Nov 6th, 2016
Thorbjorn Olesen rallies to win Turkish Airlines Open
At Regnum Carya Golf Resort & Spa
Words: John Dean Photography: Getty Images
Thorbjorn Olesen rallied to claim the Turkish Open title by three shots. But he had to see his seven-stroke overnight lead reduced to just a single shot at one point.
David Horsey had six birdies in his opening 12 holes to heap pressure onto Olesen but the Dane responded with three birdies in four holes to shoot a three-under 69 and win on 20 under par.
Horsey and China's Li Haotong both shot 65s to finish second on 17 under.
`It was a disappointing tournament for Danny Willett, who failed to captilise on the absence of key players over rather overblown security fears. He finished T68 with a final round of 75. He therefore won't overtake Henrik Stenson in the Race to Dubai.
It was Horsey who had seemed the most likely to upset Olesen. He holed five birdies to reach the turn in 29, while the Dane three-putted the ninth for only his fourth bogey of the week.
Olesen responded with birdies at the 12th, 14th and 15th and although he bogeyed the 16th, pars on the final two holes saw him claim victory, with his victory built on a course record 62 in the second round.
He said: "The last three or four months have been poor and I didn't feel comfortable at the end, but I got over the line.
"I knew they had cut the lead to a couple of shots and it puts pressure on you. The last four holes were really difficult."
But he did make it over the line, and that experience will bode well for further victories, of that we are sure.