Thorbjørn Olesen

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Thorbjørn Olesen
Thorbjorn Olesen at the 2011 Omega European Masters.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJacob Thorbjørn Olesen
Born (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 31)
Hareskovby, Furesø Municipality, Denmark
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Sporting nationalityFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Residence London, England
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Challenge Tour
Professional wins12
Highest ranking 33 (28 April 2013) [1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour5
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T6: 2013
PGA Championship T27: 2012
U.S. Open CUT: 2013, 2018, 2019
The Open Championship T9: 2012

Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen (born 21 December 1989) is a Danish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour, where he has won five times including the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open and the 2018 Italian Open. He has also won two important pairs events, representing Denmark, the 2016 World Cup of Golf with Søren Kjeldsen and the 2017 GolfSixes with Lucas Bjerregaard.


Professional career

Olesen turned professional in 2008. He finished in fourth place on the third tier Nordic League rankings in 2009, having won three tournaments, to graduate to Europe's second tier Challenge Tour for 2010. During his début season he claimed his first Challenge Tour title at The Princess, held in Sweden at the beginning of July. [2] He finished third in the 2010 Challenge Tour ranking, earning him full exemption (category 10b) for the 2011 European Tour.

In December 2010, Olesen tied for second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the first tournament of the 2011 European Tour season. This was equaled in June 2011, when Olesen tied for second at the BMW Italian Open in Turin, mostly due to a 10-under-par round of 62 on the final day, but still coming up short by one stroke of Englishman Robert Rock. [3] The following month Olesen finished in a tie for second again at the Alstom Open de France when he bogeyed the last hole to finish one stroke behind Thomas Levet. With this finish, Olesen qualified for The 2011 Open Championship, his first major.

Olesen won the 2012 Sicilian Open. [4] This victory placed him in the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. [5] After the final event of the 2012 season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai where he finished T21, Olesen moved into the world top-50 for the first time as No. 50 [6] and played the Masters for the first time in 2013.

In the 2013 Masters Tournament, after an opening round of 78, Olesen shot rounds of 70, 68, and 68 to finish at four-under-par 284, good enough for a sixth place tie. His final three rounds of 206 combined were ten-under-par, the best in the tournament. He earned enough money to be eligible for Special Temporary Membership on the PGA Tour, which he accepted. This allowed him unlimited sponsor exemptions for the remainder of the 2013 season. [7]

In 2015, Olesen won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at the Old Course at St Andrews. [8]

In 2016, Olesen won the Turkish Airlines Open in Turkey. This was part of the Race to Dubai Final Series. [8]

In 2018, Olesen won the Italian Open for his fifth European Tour victory. [8]

In September 2018, Olesen qualified for the 2018 Ryder Cup European team. Europe regained the Ryder Cup, winning by 17½ points to 10½. Olesen went 1–1 including defeating Jordan Spieth in singles (5 and 4). [9]

Personal life

On 29 July 2019, Olesen was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a British Airways flight. He was also accused of urinating in a first-class aisle. [10] On 6 August 2019, he was formally charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault. [11] He was suspended by the European Tour pending resolution of the criminal charges. [12] The suspension was initially valid until the end of the legal proceedings. [13] In July 2020, the European Tour lifted the suspension because his court date, original scheduled for 11 May 2020, was postponed until December 2021. [14] On 8 December 2021, Olesen was cleared of all charges by a court in London. [15]

Olesen supports both F.C. Copenhagen and Manchester United. [16]

Professional wins (12)

European Tour wins (5)

Race to Dubai finals series (1)
Rolex Series (1)
Other European Tour (3)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
11 Apr 2012 Sicilian Open −15 (68-69-67-69=273)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Chris Wood
226 Oct 2014 ISPS Handa Perth International 1−17 (64-69-67-71=271)3 strokes Flag of France.svg Victor Dubuisson
34 Oct 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship −18 (68-66-65-71=270)2 strokes Flag of the United States.svg Brooks Koepka, Flag of the United States.svg Chris Stroud
46 Nov 2016 Turkish Airlines Open −20 (65-62-68-69=264)3 strokes Flag of England.svg David Horsey, Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Li Haotong
53 Jun 2018 Italian Open −22 (65-68-65-64=262)1 stroke Flag of Italy.svg Francesco Molinari

1Co-sanctioned by the PGA Tour of Australasia

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

1 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open Flag of South Africa.svg George Coetzee Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
14 Jul 2010 The Princess −14 (69-66-65-70=270)2 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Gustafsson, Flag of Austria.svg Bernd Wiesberger

Challenge Tour playoff record (0–1)

1 2010 Mugello Tuscany Open Flag of the Netherlands.svg Floris de Vries Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Nordic Golf League wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
122 Oct 2008Ecco Tour Qualification−10 (67-67=134)2 strokes Flag of Sweden.svg Petter Bocian
222 Jan 2009Hi5 Pro Tour Oliva Nova Open−1 (74-73-68=215)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Sean Elliott, Flag of Denmark.svg Kristian Nielsen
329 Jan 2009Hi5 Pro Tour Open de Quara−3 (70-70-73=213)Playoff Flag of England.svg Peter James
415 Aug 2009JELD-WEN Masters−9 (71-65-71=207)3 strokes Flag of Denmark.svg Kristian Nielsen

Other wins (2)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
127 Nov 2016 ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf
(with Flag of Denmark.svg Søren Kjeldsen)
−20 (72-60-70-66=268)4 strokesFlag of the People's Republic of China.svg  ChinaLi Haotong and Wu Ashun,
Flag of France.svg  FranceVictor Dubuisson and Romain Langasque,
Flag of the United States.svg  United StatesRickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker
27 May 2017 GolfSixes
(with Flag of Denmark.svg Lucas Bjerregaard)
3–1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  AustraliaSam Brazel and Scott Hend

Results in major championships

Masters Tournament T6T44
The Open Championship CUTT9CUTT64CUTT62T12
PGA Championship T27T40T30CUTT44T56
Masters Tournament T21
PGA Championship T64
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship T57
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place


TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 00001233
PGA Championship 00000076
U.S. Open 00000030
The Open Championship 00001285

Results in The Players Championship

The Players Championship CUTT41
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order before 2015.

Championship T53T63T45
Match Play R32R64T38T40
Invitational T48T10T3T27
Champions T11T6T19T31T7
  Top 10
  Did not play

QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied

Team appearances


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