Thorbjørn Olesen, born Jacob Thorbjørn Olesen is a Danish professional golfer. He plays on the European Tour where he has won five times including the 2016 Turkish Airlines Open and the 2018 Italian Open. He has also represented his country and won two pairs events: with Søren Kjeldsen for the 2016 World Cup of Golf and the 2017 GolfSixes with Lucas Bjerregaard.
Olesen’s father introduced his son to golf at the age of 7. Olesen then made it his profession to play golf in 2008. In 2009 rankings, he finished in fourth place on the third tier Nordic League, having won three tournaments, to graduate to Europe’s second tier Challenge Tour for 2010. He claimed his first Challenge Tour title at The Princess during his début season, held in Sweden at the beginning of July. In the tour’s ranking he finished third earning him full exemption (category 10b) for the 2011 European Tour.
He is the second-most successful Danish golfer on the European Tour with five wins after Thomas Bjorn who has 15. The golfer was born on 21st December 1989 in Furesø, Denmark. He is 28 years old as of 2017. His mother is Hanne Olesen. In December 2010, he tied for second place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship, the first tournament of the 2011 European Tour season, which was equaled in June 2011, when Olesen tied for second at the BMW Italian Open in Turin, mostly due to a 10-under-par round of 62 on the final day, but still coming up short by one stroke of Englishman Robert Rock.
In January 2011, he again finished in a tie for second at the Alstom Open de France when he bogeyed the last hole to finish one stroke behind Thomas Levet. With this finish, Olesen qualified his first major, The 2011 Open Championship. He also won the 2012 Sicilian Open and this victory placed him in the top-100 of the Official World Golf Ranking. He moved into the world top-50 for the first time, and played the Masters for the first time in 2013. This was after the final event of the 2012 season, the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai where he finished T21.