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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 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

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Thorbjørn Olesen is in the preliminary field of the Volvo China Open on April 23-26.

Given that he had surgery just over two months ago for repair on a tendon in his left hand, and had hoped to be hitting balls again right around now, playing competitive golf in two weeks is an aggressive goal.
Apr 12 - 12:54 PM

In an update on Thorbjørn Olesen at BT.DK/golf, the Dane is very close to concentrated practice on his game.

Olesen underwent surgery to repair a tendon in his left hand on Feb. 9. Loosely translating from the Danish-language website, he's maintained physical fitness on his lower body and hopes to be hitting balls in 2-3 weeks. The article didn't specify a long-term goal for a return to competition. Since his last start in Malaysia, he's fallen 11 spots to 100th in the Official World Golf Ranking. The 25-year-old is not yet eligible for any of the majors, remaining World Golf Championships or THE PLAYERS.
Source: BT,DK/golf
Mar 18 - 1:30 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen alerted his followers on Twitter today that he had surgery on his left hand.

In the tweet before the procedure, he wrote, "Just about to go into surgery for my hand operation. Need some tendon repair work done then I'll be back stronger." His post-surgery message read, "Out of surgery and all has gone well." The Dane opened the 2015 season on the European Tour with a T50 in Abu Dhabi, but chased it with three consecutive cuts, including at last week's Maybank Malaysian Open. He's no longer a PGA TOUR cardholder, but we'll keep an eye on his progress given his relevance to European Tour gamers. He has not provided an estimated timeline for recovery, but you can be sure that it will be several months before he's ready to resume full-time competition.
Feb 9 - 3:23 PM

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

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