Olesen snatches victory in an unlikely finish. Brun and Langasque in the top 10

Leader with a three-point lead at the start of the 4th and last round of the British Masters, Thorbjørn Olesen, broken down on his face-offs, nevertheless managed to win by slamming an eagle at 17 and a birdie at 18. His 73 (+1) and his total score of -10 (278) allow him to edge the Swede Sebastian Söderberg, who was about to play a play-off. Julien Brun and Romain Langasque take eighth place at -6 (282) and launch their quest to qualify for the US Open at Brookline next June.


Completely crazy scenario this Sunday on the Brabazon Course of Belfry ! Leader with three points ahead of the Englishman Marcus Armitage and the German Hurly Long at the start of this last round, Thorbjørn Olesen, abandoned by his face-offs, left the impression for a very long time that winning would be decided without him…

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For sixteen holes, the Dane very regularly wiped the windscreen on the very demanding par 72, 6,703 meters long, hosting four RyderCup legendary between 1985 and 2002, getting lost under the trees or getting entangled in the rough. During these sixteen holes, Olesen thus conceded five bogeys (against a single birdie), leaving observers clearly doubtful about any chance of winning.

And then like Saturday during this Moving Day wrapped up a bit like a miracle with a card of 69 (-3), the light came back for the first time on the par 5 of 17 for the Scandinavian who then posted a total score of -7. A green taken in two, a long distance putt (more than 9 meters) off-center left-right and this eagle coming from nowhere which suddenly replaces him at -9, tied with the Swede Sebastian Soderbergauthor for his part of a solid 68 (-4) and already very diligent on the practice to prepare as best as possible for a very possible play-off.

As if galvanized by this improbable feat, the winner of the 2018 Ryder Cup at Le Golf National with the European team suddenly remembered that his driver was also used to send full-track missiles. This is what happened on the formidable par 4 of the 18th, the most difficult hole of the week (average of 4.36!). An iron shot later, his ball, very to the right of the green, then rests more than 11 meters from the target.

If it fits, it’s victory, if it misses, we go to the play-off. Olesen chooses the first option. A right-left putt that hits the mark and comes to the finish to cap the unfortunate Söderberg.

At 32, the Dane, who had not won since June 2018 (at theItalian Openthen stamped Rolex Series), and who embarked on a dark story of sexual assault during a transatlantic flight at the end of July 2019 before being cleared last December by a London court, becomes the 44th winner in the history of the British Masters (Editor’s note, the Frenchman Thomas Levet won at Woburn in 2001).

Join Ballesteros, Faldo or Woosnam in the legend

This is his sixth success on the DP World Tourcertainly the most beautiful even if he won other very big tournaments with high prize money like the Turkish Airlines Open in November 2016 or the Dunhill Links Championship in October 2015.

It was really a special day, very hardhe breathed, taken by the emotion, a few moments after his victory. I missed a lot of shots today but I kept hanging on and then there was this amazing finish. On these last two holes, I tell myself that a birdie each time would send me to the play-off. And then there were those incredible putts. It’s crazy somewhere. Tell me that I join in the history of this tournament great players like Seve (Ballesteros), Woosnam, Faldo, it is a real privilege. The audience has been huge all week since Thursday and I’ve had a lot of support. It’s fantastic ! »

Scottish Richie Ramsayalso in a position to win before conceding an awful double-bogey on the 18th, Connor Syme and the South African Justin Walterscomplete the podium at -8 (280).

Fourth at the start of this famous 18, Julian Brown also almost played for the win this Sunday in Birmingham but a ball in the water hazard on his face-off and a double-bogey after an eagle at 17 forced him to finish 8th at -6 with a final 71 (- 1).

Brun and Langasque, the US Open in sight…

Antibois is joined by Romain Langasque, 71 too. The tricolor duo garnered precious points for the mini-race which therefore started this week in England and which will see the top ten (in cumulative points) at the end of the Porsche European Open in Hamburg (Germany) on June 5 to validate their ticket for theU.S. Open scheduled from June 16 to 19 at Brookline (Massachusetts).

By playing 68 (-4) and 72 (par) respectively, Frederic Lacroix and Victor Perez fail at the gates of the top 20 (21st at -4)… The other French golfers who crossed the cut on Friday evening end up beyond the top 40…

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