Olesen takes Turkish Open after final round battle
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[November 07, 2016]
(Reuters) - Denmark's Thorbjorn
Olesen overcame an impressive challenge from Englishman David
Horsey, finally being rewarded for his brilliant week's golf in
Antalya on Sunday by earning a hard-fought victory in the Turkish
Open by three shots.
The Dane, whose week had been highlighted by a second-round 62,
lifted his fourth European Tour crown but only after the shock of
seeing his seven-stroke overnight lead reduced to just one during
the final round.
Horsey posted six birdies in his opening 12 holes to put pressure on
Olesen but the 26-year-old hit back with three birdies in four holes
from the 12th to card a two-under-par 69 and win on 20 under.
Horsey and China's Li Haotong both shot 65s to finish joint second
on 17 under.
"I actually slept all right the last couple of days," Olesen told
the European Tour website (www.europeantour.com), when asked how he
felt about protecting his vast lead.
"It was a weird feeling. I knew the guys today were able to shoot a
low number so I had to make a few birdies. After nine holes guys
were shooting really low numbers so all of a sudden there was a lot
of pressure on.
"I felt like I kept it pretty steady. Obviously, the last four holes
were tough mentally."
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Thorbjorn Olesen (DEN) of Denmark hits a tee shot on the third tee
during the second round of the men's Olympic golf competition.
Olesen had won the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship after a
run of 13 missed cuts in 18 events, which was a similar story to his
success at Antalya's Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort after he had
made only three cuts in his previous 12 events.
(Writing by Ian Chadband; Editing by Clare Fallon)
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