Where Thorbjorn Olesen goes from here in terms of 2014 success is anyone’s guess, but you couldn’t ask for any hotter of a ride to be on starting the Final Series in the Race to Dubai.
The 24-year-old Finn led the ISPS HANDA Perth International wire to wire, cruising to a 3-stroke victory by overcoming a hard charge from France’s Victor Dubuisson on Sunday.
The win moved Olesen from the outside looking in to No. 42 in the Race to Dubai standings. He won €198,3000 for his second career total by finishing at 17-under.
It was far from a flawless round; Olesen hit more bogeys (3) on Sunday than he had in the previous three rounds combined (2). But when it got tight late, he responded with birdies on 13 and 15, then followed with three straight pars.
Dubuisson was 7 strokes back after a day, but closed in impressive fashion. After a double bogey 5 on No. 12 Saturday, he shot 7-under for the remaining 22 holes of the tournament.
The UK’s Mark Foster finished third at 12-under with a final round 69. Five players finished tied for fourth, including Australia’s own Matthew Griffin and Steve Dartnall.
American Jason Dufner, on course for the first time since the PGA Championship in August, finished tied for 23rd at 6-under. Dufner was 1-over on Sunday.