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Thorbjørn Olesen

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9" / 152

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A combination of pedigree, course and current form makes Thorbjorn Olesen the odds leader at this week's Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC.
The Dane, rated a 16/1 chance, is a four-time European Tour winner (three of those coming since October 2014) and finished 10th at the World Super 6 Perth last time after shooting 70-67-69 in the three strokeplay rounds before losing his opening six-hole clash in Sunday's matchplay. Olesen's past course form at Doha GC is of particular appeal as he followed up T22 in 2013 to take third in 2014 and improved again to finish runner-up in 2016. He admits to always enjoying windy conditions and that's usually the case in Qatar on this exposed layout. After T53 in Abu Dhabi and T29 in Dubai, Olesen gives the sense that something is building and this would be an obvious place for him to challenge for another title. Feb 21 - 6:15 AM

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Thorbjørn Olesen won the 2014 Perth International at Lake Karrinyup CC and he's now in position to win there again after booking his place through to the last 16 of the World Super 6 Perth via a T2 finish in the 54-hole strokeplay section following a 3-under-par 32-37=69 in Saturday's third round.

A total of 24 places were on offer for Sunday's matchplay contests (played over just six holes), with the top eight going straight through to round two. Olesen achieved his goal with ease, finishing at 10-under 206 and two shots behind first-place qualifier Prom Meesawat. It looked as if the 28-year-old would head the field after he raced to the turn in just 32 blows due to red numbers at 1, 3, 7 and 8. He traded a bogey at 10 with a birdie at 11 and despite a late wobble with squares at 14 and 15 he made sure of his top-eight berth with a final red number at 17. Having won here before and also landed the European Tour’s GolfSixes in England last May, another quirky format with six-hole matches played all week, he's as logical a pick as you can get for what most will see as a final-day crap-shoot.
Feb 10 - 5:23 AM

2014 course winner Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a share of the clubhouse lead early in round two of the World Super 6 Perth after his 5-under-par 33-35=67 second round earned a 36-hole total of 7-under 137 at Lake Karrinyup CC in Perth, Australia.

The Dane might have cruised to victory four years ago, but last year he failed to make the post-round three cut in this tournament, a fate he is keen not to repeat this week. He started his second lap with a mistake at the tenth hole, but his response was determined: a brace of birdies at 11 and 12, then more ticks at 14 and 16 before the turn. Two more par breakers came early in the front nine at 1 and 4 before he smoothed his way to the clubhouse with five pars. Lucas Herbert equalled his 36-hole tally, but only Brett Rumford, of the afternoon starters, was ahead of him on live scoring. "I really, really like this course," he said. "I'm going to play a little different if I make Sunday's match play, that's for sure. Tomorrow is the same game plan though."
Feb 9 - 2:54 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen returns to Australia for the second World Super 6 Perth at Lake Karrinyup CC, a layout he bettered four years ago.

At his best the Dane is a sensational golfer, as evidenced on this course when he posted 64-69-67-71 to win the 2014 Perth International by three shots. He's also, however, capable of going missing, proved by his last two visits to the course: a missed cut on defense in 2016 (71-78) and failure to make the top 24 (and matchplay rounds) in last year's edition of this tournament (70-67-74). He missed the weekend in Malaysia, but was T7 heading into the final round in Dubai before a Sunday 73 marred his week (he finished T29). Worth noting that he is one of those golfers who comes to the fore at favored venues, notching multiple top two finishes at Le Golf National, Emirates, Doha, St Andrews and Barseback. A more recent example was when T5 on defense of his Turkish Airlines Open title at Carya.
Feb 6 - 3:59 AM

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.
Sun, Nov 5, 2017 10:50:00 AM

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.
Tue, Oct 10, 2017 01:37:00 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.
Sat, Aug 12, 2017 10:26:00 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).
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 02:44:00 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.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 04:22:00 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.
Mon, Jul 31, 2017 08:46:00 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.
Wed, Jul 19, 2017 06:02:00 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.
Wed, Jul 5, 2017 06:26:00 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.
Sun, Jul 2, 2017 01:42:00 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.
Tue, Jun 27, 2017 06:44:00 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.
Thu, Jun 22, 2017 12:09:00 PM