 39-38=77 in his second round at the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.
It's an exclusive club that no-one wants to be a member of but Olesen will now join the embarrassed bunch of golfers who have gone from round one leader to missing the cut. The Dane had seven birdies and not a single bogey in his opening 63. Today, he had no birdies, five bogeys and a double to slide all the way back to even-par 140 which is currently only good enough for T100. The stats reveal that everything wasn't working on Friday as Olesen split just 5 (of 14) fairways, hit only nine greens in regulation and was 3-for-9 in scrambling. Jul 10 - 12:36 PM

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Thorbjørn Olesen blitzed Gullane GC for a 7-under-par 32-31=63 to post the clubhouse lead on day one of the Aberdeen Asset Management Scottish Open.

The Dane has missed five of six cuts since an unexpected second place in the Mauritius Open on his comeback from injury in May but found his touch again at Gullane today. He reached the turn in 32 with birdies at 2, 6 and 7, added another at 12 and made a final push with par breakers at 15, 16 and 17. For now, he enjoys a two-shot lead over Matthew Nixon and Adrian Otaegui, who both returned 65s. Olesen was runner-up in the 2012 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship so has shown his ability to play this style of golf. On that occasion he also opened with a 63. Today he split 11 (of 14) fairways, hit 16 greens in regulation and was 2-for-2 in scrambling.
Jul 9 - 7:27 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen represents a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma going into this week's Alstom Open de France.

Good luck if you're a fantasy manager trying to weigh up the Dane's chances. Olesen defied logic by finishing runner-up in May's Mauritius Open on his first start after a three-month injury absence but followed that with four straight missed cuts. He finally made the weekend again with a T29 at last week's BMW International Open. His course form at Le Golf National is equally difficult to fathom. The 25-year-old was T2 on debut in 2011 but has failed to cash in his only two other starts in 2013 and 2014.
Jun 29 - 4:42 PM

Last week's runner-up Thorbjørn Olesen won't be around for the final 36 holes of the Open de España after a 4-over-par 36-40-76 on Friday left him at 9-over 153.

The suspicion that he did at by smoke and mirrors at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open has been confirmed over the opening two rounds. The Dane was coming back from a 10-week injury break at Heritage GC but relied on a red-hot putter to maintain his title challenge. It cooled off dramatically (he needed 33 putts on Thursday and 30 today) at Real Club de Golf El Prat and the Dane is going home. As for his long game, he hit 19 of 28 fairways in his two rounds and found 23 of 36 greens in regulation.
May 15 - 9:21 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen's bid to make a winning return after 10 weeks off came up just short as he lost a playoff to George Coetzee at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The Dane closed with a 3-under-par 32-36=68 on Sunday to post 13-under 271, a total matched by Coetzee soon after. Both players traded birdies at the 18th to keep the playoff going but when they took on Heritage Golf Club's closing hole for a second time, Olesen could only make par -- just as he'd done in regulation play. That left the door open for Coetezee, who closed out victory with a two-putt birdie. Nevertheless, this is a reminder of Olesen's class and gamers should recall that he was T6 on his Masters debut in 2013. A hot putter kept him alive for much of this week but, however you look at it, this was a most impressive return from hand surgery. Keep a close eye on him from here as he could be real option in some of the big events ahead.
May 10 - 9:42 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen shot a 3-under-par 32-36=68 in round two of the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, good enough for a one-shot advantage over the field after 36 holes.

If the Dane's opening 65 after nearly three months out was incredibly impressive, this wasn't far behind as it would have been easy to suffer a dip, especially in the tougher afternoon conditions. It appeared that Olesen was getting a reminder that golf isn't this easy early in his round after he started with two bogeys in his first three holes. But, sparked by a birdie at the fourth, he surged back into the lead with five par breakers in six holes. He calmed on the back nine and bogeyed 13 but a birdie at 16 and two closing pars secured the halfway lead on 9-under 133. "I didn’t have the biggest expectations this week but I knew I was swinging the club well and I’ve been practising hard the last couple of weeks," said Olesen after his round. "I was obviously hoping for something good, but I’ve been surprised at how good my short game has been this week. I thought it would be the part that would be rusty, but it has actually been really good."
May 8 - 9:08 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen made a stunning return from a 10-week injury absence by taking the lead at the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open with an opening 6-under-par 31-34=65

Take a bow. Olesen was expected to ease his way back into tournament play after having a tendon in his left hand repaired in February but instead walked off Heritage Golf Club with the new course record. "We had perfect conditions on the front nine and I played well on the front nine, then it started getting tricky on the back nine," said the Dane. "All in all my short game was very good today and that’s why I’m six-under. It’s a good golf course, you can see almost everything from the tee out there and it’s in perfect condition." Olesen hit the ground running with four birdies in his first five holes and circled two more either side of a bogey at 17. He dropped another shot at the first but further gains at 5 and 7 sent him to the top of the leaderboard. Despite the wind picking in the afternoon, he was later joined at the top of the leaderboard by South Korean Jeunghun Wang and Spain's Carlos Pigem.
May 7 - 5:06 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen is scheduled to compete in this week's AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open.

The island nation east of Madagascar is the first to host a tri-sanctioned event for the European Tour, Asian Tour and Sunshine Tour. Olesen has sat out the last three months. He had a tendon in his left hand repaired on Feb. 9. Since this is an inaugural tournament, he's stands as good a chance as any to make a little noise as the competitors learn Heritage Golf Club. However, gamers are advised to let him go it alone since the Dane will need to knock off some rust in the tropics.
May 4 - 2:51 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen has been removed from the preliminary field of next week's Volvo China Open.

This is not surprising. We didn't think that he'd be able to get back to competition this soon after having surgery to repair a tendon in his left hand on Feb. 9, so consider this news as merely housecleaning. Meanwhile, Olesen has been quiet on Twitter, which also isn't a surprise. Golfers sidelined by injuries tend to clam up presumably as to not overpromise a timetable.
Apr 16 - 2:48 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen is in the preliminary field of the Volvo China Open on April 23-26.

Given that he had surgery just over two months ago for repair on a tendon in his left hand, and had hoped to be hitting balls again right around now, playing competitive golf in two weeks is an aggressive goal.
Apr 12 - 12:54 PM

In an update on Thorbjørn Olesen at BT.DK/golf, the Dane is very close to concentrated practice on his game.

Olesen underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his left hand on Feb. 9. Loosely translating from the Danish-language website, he's maintained physical fitness on his lower body and hopes to be hitting balls in 2-3 weeks. The article didn't specify a long-term goal for a return to competition. Since his last start in Malaysia, he's fallen 11 spots to 100th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 25-year-old is not yet eligible for any of the majors, remaining World Golf Championships or THE PLAYERS.
Source: BT,DK/golf
Mar 18 - 1:30 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen alerted his followers on Twitter today that he had surgery on his left hand.

In the tweet before the procedure, he wrote, "Just about to go into surgery for my hand operation. Need some tendon repair work done then I'll be back stronger." His post-surgery message read, "Out of surgery and all has gone well." The Dane opened the 2015 season on the European Tour with a T50 in Abu Dhabi, but chased it with three consecutive cuts, including at last week's Maybank Malaysian Open. He's no longer a PGA TOUR cardholder, but we'll keep an eye on his progress given his relevance to European Tour gamers. He has not provided an estimated timeline for recovery, but you can be sure that it will be several months before he's ready to resume full-time competition.
Feb 9 - 3:23 PM

Thorbjorn Olesen will be expecting to make another big impact in this week's Abu Dhabi Golf Championship.

The Dane finished runner-up in the 2013 event and was also T8 on debut the year before. Those finishes form part of a strong record on the Gulf Swing. Olesen made the top five in the last two Dubai Desert Classics while he took third place in the 2014 Qatar Masters. The 25-year-old also has the boost of a recent win having secured his second European title when capturing the Perth International last October.
Jan 13 - 5:04 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen carded a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his final round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to post 8-under 280, good for a share of the 72-hole clubhouse lead.

He and fellow co-leader Ian Poulter won't find themselves in a playoff, but Olesen will leave China with the consolation that he's lassoed his first top 10 in six starts in a WGC. The Dane exchanged four birdies with three bogeys today. At the time he shook hands with IJP and Jonas Blixt, Olesen ranked second in the field with 22 birdies for the week.
Sun, Nov 9, 2014 02:18:00 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen fashioned a 3-under-par 36-33=69 in his third round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

For the third straight round, the Dane circled exactly six birdies at Sheshan International. Today's set was stained by one bogey and one double, but he's at 7-under 209 entering Sunday. That's just two strokes off the 54-hole clubhouse lead. At the time he signed his card, Olesen co-led the field with 18 birdies.
Sat, Nov 8, 2014 03:05:00 AM