Olesen & Bjerregaard claim victory at the inaugural GolfSixes

It was another successful team event for Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen, this time teaming up with Lucas Bjerregaard and claiming victory at the first ever GolfSixes event on the European Tour.

Denmark had finished second in Group A on Saturday, with them then coming out victors against France and Italy in the quarter and semi-final matches.

It was a tight final match with a birdie on the third hole, giving Australia a 1-0 lead. But it was no surprise when Denmark came back and won the final three holes to be crowned the inaugural GolfSixes champions, with a 3-1 win over Australia.

“It’s gone pretty well for me in team events recently,” added Olesen. “I don’t know if I’m a lucky charm. I feel like I’ve had good partners, as well.”

“I was hoping for a win but Lucas played great, especially these last six holes. I was struggling a little bit.

“It’s been fantastic. Team Denmark has got a lot of support, so we’re really happy with that.”

“It’s been a very intense couple of days. Feels like you’ve played 72 holes or even more. Six holes, it’s very intense match play, playing only six holes and every shot really counts.”

Congratulations to Thorbjørn and Lucas on their fantastic win!

Team Portugal

Portugal’s Ricardo Gouveia and José-Filipe Lima cruised into the knockout stages of the GolfSixes with another dominant win in the second round of matches at the Centurion Club.

They had made five birdies in a 4-0 win over Wales in the first round of matches and made three more in another 4-0 victory over Australia to guarantee progression from Group C.

Unfortunately, they were beaten by Scotland at the quarter-final stages, 3-0, after the Scotsmen made two birdies and an eagle to claim victory and progress to the semi-finals.

It was a fantastic weekend for Ricardo and José and they both go on to play in their home open this week, at the Open de Portugal.

Thorbjørn Olesen announces multi year partnership with ISPS HANDA

International Sports Promotion Society (ISPS HANDA), the leading charity supporting blind and disabled golf, has today announced that Danish golfer Thorbjørn Olesen, will be joining their line-up of global ambassadors. Thorbjørn will be using an ISPS HANDA branded Tour bag this year as he competes around the world.

Four-time European Tour winner Olesen, has enjoyed considerable success at ISPS events having captured the 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International and 2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf with compatriot Søren Kjeldsen. He also claimed victory at the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open on the European Tour last November, following on from his T2 finish at the BMW International Open and the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters earlier on in the season. Olesen also has solid performances at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and the Shenzhen International where he finished in tied 8th at both.

Commenting on the announcement, Founder of ISPS, Dr Haruhisa Handa said, “We’re thrilled to have such amazing talent join our ambassador team at ISPS and I’m certain that he will help us spread our message to the world. At ISPS we believe in the
power of sport and its ability to change lives and Thorbjørn perfectly represent our values, not only through his sporting excellence but with his ability to inspire others both on and off the golf course.”

Thorbjørn Olesen said, “It’s always a pleasure to play at ISPS HANDA events, especially in Australia where I have fond memories having won in Perth in 2013 and at the World Cup last year. The format this week looks extremely interesting and I’m looking forward to helping ISPS spread their message around the world this year.”

About ISPS Handa

ISPS is a ‘General Incorporated Association’ based in Tokyo.  ISPS was founded by Japanese philanthropist Dr Haruhisa Handa in 2006 to support charitable causes throughout the sporting world.  ISPS’s support for golf is founded in its belief in the “power of sport” and it has fostered partnerships with golf governing bodies worldwide to help develop the game at every level and promote blind and disabled golf. ISPS’s heritage in supporting blind and disabled golf and Dr Handa’s interest and philanthropic contribution in golf has formed the foundation of its wider mission for golf to become a Paralympic sport. Outside of golf, ISPS’s support extends to other sports including rowing, football, polo, bowling and the convening of discussion platforms for young leaders in sports.

World Cup Victory for Danish Duo

Denmark won the ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf for the first time as Søren Kjeldsen and Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a thrilling four-shot victory at Kingston Heath Golf Club.

The Danes had been a dominant force all week, with a stunning round of 60 in the fourballs on Friday helping them take a four-shot lead into a final day where they would be playing the same format.

They did not have it all their own way, though, and the lead was cut to one shot on the back nine as the United States and China kept applying the pressure and France and Sweden made surging late charges.

A run of five birdies in six holes from the tenth was to reassert the Danish dominance, however, and Kjeldsen and Olesen finished at 20 under after a closing 66.

The win completes excellent seasons for Kjeldsen and Olesen, with both finishing in the top 20 of the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex and the latter extending his streak of winning seasons on the European Tour to three with victory at the Turkish Airlines Open.

Denmark’s previous best finish at the World Cup had been in 2001 when Thomas Bjørn and Soren Hansen finished in a tie for second, and for Kjeldsen it was a first victory in his sixth appearance, while Olesen was making his third.

“It’s been an absolutely incredible week, I’ve enjoyed it so much. I’ve enjoyed the camaraderie with Thorbjørn. I’ve been so impressed by his game, his attitude, and I think we’ve had a great time and that reflects in the result. When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy” said Kjeldsen.

“When you’ve got a guy like this on the back nine on Sunday, it’s like you feel you want to die for the guy. It’s different and that’s been really interesting to feel this. I sort of get the sense why teams get so together when they play well. I’ve never really experienced that before this week. I really enjoyed that and that team feeling is amazing. We obviously don’t get that very often” said Søren.

Olesen added: “It was tough but me and Søren have been great this week with just our mental strength. We’ve been very, very good keeping calm and playing our own game and we’ve both been playing well. So I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time”.

“We play different games but I think that’s actually really nice because then we don’t talk too much about the shots with each other, we just play our own shots and I think that helped a lot. I wasn’t too nervous on that back nine. I felt like we’ve got to make some birdies at some point. They came at the right time” said Thorbjørn.

Thorbjørn played a beautiful second and exquisite chip to birdie the par five 14th and then put his tee-shot to 12 feet for another birdie on the 15th and a four-shot lead.

Dubuisson birdied the last and the United States and China picked up further birdies, but the job was done, with Olesen applying the gloss on the last.

Congratulations Thorbjorn on your second win this month and to your partner Søren too!

Olesen claims victory at the Turkish Airlines Open

Thorbjørn Olesen overcame a challenge from David Horsey to claim his fourth European Tour victory in the Turkish Airlines Open at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort.

Some incredible golf over the first three days in Antalya had given Denmark’s Olesen a seven-shot lead heading into the final round.

England’s David Horsey was the only challenger to Thorbjørn as he got within one, but Olesen matched his nearest challenger’s  by adding further gains on the 14th and 15th to pull clear once more.

A closing 69 saw the 26 year old finish on 20 under par.

“I actually slept alright the last couple of days,” Olesen said when asked about his huge overnight lead. “It was a weird feeling – I knew the guys today were able to shoot a low number so I had to make a few birdies. After nine holes guys were shooting really low numbers so all of a sudden there was a lot of pressure on.”

“I felt like I kept it pretty steady. Obviously the last four holes were tough mentally.”

Olesen won the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship last year after a run of missing 13 cuts in 18 events, and it was a similar story in Antalya after making just three of his last 12.

“It means a lot,” he added. “The last couple of months have been pretty poor and I haven’t played well and all of a sudden you’re leading by a big margin and it was difficult when you haven’t been playing well for that long.”

Olesen responded with his first gain of the day from 20 feet on the fifth, only for Horsey to ramp up the pressure with gains on the seventh and ninth.

And with Olesen finishing his back nine with a wayward drive followed by a three-putt for bogey, the gap was down to two to set up an exciting back nine.

However, once he birdied the 12th Olesen never looked back when he produced a superb recovery from the trees to rescue par.

Olesen claims third European title at The Alfred Dunhill Links

Sunday evening at the Alfred Dunhill links Championship at St.Andrews is always special. This year’s event was made even more special with Thorbjørn Olesen’s victory at the Home of Golf, claiming his third European Tour title. Thor came second at this event in 2012 and went one better on Sunday, posting a one under par 71 to finish the week on 18 under par, two shots clear of his Hambric Sports stablemate, Brooks Koepka.

It has been a tough year for Thor having dealt with hand surgery that sidelined him for almost 3 months and, with results not going his way over the last few weeks, it was hugely impressive to see how he handled himself having held a 2 shot lead going into the final round and kept the chasing pack at bay right up to the final hole on Sunday.

After his victory Thor said, “It’s been a very tough year and standing here with this trophy is unbelievable.”

Congratulations Thor we are all so happy for you and to see the work you have put in over the last few months having come back from surgery will make this victory all the more special.

Enjoy the celebrations

Thorbjørn Triumphs Down Under

Thorbjørn Olesen romped to his second European Tour title at the ISPS HANDA Perth International as a closing 71 gave the Dane a three shot victory over Victor Dubuisson at Lake Karrinyup.

The 24 year old, whose previous win came in Sicily two years ago, started the day three clear but saw that advantage reduced to one after a jittery start to the back nine. With Dubuisson setting the clubhouse mark at 14 under par, Olesen responded with birdies at the 13th and 15th to restore his advantage and claim the €198,300 prize with a 17 under par total.

“It was tough – they were not easy conditions today,” said Olesen.

“It was a tough day but it was worth it – that walk down 18 was beautiful.”

“It’s been a couple of years since I won last time, so this gives me a lot of confidence and belief for the last bit of the season, this has been a great week and I’ve really enjoyed being here.”

Congrats T.O. we are all delighted for you.

Check out the link below to watch all the action from the final day.

http://www.europeantour.com/videoaudio/video/videoid=240457.html

Fernández-Castaño & Olesen named in Team Europe for Eurasia Cup

Miguel Angel Jiménez has selected Thorbjørn Olesen as one of his two Captain’s Picks to complete the European Team for next month’s EURASIA CUP presented by DRB – HICOM. Thorbjørn joins Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño in the inaugural tournament that sees some of the best European players compete against Thongchai Jaidee and his Asian Team.

“I had an idea that Miguel was thinking of picking me because we spoke about it in Dubai, but you never know how these things are going to go until you receive the call so I was obviously delighted when the phone rang,” said Olesen.

The tournament runs from the 27th to the 29th of March and will be played at the Glenmarie Golf and Country Club in Kuala Lumpur.

Congratulations to both Gonzalo and Thorbjørn.

Hambric at the US Masters

Hambric Sports clients had a great week at the Masters. Dustin Johnson was in pole position for quite some time, Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño was always in contention and Thorbjørn Olesen showed his true potential with a T6 finish, a guarantee of an appearance at next year’s event and many of golf pundits speaking highly of his game.

After a first round 78, Thorbjørn shot 70, 68, 68 and entered the famed back nine on Sunday with a true chance to post a number to chase. During the week he had 21 birdies, 1 eagle and learnt what it takes to play Augusta in the heat of the battle, a fantastic debut in the Masters…..

 

Thorbjørn tied second in Abu Dhabi

Thorbjørn Olesen…

Thorbjørn continues his progress up the world rankings with a great finish at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship, just failing to birdie the last to force a play off against eventual winner Jamie Donaldson.  With a closing round 69 Thorbjørn fell just one shot short.

Fellow Hambric Sports client Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño had a solid tournament too and finished on -8 and tied 9th to continue his good start to the season. Joel Sjöholm also had a solid tournament. Well played guys! Click here to view article.