Thorbjorn Olesen wins the British Masters at The Belfry in dramatic fashion after ‘tough years’.

An eagle birdie finish propelled Thorbjorn Olesen to the British Masters title at The Belfry on Sunday. With his sixth career victory on the DP World Tour, the former European Ryder Cupper has officially rejoined the winners’ circle after a three-year roller coaster ride.

“Of course that was a pretty tough day,” said Olesen, who went into the final round with a three-stroke lead. “I took a lot of shots to the left and I was really struggling. I kind of just kept going and yeah, what a finish, amazing.”

Arriving on the par-5 17, the 32-year-old found himself four overs and two down on Sebastian Soderberg for the day. Knowing it would take something special to keep up with the clubhouse lead, Olesen found the green in two and faced a protracted eagle try which he eventually converted. On the 18th, Olesen again secured the British Masters crown from afar.

“It’s two very long putts, but yeah, somehow I just had so much confidence in that 17 that I was going to make it,” said Olesen. “I just sort of forced it, which was incredible. Especially with the crowd, the UK viewers have been fantastic all week.”

Olesen’s win at Sutton Coldfied, England, was his first since the 2018 Italian Open. The following year, the Dane made headlines for his off-course actions after competing in the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. On board a flight from Nashville to London, Olesen was charged with sexual assault, assault by beating and being intoxicated on a flight after mixing alcohol and sleeping pills.

In a December 2021 trial, Olesen was found not guilty of any charges. “I felt absolutely terrible and I was very sorry,” said Olesen. “I couldn’t believe what they said happened. I was just embarrassed and felt terrible.

“I paid a very high price for my mistake,” he continued. “This case has had a devastating impact on me personally, on my family and on my career.” Once ranked 38th in the official golf world rankings, Olesen fell from the top 500 losing numerous contracts and sponsorships in the process.

After his triumph at the British Masters, Olesen is set to climb back into the top 200 in the world. “It’s very special,” said Olesen. “It’s been a tough couple of years, so yeah, it’s very special.” Thorbjorn Olesen wins the British Masters at The Belfry in dramatic fashion after ‘tough years’.

Justin Scacco

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