Thorbjorn Olesen Claims Thrilling Victory at British Masters

Thorbjorn Olesen Wins British Masters
Thorbjorn Olesen celebrates as he holes a birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry on May 8, 2022 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote via Getty Images)

Thorbjorn Olesen closed eagle-birdie to post 73 and claim a thrilling one-shot victory at the British Masters.

The overnight leader by three, Olesen struggled on Sunday and found himself two back of clubhouse leader Sebastian Soderberg (-9) as he walked to the 17th tee box.

The 32-year-old Dane needed back-to-back birdies to force overtime, but he went one better, dropping a 28-foot eagle on 17 and then making birdie from 35 feet to secure an astonishing win.

Thorbjorn Olesen Wins British Masters
Thorbjorn Olesen celebrates with caddie Dominic Bott after he holes a birdie putt on the 18th green to win the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry on May 8, 2022 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote via Getty Images)

“It’s a massive tournament won by so many great names so it’s a privilege to have my name on the trophy,” said Olesen, a member of the winning 2018 European Ryder Cup team.

He continued: “It was obviously a pretty tough day and I hit a lot of shots to the left. I was really struggling. I somehow just kept going, and yeah, what a finish. Incredible.

“Standing on 17, I’m thinking I can make birdie, birdie and maybe get into a play-off. But obviously when I got the chance on 17, I prefer to take that. Eighteen is a tough hole, so par is a good score obviously. I just gave it everything.”

Scotland’s Richie Ramsay arrived at the 18th tee box on 10 under but found the water on his approach and signed for a double bogey to finish two shots back on 8 under.

Thorbjorn Olesen Wins British Masters
Thorbjorn Olesen looks to heaven after winning the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett at The Belfry on May 8, 2022 in Sutton Coldfield, England. (Photo by Andrew Redington via Getty Images)
Top-10 Leaders

Pos-Player-To Par (Final Rd)
1. Thorbjorn Olesen -10 (+1)
2. Sebastian Soederberg -9 (-4)
3. Connor Syme -8 (-2)
3. Richie Ramsay – 8 (+1)
3. Justin Walters -8 (-1)
6. Chase Hanna -7 (E)
6. Hurly Long -7 (+1)
8. J.C. Ritchie -6 (-2)
8. Fabrizio Zanotti -6 (+1)
8. Ryan Fox -6 (-1)
8. Julien Brun -6 (-1)
8. Romain Langasque -6 (-1)
8. Richard Mansell -6 (-4)
8. Jamie Donaldson -6 (-2)
8. Mikko Korhonen -6 (-2)

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