Thorbjørn Olesen

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Thorbjørn Olesen
Thorbjørn Olesen at the 2011 Omega European Masters.jpg
Personal information
Full nameJacob Thorbjørn Olesen
Born (1989-12-21) 21 December 1989 (age 30)
Furesø, Denmark
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Weight154 lb (70 kg; 11.0 st)
Nationality Denmark
ResidenceLondon, England
Turned professional2008
Current tour(s)European Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Challenge Tour
Professional wins12
Highest ranking33 (28 April 2013)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour5
PGA Tour of Australasia1
Challenge Tour1
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT6: 2013
PGA ChampionshipT27: 2012
U.S. OpenCUT: 2013, 2018, 2019
The Open ChampionshipT9: 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[edit]

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[edit]

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)[edit]

European Tour wins (5)[edit]

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 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
5 3 Jun 2018 Italian Open −22 (65-68-65-64=262) 1 stroke Italy Francesco Molinari

1Co-sanctioned by 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 (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
Masters Tournament T6 T44
The Open Championship CUT T9 CUT T64 CUT T62 T12
PGA Championship T27 T40 T30 CUT T44 T56
Tournament 2019
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


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 1 2 3 3
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 1 2 8 5
Totals 0 0 0 0 2 4 21 14
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (twice)
  • 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 2018 2019
Mexico Championship T53 T63 T45
Match Play R32 R64 T38 T40
FedEx St. Jude Invitational T48 T10 T3 T27
HSBC Champions T11 T6 T19 T31 T7
  Top 10
  Did not play

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

Team appearances[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Week 17 2013 Ending 28 Apr 2013" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 4 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Olesen wins by two in Sweden". The News & Observer. The Sports Network. 4 July 2010.
  3. ^ "Olesen shoots final day 62 but misses out by one". Sky Sports. 12 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Thorbjorn Olesen wins Sicilian Open". ESPN. Associated Press. 1 April 2012.
  5. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – Week 13, 2012" (PDF). 1 April 2012.
  6. ^ "Official World Golf Ranking – Week 47, 2012" (PDF). 25 November 2012.
  7. ^ "Olesen now temporary member". PGA Tour. 19 April 2013.
  8. ^ a b c "Thorbjorn Olesen". OWGR. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  9. ^ Malyon, Ed (30 September 2018). "Amid champagne and chaos Europe drink in their golden moment". The Independent. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  10. ^ "Report: Thorbjorn Olesen is accused of sexually assaulting sleeping woman, urinating in aisle of plane". Golfweek. 1 August 2019.
  11. ^ "Ryder Cup winner Olesen charged with sexual assault on flight". Reuters. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 7 August 2019.
  12. ^ "European Tour suspends Olesen following arrest". ESPN. Associated Press. 6 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Nach Zwischenfall im Flugzeug: Olesen kommt vor Gericht". Golf Magazin (in German). 21 August 2019. Retrieved 12 October 2019.

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