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Thorbjørn Olesen

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

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Thorbjørn Olesen's current slump continued with a missed cut in last week's British Masters and he'll hope for better fortunes on his latest start at the Portugal Masters.
The Dane posted five top 10s in his first 12 starts this season, banking sizeable cheques with T2s at January's Qatar Masters and June's BMW International Open in Germany. But since that latter runners-up finish, he's cashed just three times in 10 starts and another Friday exit last week meant a fifth missed cut from six events. We've seen sustained dips like this before from Olesen before he's bounced back with a big result so don't rule out a sudden return to form. He's 3-for-4 at this week's venue with T16 in 2012 and T21 in 2014. Oct 17 - 6:16 PM

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Thorbjorn Olesen defends his Alfred Dunhill Links Championship this week at St. Andrews, Carnoustie and Kingsbarns.

Six top 20 finishes in his first eight starts had Olesen in great shape for this season and apparently ready to flush his way through the summer, bouncing off the back of victory in this event 12 months ago. However it's all gone wrong more recently with one exception. He's gone just 2-for-11 since that opening spell, with a T2 in the BMW International a curious jewel among the trash. A return to the Old Course will be appreciated, reminding him of a fine performance, one that was not entirely out of the blue since he had finished T2 back in 2012. He's 4-for-5 in the tournament so he should be confident of seeing it to Sunday and despite that horror run he is 36th in the Race to Dubai so has plenty of reason to rediscover his mojo ahead of the Final Series.
Oct 4 - 2:50 PM

After a summer slump, Thorbjørn Olesen will hope to find some form again when he lines up in this week's Italian Open.

Since finishing runner-up at the BMW International Open in Germany at the end of June, he's made just one cut in six appearances. That came via T30 at The Olympics in Brazil but any good vibes from Rio quickly disappeared when he shot a pair of 75s to miss the cut in his home Made In Denmark tournament. He returns to action at Golf Club Milano this week, a course where he had to settle for T67 last year. However, Olesen does have some fond memories of this part of the world having finished second on his Italian Open debut at Royal Park in 2011 before landing the Sicilian Open at Verdura in 2012. That was the first of his three European Tour wins, the latest coming at the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in October last year.
Sep 13 - 5:04 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen survived a mid-round slump to post a 3-under-par 33-35=68 during day two of the Men's Olympic Golf Competition, reaching 4-under 138 on the week.

The Dane landed 12 greens today but really struggled on the holes he missed the target, going 1-for-6 in scrambling. On the flip side, his putting was on point, splashing home six putts from outside eight feet, seven of them extending past 13 feet. The round nearly got away from Olesen after a three-hole bogey train from 11-to-13 but he recovered nicely to circle birdies in four of his closing five holes. The 26-year-old arrived with missed cuts in six of his last seven starts worldwide, but he's found his game early on in Rio, currently T6 on the live leaderboard with second-round action still in progress.
Aug 12 - 12:46 PM

Thorbjorn Olesen is 3-for-3 in the PGA Championship but heads to Baltusrol in a mini-funk of form.

In 2012 the Dane had become a first-time winner on the European Tour and marked his second appearance in a major with T9 at the Open. Weeks later he was T27 in the PGA Championship at Kiawah Island and then he started 2013 with T7 on debut at Augusta National. Easy game? Maybe not. Injury and a loss of form followed. He’s since played 7 majors and has a best in that period of T30, in this event in 2014 at Valhalla. In between the problems he has always shown his class, adding two more titles in 2014 and 2015, and there have been two second-placed finishes this season, at the Qatar Masters and BMW International Open. But he arrives having missed the cut in the Scottish Open and Open Championship.
Jul 26 - 10:08 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen failed to fire in the final round of the BMW International Open, but was still able to post a T2 finish with a 1-over-par 38-35=73 for 14-under 274.

The Dane ended the week alongside Darren Fichardt, three adrift of the winner Henrik Stenson - and yet it could have been a very different story but for struggles early in the round. Indeed, having started the last lap 1 behind Stenson he matched the leader with birdie at the very first hole, only to then fall back with a bogey at the third. The real problems came around the turn, when he notched 3 straight blue numbers from the 8th. Birdie 4s at 13 and 15 allowed him to complete a second top two finish of the season (the first was in the Qatar Masters) but by then the victory was out of his sights. He will rue hitting just 3 of 14 fairways in the final round and making just 11 greens in regulation.
Jun 26 - 12:36 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen posted red at his final two holes in a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in round two of the BMW International Open in Germany and moved to within a shot of the lead.

The Dane came home in 31 in an opening 67 and matched that score today after circling six birdies against a single square at Gut Larchenhof. That put him at 10-under 134, a single stroke behind leaders Raphael Jacquelin and Henrik Stenson. Olesen began with a birdie at 10 before birdieing the two back-nine par 5s at 13 and 14. He added a further splash of red at No. 1 and, after taking six swipes at the 7th, finished birdie-birdie to round of a strong day's work. As in round one, he split just 7 (of 14) fairways but today he upped his GIR count to 15. Olesen is also 5-for-7 in scrambling so far this week.
Jun 24 - 9:30 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen closed his round with a hot putter on his way to a 5-under-par 36-31=67 in the first round of the BMW International Open in Germany.

The Dane reached the 12th tee level par for day after mixing 9 pars with a birdie at 3 and bogey at 6. But he swooped into a tie for third at the close of play with 5 par breakers in his next 6 holes. The only hole he didn't post red on in that sequence was the par-five 13th. Having recorded 4 straight top 20 finishes from mid April to mid May he stumbled to missed cuts at the BMW PGA Championship and Nordea Masters so this start gives him a great chance of getting back on track. It's also an opportunity to rectify a poor record in the event: he's 1-for-4 (T29 in the exception and MC the only time he played Gut Larchenhof)
Jun 23 - 12:54 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen makes a third start in the World Golf Championships-Dell Match Play in Texas this week and takes on defending champion Rory McIlroy, Kevin Na and Smiley Kaufman in Group 3.

Despite being ranked 66th in the world, the Dane snuck in as the 64th seed after the WDs of Jim Furyk and Henrik Stenson. In a historical parallel, Denmark's football team got a late invite to contest the European Championships in 1992 after Yugoslavia pulled out and, in a story that even Hans Christian Andersen would have thought far-fetched, defied their huge odds to lift the trophy. According to the bookmakers, Olesen has the same slim chance but maybe someone in his camp has pointed out the events of 24 years ago when he was just two-years-old. The three-time European Tour winner is 1-2 in this event and only 2-7 overall in match-play singles which also takes into account the Paul Lawrie Match Play, EurAsia Trophy, Royal Trophy and Volvo World Match Play.
Mar 22 - 7:40 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen won the last edition of the ISPS HANDA Perth International and heads back to Australia this week to challenge for the title again.

That win came in October 2014, a change in the schedule meaning the tournament wasn't contested in 2015. Since that victory, Olesen has added a third European Tour triumph by landing the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland four months ago. He's also made a strong start to this year's Race to Dubai and slots in at 12th following T2 in Qatar and T8 in Dubai. As the Dane's first win came at the final running of the Sicilian Open in 2012, it means this is the first time he's defended a title. He said in his pre-tournament press conference, "I've never tried it before, so I don't really know how it's going to feel on Thursday. I think it puts more pressure on you but it's also nice to go out there and know you can win on this golf course."
Feb 24 - 9:26 AM

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

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