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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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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. Nov 7 - 4:43 AM

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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.
Nov 6 - 1:02 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.
Nov 5 - 2:23 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.
Oct 4 - 12:46 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.
Oct 3 - 12:14 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.
Sep 7 - 4:13 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.
Jul 10 - 12:36 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.
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