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 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].
PGA Championship: the year’s second men’s major championship is hosted by Southern Hills CC, Tulsa, Oklahoma, amidst doubt as to whether reigning champion Phil Mickelson will defend his title (May 19-22).
Soudal Open: Belgium’s return to European Tour golf sees 36-hole Rinkven International GC host the Soudal Open, the country’s national open championship (May 12-15).
Scottie Scheffler: bags the 2022 Masters Tournament title, and with it a fourth win in six starts on the PGA Tour and his first major championship victory.
Stephen Dodd: took the European Senior Tour’s 2021 Order of Merit honours following the abandonment due to rain of the season’s final event, the MCB Tour Championship – Mauritius (April 1-3, 2022).
Golf World Top 100: Best Golf Courses in Europe. From France to Spain to the Netherlands and Norway, the Golf World Top 100 panel reveals the places you have to play (published 20 October 2021).
New 27-hole golf complex to be built in southern Belgium
A new golf complex in southern Belgium, close to the border with Luxembourg, will start construction in June 2021.
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