Having dominated the Turkish Open this week, Thorbjorn Olesen rounded off a deserved win on Sunday. He has struggled to score on the back nine, where apart from six bogeys, he has also given away a double in the first round and a triple in the third.
Thorbjorn Olesen holds off a fightback from David Horsey in Antalya to win his fourth European Tour title at the Turkish Airlines Open.
Olesen is searching for a fourth European Tour win and a third in as many seasons after his victories at the ISPS HANDA Perth International and the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship.
Coming in the first event of the Race to Dubai Final Series, it was a timely return to form for a player who had made just four of his previous 13 cuts.
Leading the chasing pack heading into the weekend were Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who shared second place on nine under par after respective rounds of 63 and 66, while Englishman David Horsey (67), Sweden's Joakim Lagergren (64), Haotong Li of China and Italian Matteo Manassero (both 68) were all a shot further back on eight under. "But I tried to play steady and clearly the last four holes were tough mentally and it was really hard".
Cespedes opts out of Mets deal, free agent again
NY also declined a $10.5 million option on Jon Niese and will play a $500,000 buyout to the left-hander, who becomes a free agent. Cespedes returned to the Mets on a three-year, $75 million deal in January but the contract contained an opt-out clause.
Olesen had to hole from six feet to avoid three-putting the fourth and although he did birdie the fifth, another good birdie chance went begging from short range on the par-five seventh. "I have never had a seven-shot lead so it does feel a bit weird but that is why it's so important to be aggressive and see if I can make a few birdies".
"I feel like I've been up in contention in a lot of big events so I feel pretty comfortable".
Masters Champion Danny Willett and the highest ranked played in the field will commence his final round in a distant share of 48th place at two under par.
"I think I found something in Portugal", said Olesen. It was very hard those last four holes but before that I felt like I played some really, really great golf this week.
It was a hard day for Masters champion Danny Willett, who needs a top-five finish to overtake Henrik Stenson and return to the top of the Race to Dubai standings.