Olesen strikes late to end winless run

Olesen pulls clear at The Belfry

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen ended a four-year title drought run on the DP World Tour as he defended his lead in the final round in dramatic fashion at the Betfred British Masters at The Belfry.

Olesen had opened a three-shot lead heading into the final round at the Midlands course, but he was unable to maintain that advantage on a tense final day.

He trailed by two shots with two holes remaining after carding just one birdie and five bogeys up to that point but regained his composure to follow a 30-foot eagle at the par-five 17th with a 35-footer for a birdie at the last to salvage a one-over par 73.

That allowed him to finish on 10-under par to beat Sebastian Soderberg (68) by just one shot while Scottish duo Richie Ramsay and Connor Syme shared third with South Africa’s Justin Walters at -8.

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Chase Hanna and Hurly Long claimed a share of sixth, while Julien Brun, Jamie Donaldson, Ryan Fox, Mikko Korhonen, Romain Langasque, Richard Mansell, JC Ritchie and Fabrizio Zanotti ended the weekend tied-8th.

The weekend and spotlight belonged to Olesen, though, and he says it is a huge moment for him after a tough few years on tour.

He told reporters: “It’s a massive tournament won by so many great names, so it’s a privilege to have my name on the trophy.

“It was obviously a pretty tough day and hit a lot of shots to the left. I was really struggling. I somehow just kept going, and yeah, what a finish. Incredible.

“Standing on 17, I’m thinking I can make birdie, birdie and maybe get into a play-off. But obviously, when I got the chance on 17, I prefer to take that. 18 is a tough hole, so par is a good score, obviously. I just gave it everything.”

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Author: Lucille White