Name:Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen
Born:Dec 21, 1989 in Furesø, nr Copenhagen, Denmark.
Original/Home Club:Furesø, Denmark
Ryder Cup player (2018). Multiple wins on the European Tour. World Cup of Golf winner (2016, with Søren Kjeldsen).
After turning professional in 2008, Olesen enjoyed four wins on the Nordic Tour and one on the Challenge Tour, before joining the full European Tour in 2011. Some notable top 10 finishes came in his rookie year, not least at the French and Italian Opens where he finished in ties for second place.
Olesen's breakthrough European Tour victory came in the 2012 Sicilian Open, with further wins following in 2014, '15 and '16. In partnership with compatriot Søren Kjeldsen, Olesen capped a very successful 2016 with Denmark's first ever win in the World Cup of Golf.
Played as the inaugural Thailand Classic (Feb 16-19; European-DP World Tour event). Second-placed Yannik Paul (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Thorbjørn Olesen (Den). [Amata Spring CC, Bangkok, Thailand]. Note: the Thailand Classic title was previously used for an unrelated Asian/European Tours event held in 2015 and 2016.
Played as the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett (May 5-8). Second-placed Sebastian Soderberg (Swe) finished 1 shot behind Thorbjørn Olesen (Den). [Brabazon course, The Belfry, Wishaw, nr Birmingham].
Played as the Italian Open (May 31-Jun 3; second of eight Eurpn Tr Rolex Series event). Second-placed and home country favourite Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Olesen (Den), who recorded his fifth European Tour win. [Gardagolf CC, Soiano del Lago, nr Brescia, Lake Garda].
Played as the Turkish Airlines Open (Nov 3-6; first of three European Tour Final Series events). Second-placed David Horsey (Eng) and Haotong Li (China) finished 3 shots behind Thorbjørn Olesen (Den), who claimed his fourth European Tour win. [Carya GC, Belek, nr Antalya, Turkey].
Played as the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship (Oct 1-4). Second-placed Brooks Koepka (USA) and Chris Stroud (USA) finished 2 shots behind Thorbjørn Olesen (Den), who recorded his third European Tour win. [Old Course, St Andrews, Fife. Earlier rounds of this pro-am event also played at Carnoustie and Kingsbarns].
Played as the ISPS Handa Perth International (Oct 23-26; Eurpn/Aus Trs event). Second-placed Victor Dubuisson (Fra) finished 3 shots behind Thorbjørn Olesen (Den), who claimed his second European Tour title. [Lake Karrinyup CC, Perth, WA, Aus].
Played as the Sicilian Open (Mar 29-Apr 1; next played in 2017). Second-placed Chris Wood (Eng) finished 1 shot behind 22-year-old Thorbjørn Olesen (Den), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Verdura Resort, Sciacca, Sicily; composite of East & West courses, mainly using holes from the West].
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Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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