Thorbjørn Olesen

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Thorbjørn Olesen
Thorbjørn Olesen at the 2011 Omega European Masters.jpg
Personal information
Full name Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen
Born (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 27)
Furesø, Denmark
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight 154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Nationality  Denmark
Residence London, England
Turned professional 2008
Current tour(s) European Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 10
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 4
PGA Tour of Australasia 1
Challenge Tour 1
Other 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T6: 2013
U.S. Open CUT: 2013
The Open Championship T9: 2012
PGA Championship T27: 2012

Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen (born 21 December 1989) is a Danish professional golfer who plays on the European Tour.

Olesen was born in Furesø and 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.[1] 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.[2] 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.[3] This victory placed him in the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.[4] 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[5] 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.[6]

Professional wins (10)[edit]

European Tour wins (4)[edit]

Major championships (0)
World Golf Championships (0)
Race to Dubai finals 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 England Chris Wood
2 26 Oct 2014 ISPS Handa Perth International1 −17 (64-69-67-71=271) 3 strokes France Victor Dubuisson
3 4 Oct 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship −18 (68-66-65-71=270) 2 strokes United States Brooks Koepka, United States Chris Stroud
4 6 Nov 2016 Turkish Airlines Open −20 (65-62-68-69=264) 3 strokes England David Horsey, China Li Haotong

1Co-sanctioned with the PGA Tour of Australasia

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2015 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open South Africa George Coetzee Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runners-up
1 4 Jul 2010 The Princess −14 (69-66-65-70=270) 2 strokes Sweden Peter Gustafsson, Austria Bernd Wiesberger

Nordic League wins (4)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 22 Oct 2008 Ecco Tour Qualification −10 (67-67=134) 2 strokes Sweden Petter Bocian
2 22 Jan 2009 Hi5 Pro Tour Oliva Nova Open −1 (74-73-68=215) 1 stroke England Sean Elliott, Denmark Kristian Nielsen
3 29 Jan 2009 Hi5 Pro Tour Open de Quara −3 (70-70-73=213) Playoff England Peter James
4 15 Aug 2009 JELD-WEN Masters −9 (71-65-71=207) 3 strokes Denmark Kristian Nielsen

Other wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T6 T44 DNP DNP
The Open Championship CUT T9 CUT T64 DNP CUT
PGA Championship DNP T27 T40 T30 DNP CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 2
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 5 2
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 3
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 2 12 7
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (2013 PGA – 2014 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (twice)

Results in World Golf Championships[edit]

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Mexico Championship DNP T53 DNP DNP DNP T63
Match Play DNP R32 R64 DNP T38 DNP
Bridgestone Invitational DNP T48 DNP DNP DNP
HSBC Champions T11 DNP T6 T19 DNP

DNP = Did not play
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

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