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Thorbjorn Olesen |

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

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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

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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

Thorbjørn Olesen carded a 4-under-par 33-35=68 in his second round of the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions to post 4-under 140 at the midpoint, good for early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Olesen picked off six birdies to help offset a pair of bogeys at Sheshan International Golf Club, where he hasn't played competitively before. The Dane circled six birdies in the lid-lifter as well, but got bumped off the rails with two bogeys and two doubles. Since closing a failed foray on the PGA TOUR with three straight paydays, he's added eight more in as many starts, including a win in Perth, Australia two weeks ago. Now that he can focus on his home circuit, it seems likely that the simplicity will continue to pay dividends.
Fri, Nov 7, 2014 01:02:00 AM

With a 1-under-par 35-36=71 in his final round of the ISPS HANDA Perth International, Thorbjørn recorded a three-stroke victory over Victor Dubuisson.

The 24-year-old Dane co-led the tournament with Austrlian John Wade after a bogey-free, 8-under 64 in the opening round. Olesen then grabbed the outright lead at the midpoint with a 69 and retained sole possession entering today's finale with a third-round 67. He posted 17-under 271 to secure his second title on the European Tour (2012 Sicilian Open). It's a welcome validation after a forgettable first year on the PGA TOUR in 2013-14. Today's win exempts him into the World Golf Championships-HSBC Champions in two weeks.
Sun, Oct 26, 2014 02:43:00 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen has been removed from the published field of this week's Wyndham Championship.

Olesen is committed to the European Tour's Made in Denmark. Of course, he's a native of the country, so you can understand the allegiance. However, at 173rd in the FedExCup standings and with only 14 starts, it appears that he'll fall one short of the requirement for PGA TOUR members. If the unofficial World Cup of Golf in which he placed T25 last November can count as his 15th start (just like the Ryder Cup and Presidents Cup used to contribute to a player's total if a guy totaled 14 official starts), then Olesen is safe. If not, then he'll be treated as a non-member of the PGA TOUR in 2014-15. Stay tuned.
Mon, Aug 11, 2014 01:12:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen totaled 10 points in his opening round of the Barracuda Championship, good for very early possession of the clubhouse lead.

The Dane went out in the first threesome off the first tee at Montrêux Golf and Country Club today. He buried six birdies for 12 points under the Modified Stableford scoring system in play for the third consecutive edition of the tournament. Olesen also squared two bogeys to give back two points, but posting double digits in any round is a success. He arrived in Reno ranked 183rd in the FedExCup standings in just 12 starts. At this point, his reasonable goals would be to meet the membership minimum of 15 starts (which he will since he's qualified for the PGA Championship and will presumably play the Wyndham Championship in two weeks) and try again during the Tour Finals. Anything better than that at this stage of the season is a bonus.
Thu, Jul 31, 2014 02:46:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen has gained entry into The Open Championship, according to

Olesen was the first alternate when Charles Howell III reportedly declined the exemption earned this week. The Dane has cashed just once in three tries in the major, but it went for a T9 at Royal St. George's in 2011. He's struggled considerably this year, so that he remained as high as he did in the Official World Golf Ranking to qualify for a tee time at Royal Liverpool is a testament to his strong opening of 2013 and occasional noise since. Olesen carded a 3-over-par 34-39=73 in the opening round of The Greenbrier Classic.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 11:36:00 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen makes his first trip to The Old White TPC for The Greenbrier Classic this week.

The young Dane has struggled to find consistency on the PGA TOUR, missing seven of his 10 cuts, but recently scored a T8 at the Memorial. We've seen this kind of learning curve plenty of times with hot European Tour players trying to make the jump to the PGA TOUR. While he has the game to snap out of it, at 177th in the FedExCup standings it's growing increasingly unlikely that he will have a TOUR card in 2014-15.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 08:48:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen turned in a 4-under-par 33-35=68 for his final round of the Memorial.

This is exactly what the doctor ordered. Olesen hasn't cracked the top 35 in a stroke-play tournament on the PGA TOUR since a T6 at last year's Masters, but he sits in the clubhouse at Muirfield Village with early possession of the lead at 8-under 280. That would land him in a five-way share of eighth place. The Dane hit only 11 greens in regulation today, but he wrangled seven birdies, four of which from outside 13 feet. The longest of the conventional measured 25'6" at No. 3 while the highlight occurred at the par-4 17th where he jarred his third from a greenside bunker 19 yards away. Olesen also poured in a par of par saves from 10'5" and 12 feet at the 13th and 18th holes, respectively. Gamers usually prefer to see a repeat performance before sliding their chips over, and he was the beneficiary of fortune today, but we'll get another look come Thursday as he makes his debut at the FedEx St. Jude Classic.
Sun, Jun 1, 2014 03:05:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen reached the break of the Memorial in 6-under-par 71-67=138, good for very early possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The first-year PGA TOUR member has made zero noise in seven starts this season. Until now. He's only two rounds into at Muirfield Village, but this is how he played before suffering whiplash in Houston last year. Perhaps this week will mark a turning point. He's buried 12 birdies against six bogeys. Olesen hit 12 greens in regulation during today's round and was so precise that none of his seven birdies measured longer than 8'8". His only notable conversion dropped for par from 11'5" at the par-5 11th where he rinsed his approach.
Fri, May 30, 2014 12:12:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen has set foot on the property at Muirfield Village for his first crack at the Memorial Tournament.

The Dane sits a distant 203rd in the FedExCup standings, making just two of five cuts. One of those was a first-round loss at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, so his attempt at balancing a PGA TOUR and European Tour schedule isn't exactly going swimmingly. He tied for 54th in last week's BMW PGA Championship in England.
Tue, May 27, 2014 08:43:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen tied for sixth in the 2013 Masters and is back for a second crack this week.

Typically it takes players a little time to establish their sea legs at Augusta National, but that wasn't the case with the Dane. The real question will be if he can replicate that. His recent form is a concern, having missed three of his last four cuts. The only payday in that stretch was a first-round loss at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.
Mon, Apr 7, 2014 10:23:00 PM

The opening round of the Northern Trust Open was suspended for darkness at 5:42 p.m. PT.

This is often the case at this tournament as the PGA TOUR does what it can to make room for 144 golfers on a single course in mid-February. Fifteen golfers were stranded, including first-time PGA TOUR member Thorbjørn Olesen. The Dane is even par through 17 holes. When play resumes at 7:30 a.m. on Friday, he'll be standing over his third in the rough short and left of the green at the par-4 ninth hole. The second round will begin as scheduled at 6:40 a.m.
Thu, Feb 13, 2014 09:09:00 PM

Thorbjørn Olesen begins his 2013-14 PGA TOUR season at the Northern Trust Open.

The Dane is playing his first season as a member of the PGA TOUR, and subsequently makes his first trip to Riviera Country Club. Clearly trying to split his time between the PGA TOUR and the European Tour, he's already logged three starts in 2014 overseas. Two of those went for top-five finishes, so expect him to be feeling confident on the first tee Thursday.
Wed, Feb 12, 2014 09:02:00 PM