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Age / DOB:  (26) / 12/21/1989
Ht / Wt:  5'9' / 152

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Thorbjorn Olesen charred the desert sand with an 8-under-par 31-33=64 which surged him through the field for a halfway total of 8-under 136, two off the lead at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic.
The Dane was right in the hunt last week in Qatar, only surrendering his shot at the title at the 70th hole. He also boasts two top five finishes at Emirates GC, so to see his name near the top of the leaderboard is no surprise. But the contrast between Thursday and Friday was great. On Friday he blitzed the course. Twice he made three birdies on the bounce, at 3, 4 and 5, then again at 16, 17 and 18. In between he added two more at 8 and 13. His missed just one green all day and saved par on the exception. Six back of the lead after 18 holes, he goes into the weekend just two shy . Feb 5 - 9:05 AM

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Thorbjørn Olesen battled the gusting conditions to post 1-under-par 36-35=71 as he finished tied second at the 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters on 12-under 276.

In difficult winds Olesen made birdie on four, bogey on eight, but was otherwise relentlessly solid in making pars. Playing in the final group he witnessed the downfall of pre-round leader Paul Lawrie and was aware that Branden Grace had pulled two clear of himself (and the field). He remained patient until his defining opportunity to close that gap, on the 16th green, when he needed to get up and down for birdie to draw within one: the chip came up short and the putt never dropped. An excellent 15-foot birdie putt on the last earned T2, besting his T3 at Doha in 2014 (curiously also a tie with Rafa Cabrera-Bello, as this year).
Jan 30 - 8:30 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen battled the Friday winds and signed for a 3-under-par 35-34=69 in round three of the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters to move up to tied second spot on 11-under 205.

That's just two swings behind leader Paul Lawrie and puts the Dane in elite company in Saturday's concluding three-ball. Lawrie is a two-time winner at Doha while Branden Grace (also -11) took the title last year although Olesen's third place in this event two years ago means he should command plenty of respect too. On the front nine, the 26-year-old traded a birdie at 2 with a bogey at 5 before picking up another shot at 8. He opened his back nine with six straight pars before making a move with birdies at 16 and 18. For the second day running, Olesen split just 5 (of 14) fairways and hit 15 greens in regulation.
Jan 29 - 9:08 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen revived memories of his third placed finished in the 2014 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters with a 3-under-par 37-32=69, good enough for 8-under 136 and three shots back of the lead.

The Dane arrived in Doha 6-for-6, the first time he'd made so many cuts since this time last year. In truth, however, he has rarely contended since winning last year's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Perhaps his form will turn around in the desert. He got off to a slow start, with eight pars on the front nine, plus a second consecutive bogey-4 at No. 3. But his back nine was a classy affair: birdies on 10, 11, 16 and 17 leaving him three behind clubhouse leader Paul Lawrie.
Jan 28 - 4:00 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen revived his title hopes at the WGC-HSBC Champions in China by signing for a bogey-free 32-34=66 in Saturday's third round.

That's an eight-shot improvement from Friday's 74 and leaves Olesen four off the lead going into Sunday's final round at Sheshan International Golf Club in China. The Dane circled early birdies at 3, 4 and 7 and added another at 8, the hole where he posted a quadruple bogey in round two. Olesen found further birdies at 13 and 17 to arrive at 12-under 204. Today, he split just 7 (of 14) fairways and found only 11 greens in regulation but kept the bogeys away with 7-for-7 scrambling.
Sat, Nov 7, 2015 04:43:00 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen blew up for a 2-over-par 36-38=74 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions.

All that matters is the 72-hole aggregate, but the Dane didn't do himself any favors if you buy into momentum and applying pressure to others. He sputtered his way through 16 holes at 1-under, and then constructed a snowman at the par-5 eighth hole. In conjunction with his opening 64, Olesen is now 6-under 138, six strokes off the 36-hole clubhouse lead.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 01:02:00 AM

With a pair of closing birdies, Thorbjørn Olesen posted an 8-under-par 30-34=64 to join the clubhouse lead on day one of the WGC-HSBC Champions in Shanghai, China.

It's the third time this season the Dane has hit the top of the leaderboard on day one although the previous two had wildly different outcomes. At May's Mauritius Open he rode an opening 65 to a second-placed finish; at the Scottish Open he followed a 63 with a 77 and missed the cut. That latter scenario can't play out here as four rounds are guaranteed and we shouldn't expect him to suddenly fall away. Despite some dips this season, Olesen won the prestigious Alfred Dunhill Links Championship inn Scotland last month to surge up the Race To Dubai. He's now in position to take another big leap after a round which featured nine birdies and a single bogey. Olesen flew out of the traps with five birdies in his first six holes and circled another at No. 8 to turn in 30. He was 7-under following another birdie at 10 and after squaring his only bogey of the day at the par-5 14th he closed with par breakers at 17 and 18 to join Kevin Kisner and Steven Bowditch at the top of the pile.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 02:23:00 AM

With a final-round 1-under-par 36-35=71 at St. Andrews, Thorbjørn Olesen secured his third European Tour title via a two-shot victory at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

Three clear overnight, the Dane kicked off with an opening birdie but then wobbled with a double bogey-6 at 2 and a bogey at the next. That blew the tournament wide open but he hit back with birdies at 4 and 5 and was steady after that, adding 12 pars and giving himself daylight by dropping a 50ft bomb for birdie at 15. His victory total of 18-under 270 put him two clear of American duo Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud while Chris Wood, Bernd Wiesberger, Benjamin Hebert, Joakim Lagergren and Kiradech Aphibarnrat were a further shot back. The victory moves the 25-year-old Olesen into the top 25 in the Race To Dubai and top 75 in the Official World Golf Ranking. He's also now eligible for the 2016 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational. "It's been a very tough year and standing here with this trophy is unbelievable, on these three golf courses and finishing off especially on St. Andrews is a great feeling," said Olesen, who has struggled since coming back from a hand injury in May.
Sun, Oct 4, 2015 12:46:00 PM

With a 7-under-par 33-32=65 at St. Andrews, Thorbjørn Olesen opened up a three-shot lead after the third round of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

In perfect scoring conditions at the Old Course, the Dane shook off an opening bogey with eight birdies to kick clear. The 65 added to Thursday's 68 at Carnoustie and Friday's 66 at Kingsbarns and took him to 17-under 199. German Florian Fritsch is his nearest rival at 14-under while Frenchman Benjamin Hebert is a further shot back. Sweden's Joakim Lagergren is T4 on 12-under after shooting the the day's low round, a 62 at Kingbarns. Olesen recorded his front-nine birdies at 3, 4, 7 and 8 and finished with four more in his final five, including a 20-foot conversion at St. Andrews' iconic 18th. Since coming back from a hand injury in May, he's just 4-for-14 but let's not forget this is a player who finished T6 on his Masters debut two years ago. He was also runner-up in this tournament in 2012 having finished T9 in that year's Open Championship so he's a proven links performer too. The 25-year-old will be chasing a third European Tour win in Sunday's final round at St. Andrews.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 12:14:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen arrested a poor run of form with a top five finish in the Czech Masters two weeks ago and will look to shine again at the KLM Open in the Netherlands.

The Dane had missed eight cuts in nine starts before arriving in Prague but shot 67-69-67-74 to post T5. He was third going into the final round. Olesen has been touted as a future Ryder Cup star so will want to bank some early points in this year's race which began in Russia last week. This is his fourth appearance in the KLM Open and he's just 1-for-3 although he did shoot three 69s on the par 70 at Kennemer last year despite only finishing T50.
Mon, Sep 7, 2015 04:13:00 PM

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.
Fri, Jul 10, 2015 12:36:00 PM

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.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 07:27:00 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.
Mon, Jun 29, 2015 04:42:00 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.
Fri, May 15, 2015 09:21:00 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.
Sun, May 10, 2015 09:42:00 AM