|Full name||Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen|
|Born||21 December 1989|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Weight||154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)|
|Current tour(s)||European Tour|
|Former tour(s)|| PGA Tour |
|Highest ranking||33 (28 April 2013)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour of Australasia||1|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.He finished third in the 2010 Challenge Tour ranking, earning him full exemption (category 10b) for the 2011 European Tour.
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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.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.
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 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 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.This victory placed him in the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. 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 and played the Masters for the first time in 2013.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
In 2018, Olesen won the Italian Open for his fifth European Tour victory.
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).
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.On 6 August 2019, he was formally charged with sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault. He was suspended by the European Tour pending resolution of the criminal charges. The suspension is initially valid until the end of the legal proceedings.
|Race to Dubai finals series (1)|
|Rolex Series (1)|
|Other European Tour (3)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||1 Apr 2012||Sicilian Open||−15 (68-69-67-69=273)||1 stroke|
|2||26 Oct 2014||ISPS Handa Perth International 1||−17 (64-69-67-71=271)||3 strokes|
|3||4 Oct 2015||Alfred Dunhill Links Championship||−18 (68-66-65-71=270)||2 strokes|
|4||6 Nov 2016||Turkish Airlines Open||−20 (65-62-68-69=264)||3 strokes|
|5||3 Jun 2018||Italian Open||−22 (65-68-65-64=262)||1 stroke|
1Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||2015||AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runners-up|
|1||4 Jul 2010||The Princess||−14 (69-66-65-70=270)||2 strokes|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of victory||Runner(s)-up|
|1||22 Oct 2008||Ecco Tour Qualification||−10 (67-67=134)||2 strokes|
|2||22 Jan 2009||Hi5 Pro Tour Oliva Nova Open||−1 (74-73-68=215)||1 stroke|
|3||29 Jan 2009||Hi5 Pro Tour Open de Quara||−3 (70-70-73=213)||Playoff|
|4||15 Aug 2009||JELD-WEN Masters||−9 (71-65-71=207)||3 strokes|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T9||CUT||T64||CUT||T62||T12|
|The Open Championship||T57|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied for place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||8||5|
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
|FedEx St. Jude Invitational||T48||T10||T3||T27|
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
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