Olesen Takes Dunhill Title

Thorbjorn Olesen’s  worst round of the Alfred Dunhill Championship was still enough to take the title, as the Norwegian finished 18-under overall to win by two strokes.

After trailing a pair of British wunderkind for half of the tournament, Olesen ended up having to hold off a pair of Americans, each of whom finished two strokes behind him at 16-under.

Ultimately the cream rose to the top as five of the top six finishers are all in the top 30 of the Race to Dubai standings.

Olesen did his best to give the rest of the field the chance to catch up on Sunday. After birdying his first hole he double bogeyed No. 2 and bogeyed No. 3 to balloon to 2-over for the day.

He righted the ship with back-to-back birdies on 4 and 5, then rattled off nine straight pars before really cementing the victory with another birdie on No. 15.

Over the span of the tournament’s four courses, Olsen had 14 birdies and just one bogey on the back nine.

Koepka, the American ranked 17th in the world and eighth in the Race to Dubai standings, fired a 5-under 67 to finish second, moving up six spots on the final day. His lone glitch – a bogey on No. 13 – kept him from really pressuring Olesen late.

Englishman Chris Wood fired a 7-under 65 to finish third at 15-under, rising 35 spots on the final day, and shooting 14-under over the final two rounds after being just 1-under through the first two days.

No doubt Wood will be kicking himself for a few days about the ends of Rounds 1 and 2, when he double-bogeyed No. 17 on Thursday and No. 18 on Friday.

The two amateurs who charged to the forefront early wound up 19th and 30th, respectively. Paul Dunne shot a final-round 70 to drop three places, tying for 19th while Jimmy Mullen shot a 71 to wind up tied for 30th at 10-under.

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