Thornbjorn Olesen held off two late charges to finish 20-under and win the Turkish Airlines Open, the first leg of the Race to Dubai Final Series.
David Horsey and China’s Hao-Tong Li each shot a 65 to shave four strokes off Olesen’s lead, but it wasn’t enough. The Norwegian shot a 69 to win by three strokes with a combined 264.
Olesen would have had to pull a Jean Van de Velde to have lost the tournament, leading by seven strokes to start the day. It was his first round with more than one bogey, and he was just even par through 11 holes before birdying 12, 14, and 15 to put the tournament on ice.
Olesen jumped up to ninth in the new Race to Dubai standings with 1,751,89 points. He’s just 9,000 points out of seventh place. Henrik Stenson leads the race with 3.843 million points despite not playing the Turkish Airlines Open. Danny Willett is second with 3.591 million, and Rory McIlroy, winner of the PGA’s FedEx Cup earlier this year, has 2.824 million.