Thorbjorn (which translates to Thunder Bear) signaled to the golfing world his outstanding talent when as an 18 year-old, he finished 4th in the Scandinavian Masters late in the summer of 2008 while being a member of the Nordic mini tour. After playing a handful of events on the Challenge Tour in 2009, he went to the qualifying school and missed out on his full European Tour card by just 1 shot. Perhaps a blessing in disguise, he committed himself in 2010 to the Challenge Tour, a Tour which he was the stand-out player on, winning once at the Ecco Tour Championship and finishing 3rd on the final rankings, thus gaining promotion to the European Tour.
In his first event on the European Tour in 2011, he finished tied 2nd at Leopard Creek and then tied 9th the following week at the South African Open, thus underlining his talent. Further success followed throughout the season and he finished his rookie year 48th on the Race to Dubai.
In 2012, Thorbjorn won his first event on the European Tour at the Sicilian Open. The resulting boost in self-confidence saw Thorbjorn produce far more consistent results but his year was turned around even further when he came through a play-off at Sunningdale Golf Club to qualify for The Open. It was there that he shone on the big stage, partnering Tiger Woods in the 3rd round and matching him shot for shot, ultimately finishing in a tie for 9th. It was that performance which catapulted him into the world’s top 100 for the first time, leading to his first appearance in the US at the USPGA Championship.
After this, his career progression has been noteworthy. He finished the year 15th on the Race to Dubai and broke into the top 50 in the world, thus earning him his invitation to the 2013 Masters Tournament. In 2013, Thorbjørn also represented Continental Europe in the Seve trophy and played in the Royal Trophy for Europe.
In 2015, Thorbjorn had his come back win by capturing the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St. Andrews. This win earned him a European Tour exemption until the end of 2017.
At the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open at the Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Thorbjorn captured his sixth professional victory. Some sensational golf over the first three days in Antalya had given Olesen a seven-shot lead heading into the final round. This seven-shot lead after 54 holes is the biggest in the history of the Turkish Airlines Open.
A closing round 69 saw the 26 year old finish on 20 under par. This win moves him up to 9th in the 2016 Race to Dubai rankings. It maintains his 100% winning record of claiming all four of his European Tour titles when leading going into the final 18 holes. Led by seven shots after 54 holes in the Turkish Airlines Open. Led by three shots going into the final round of all three of his previous European Tour victories, 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship, 2014 ISPS HANDA Perth International and 2012 Sicilian Open.
Thorbjørn and partner Søren Kjeldsen combined to win Denmark’s first ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf with a four-shot triumph at Kingston Heath less than a month after Thorbjorn’s victory at the Turkish Airlines Open. The pair started the day four shots clear of Americans Rickie Fowler and Jimmy Walker and were able to hang tough on Sunday as several other teams challenged hard.
Their lead was trimmed to a single shot early on the back nine, but the Danes were more than equal to the challenge with six birdies on the back nine, including one on the final hole courtesy of a clutch putt from Olesen. Kjeldsen and Olesen closed with a six-under 66 in the best-ball format on Sunday for a four-round total of 268.
Thorbjorn is a big football fan, following his hometown team of FC Copenhagen as well as Manchester United. He also has a keen interest in music, movies, theatre and skiing.
- Born on December 21st 1989
- Resides in London. Born in Fureso, Denmark
- Turned professional in 2008
- Reached a career high of 33rd in the OWGR
- Fluent in Danish and English
- Winner – 2016 Turkish Airlines Open
- Winner – 2016 ISPS HANDA World Cup of Golf
- Winner – 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship
- Winner – 2014 ISPS Handa Perth International
- Winner – 2012 Sicilian Open
- Winner – 2010 The Princess
- 2nd – 2016 BMW International Open
- 2nd – 2016 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters
- 2nd – AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open
- T5 – D+D REAL Czech Masters
- 6th – 2013 Masters Tournament
- 9th – 2012 Open Championship
- 2016 – Rio Olympics representing Denmark
- 2016 – Will represent Denmark in the World Cup of Golf
- 2014 – Eurasia Cup representing Europe
- 2013 – Royal Trophy representing Europe (Winners)
- 2013 – Seve Trophy representing Europe (Winners)