DP World Tour
May 8th, 2022
Olesen finishes in style to lead at The Belfry
Dane three shots clear heading into Sunday at British Masters
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The Dane reached eleven-under-par in style with an eagle-birdie finish at The Belfry to sign for a three-under-par round of 69, which included a 122-yard hole-out eagle on the par four fifth hole, sending the English crowds into raptures.
Olesen’s last DP World Tour title came at the 2018 Italian Open, the year he made his Ryder Cup debut for Team Europe, and the 32-year-old has previously converted four out of five 54-hole leads in his DP World Tour career, including his only previous win on British soil at the 2015 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
“I didn't expect that when I stood on the 16th tee. It was a very nice way to finish. Great shot on 17, and obviously a great putt here on 18," said Olesen.
“There's a bit of a fight out there. I'm just happy I stuck in there and I kept being aggressive the whole way around."
Overnight leader Hurly Long, of Germany, battled back from a three over-par front nine to sign for a one-over-par 73 to join Englishman Marcus Armitage in a tie for second on eight under.
“I did not get off to a good start. I was hitting it sideways off the tee but stuck to my guns, kept hitting driver and kept hitting it poorly," said Hurly.
American Chase Hanna posted the low round of the day with a six-under-par 66 to take a share of fourth place on seven-under-par alongside Denmark’s Rasmus Højgaard, Scotsman Richie Ramsay, South African Justin Walters and Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti.
Host Danny Willett carded a two-over-par 74, but made three birdies during the third round to take the running donation total up to £15,000 for the tournament's Official Charity Prostate Cancer UK. Title sponsors Betfred have pledged to donate £1,000 for every birdie and £2,000 for every eagle Willett makes this week, with the 2016 Masters Tournament winner carding 15 birdies thus far at The Belfry.