Thorbjørn Olesen

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Thorbjørn Olesen
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Personal information
Full nameJacob Thorbjørn Olesen
Born (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 29)
Furesø, Denmark
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
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 golfer golfer with professional status; ordinarily cannot play in amateur tournaments

In the sport of golf, the distinction between amateurs and professionals is rigorously maintained. An amateur who breaches the rules of amateur status may lose their amateur status. A golfer who has lost their amateur status may not play in amateur competitions until amateur status has been reinstated; a professional may not play in amateur tournaments unless the Committee is notified, acknowledges and confirms the participation. It is very difficult for a professional to regain their amateur status; simply agreeing not to take payment for a particular tournament is not enough. A player must apply to the governing body of the sport to have amateur status reinstated.

Turkish Airlines Open European Tour golf tournament played annually in Turkey

The Turkish Airlines Open is a European Tour golf tournament played annually in Turkey since 2013. In both 2013 and 2014 the tournament was the penultimate event of the European Tour Final Series.

Italian Open (golf)

The Italian Open is the Italian national open golf championship for men. It was founded in 1925 and has been part of the European Tour's schedule since the tour was founded in 1972. The 2018 event was the 75th edition of the championship.


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.

Challenge Tour golf tournament

The Challenge Tour is the second-tier men's professional golf tour in Europe. It is operated by the PGA European Tour and, as with on the main European Tour and the European Senior Tour, some of the events are played outside Europe. World ranking points are awarded for high finishes in Challenge Tour events. Most Challenge Tour events give 12 OWGR points to the winner, with those co-sanctioned by the European Tour earning 18 points. The Challenge Tour Grand Final gives 17 points to the winner.

The Princess was a golf tournament on the Challenge Tour, played in Sweden, from 2009 to 2011.

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.

Alfred Dunhill Championship

The Alfred Dunhill Championship is a men's professional golf tournament which is played in South Africa. It is part of the Southern African Sunshine Tour and is one of four events in South Africa that are co-sanctioned by the more prestigious European Tour.

Turin Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Turin is a city and an important business and cultural centre in northern Italy. It is the capital city of Piedmont and of the Metropolitan City of Turin, and was the first Italian capital from 1861 to 1865. The city is located mainly on the western bank of the Po River, in front of Susa Valley, and is surrounded by the western Alpine arch and Superga Hill. The population of the city proper is 875,698 while the population of the urban area is estimated by Eurostat to be 1.7 million inhabitants. The Turin metropolitan area is estimated by the OECD to have a population of 2.2 million.

Robert Rock professional golfer

Robert Rock is an English professional golfer. He has played on the European Tour since 2003. He has won twice on the tour, the 2011 BMW Italian Open and the 2012 Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. He lost to Irish amateur Shane Lowry in a playoff for the 2009 Irish Open but still collected the first prize of €500,000.

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.

Sicilian Open

The Sicilian Open, known for sponsorship reasons as the Rocco Forte Sicilian Open, was a European Tour men's professional golf tournament. It was played for the first time in 2011. The event was held in Sicily at the Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa. In 2012 the event was held at Verdura Golf & Spa Resort on a links-style course running up to the coastline. After a four-year hiatus, the tournament returned to the European Tour schedule in 2017 and 2018 at Verdura, with Rocco Forte Hotels the title sponsor. As of 2019, the event is no longer held.

The Official World Golf Ranking is a system for rating the performance level of male professional golfers. It was started in 1986.

DP World Tour Championship, Dubai

The DP World Tour Championship, Dubai is a golf tournament on the European Tour and is the climax of the European Tour Race to Dubai. It is contested on the Earth course at the Jumeirah Golf Estates in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The title sponsor is DP World, a shipping company based in Dubai.

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]

The 2013 Masters Tournament was the 77th edition of the Masters Tournament and the first of golf's four major championships to be held in 2013. It was held from April 11–14 at Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia. Adam Scott won the tournament on the second hole of a sudden death playoff against Ángel Cabrera. It was Scott's first major championship and the first time an Australian won the Masters.

PGA Tour Golf tour in the United States

The PGA Tour is the organizer of the main professional golf tours played primarily by men in the United States and North America. It organizes most of the events on the flagship annual series of tournaments also known as the PGA Tour, as well as PGA Tour Champions and the Korn Ferry Tour, as well as PGA Tour Canada, PGA Tour Latinoamérica, and PGA Tour China. The PGA Tour is a nonprofit organization headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, a suburb of Jacksonville.

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

Alfred Dunhill Links Championship golf tournament held in Scotland, United Kingdom

The Alfred Dunhill Links Championship is one of the richest golf tournaments on the European Tour. It is played in September, on three different links courses, centred on the "home of golf", St Andrews in Fife, Scotland.

Old Course at St Andrews The oldest golf course in the world

The Old Course at St Andrews is considered the oldest golf course in the world and commonly known as 'The Home of Golf'. It is a public course over common land in St Andrews, Fife, Scotland and is held in trust by The St Andrews Links Trust under an act of Parliament. The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews club house sits adjacent to the first tee, although it is but one of many clubs that have playing privileges on the course, along with the general public.

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 after allegedly groping a sleeping woman 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 is initially valid until the end of the legal proceedings. [13]

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 with 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 victoryRunners-up
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

Nordic League wins (4)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
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)

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 World Golf Championships

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Mexico Championship T53T63T45
Match Play R32R64T38T40
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T48T10T3T27
HSBC 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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