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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 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

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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

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