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Thorbjørn Olesen

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

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Denmark, represented by Thorbjørn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen, closed out victory at the World Cup of Golf in sensational style, shooting 6-under-par 35-31=66 to total 20-under 268 at Kingston Heath Golf Club and finish four clear of France, China and the U.S.A.
A second round 60 had vaulted the Danes into the lead, a calm head kept them there through Saturday's foursomes and a becalmed front nine Sunday, before they confirmed victory with a blistering back nine. Veteran Kjeldsen had been to the fore on that front nine, with a superb approach to 4'0" for birdie at the par-three 6th and a classy up-and-down from sand for par at the 7th. But a bogey at No. 8 saw them turn in level par, just two ahead of a chasing, and charging, pack. Whereupon Olesen caught fire. At 10, 11 and 13 he sucked approaches inside 6-feet. At the first of those Kjeldsen beat him into the hole for the red number but otherwise he did the ticking as the pack got to within a shot. He made two more at 14 and 15 before closing out his nation's first-ever success in the event with a 25'0" par breaker on the final green. "Today on the back nine I felt like I would die for my partner," said Kjeldsen afterwards. "I've never experienced that before." Nov 27 - 3:59 AM

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Thorbjørn Olesen and Soren Kjeldsen parlayed to slot a superb third round of 2-under-par 33-37=70 leaving Denmark 14-under 202 after three laps of Kingston Heath GC and four clear of the United States in the World Cup of Golf.

The Danes had thrashed the course in Friday's fourballs (carding 60), but returning to the foursomes format on Saturday required patience and guile; they were more than up to task, with only two of the 28 teams bettering their 70. They made bogey at No. 3 but atoned in style; Kjeldsen dropped a birdie at the 4th from 6'0" and Olesen followed him in from 12'0" at the 5th. A magnificent Kjeldsen sand shot from greenside at the 8th set up another par breaker and when Olesen arrowed his approach at the 10th to 12'0" Kjeldsen took advantage; they led by 6. There was another red number at 13, but bogeys at 11 and 17 saw the gap drop to four by the close of play. The Danes are chasing history: their nation has never claimed victory in this tournament, but they are wary of the heightened volatility of the final round betterball format. "We showed yesterday that a really low score is possible out there in the fourballs," said Olesen.
Nov 26 - 3:53 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen claimed the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open, the fourth European Tour victory of his career, with a 2-under-par round of 34-35=69 at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, his 20-under total of 264 leaving runners-up David Horsey and Hao Tong Li trailing three shots in his wake.

The Dane entered the final round with a dominant seven-shot advantage over the field, but his becalmed front nine – containing one birdie and one bogey – plus a charge by David Horsey meant the gap was down to just one as he teed off on the par-five 12th. Whereupon he showed his class: a birdie-four doubling the gap and two holes later he made a 7th par-three birdie of the week at the 14th with a tap-in before another birdie-four (at 15) gave him the freedom to bogey the 16th and hit an errant drive at 17 before closing out the win. It ends an oddly two-tone campaign: seven top 20s in the first 13 starts, never better than T30 in his next 11 starts until this week. It also bounces him into the top ten in the Race to Dubai after part one of the three stage Final Series. "It's been difficult not playing well the last three or four months," he said afterwards. "I just got over the line."
Nov 6 - 8:33 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen continued to dominate the Turkish Airlines Open, cruising the course to post a third round 3-under-par 32-36=68 and open up a seven-shot lead over a group of five on 18-under 195.

The Dane has completely taken to the Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, even coping with a mid-round lull to press on again late in his round and actually extend what was already a strong advantage over the field. On the front nine he made birdie-2s at the 2nd and 6th to make it five par-three birdies on the bounce, but when he hit the turn that flat patch occurred: He made bogey at ten and failed to birdie the par-five 12th; his lead was down to four. But he drained par breakers from 12'0" at the 14th, 2'0" at the 15th and 25'0" at the 16th, and with errors from his nearest challengers was suddenly eight clear. A clumsy final hole bogey ceded one of those shots. He has held four 54-hole leads on the European Tour, all of them by three shots and is 3-for-4.
Nov 5 - 10:18 AM

Thorbjorn Olesen smashed a course record 9-under-par 30-32=62 to assume a commanding six-shot halfway lead on 15-under 127 in the Turkish Airlines Open, the first event of the European Tour's Final Series.

The Dane brought the tree-lined Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort layout to its knees with a sparkling display that left the field in his wake. He opened with birdie-3 at the first before ending the front nine with three more red numbers in four holes at 6, 8 (from 35'0") and 9. His only error of the day came with a bogey-5 at the 11th, but he blazed his way home, ticking 13 and 14 before dropping a 40'0" eagle putt at the par-5 15th. He then closed out in style, cutting a brilliant recovery from trees at 17 to 20'0" before draining the putt and then hitting an approach from 121 yards to 5'0" at the final hole and converting. He leads Thongchai Jaidee and Adrian Otaegui by six heading into the weekend. He has held three previous 36-hole ET leads, converting none of them, but never when holding an advantage this great. "A lot better than yesterday," he said afterwards. "I have to stay aggressive. 36 holes is a long way to go."
Nov 4 - 10:04 AM

Thorbjørn Olesen crafted a bogey-free 6-under-par 32-33=65 in round one of the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, good enough for second place in the clubhouse and just a shot behind leader George Coetzee.

That's better from the Dane. Olesen has seven missed cuts, two T50s and a T30 in his last 10 starts although hinted at a return to form when twice shooting 67 in Portugal on his latest outing. Today, he found a groove and made every birdie count by keeping the bogeys at bay. His set of red numbers started with back-to-back par breakers at 3 and 4 before he added four more coming home (11, 12, 15 and 18). Olesen is one of the few in the field this week to have played at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, the three-time European Tour winner posting T43 when it staged a Challenge Tour event in 2010. He started the Final Series at 38th on the Race to Dubai after some strong early-season results.
Nov 3 - 8:55 AM

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

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.
Source: PGA.com
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