Olesen finishes eagle-birdie, leads by 3 at British Masters
SUTTON COLDFIELD, England
Thorbjorn Olesen finished eagle-birdie to shoot 3-under the 69 and take a three-stroke lead in the final round of the British Masters as he aimed for a first win in four years amid a career rebuild.
The Danish golfer broke a four-way tie for the lead on Saturday after nearly making his 242-yard approach on the par-5 17th hole. He tapped from two feet for a second eagle of the day and birdied a putt from 23 feet at the last.
Olesen had 11 under overall, with third-round leader Hurly Long (73) and Marcus Armitage (70) the closest challengers with 8 under.
American Chase Hanna was part of a five-man group further back after shooting 66, the lowest round of the day at the Belfry.
Olesen’s last victory dates back to the Italian Open in June 2018. He was suspended from the European tour the following year after being accused of sexually assaulting a woman and being in a state of intoxicated during a robbery following a World Golf Championships event in Tennessee.
Olesen was acquitted by a court in December after saying he had no recollection of his behavior because he drank alcohol and took sleeping pills. He said the case had a “devastating impact” on his career, having plunged in the rankings from his position at No. 62 at the time of the incidents.
Olesen is ranked No. 376 and has not finished higher than a tie for 12th in any of his seven events on the European tour this year.
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