Olesen confirms pedigree with Perth victory
Denmark’s Thorbjørn Olesen confirmed his status as one of Europe’s most exciting prospects after claiming a second European Tour title at the ISPS HANDA Perth International at the Lake Karrinyup Country Club.
The Dane closed with a 71 for a 17-under par to prevail by three shots from European Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson, who surged up the leaderboard with a final round 66, with England’s Mark Foster alone in third place at 12-under par.
Thorbjørn Olesen holds the 2014 Perth International trophy (Credit: Getty Images)
The 24-year-old, who tied for 6th in his debut appearance at the 2013 Masters Tournament won by Adam Scott, last won on the European Tour in Sicily two years ago. He started the day three shots clear of the chasing pack but saw that advantage reduced to one after a nervous start to the back nine.
However, Olesen responded with birdies at the 13th and 15th to restore his advantage and claim the $285,500 first prize over the Frenchman.
“It was a tough day but it was worth it – that walk down 18 was beautiful.” said Olesen.
“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.”
The win confirms Olesen’s place in the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai at the end of the upcoming Final Series and should see his world ranking climb back inside the Top 100.
Dubuisson got better as the week went on after flying to Perth directly from the World Matchplay Championship in London the previous week. He thrilled the galleries with his play on Sunday which, for a while, looked to have been good enough to snatch the title until Olesen steadied the ship.
“It was a good finish. I played really well the four days.” Dubuisson said, “Today my long game was really good but still missed a lot of putts which could have made the difference. But 66 was a really good round.”
“(My) form on the greens was so-so as I only made the short birdie putts. But I am really confident as my long game is great so I’m looking forward to the Final Series tournaments now.”
Australia’s Matthew Griffin and Stephen Dartnall both enjoyed productive weeks to finish in a tie for 4th place and earn close to $63,000 in the co-sanctioned European Tour event. South Australian Wade Ormsby also finished inside the top ten with a tie for 9th place at 10-under.
As the European Tour now heads to China to commence the Race to Dubai Finals, the PGA Tour of Australasia turns its attention to Kalgoorlie for the $110,000 WA PGA Championship from 30th October – 2nd November where Jack Wilson will attempt to defend his title.