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November 2016

Thorbjørn Olesen wins the Turkish Airlines Open 2016

Thorbjørn Olesen secured victory at the fourth Turkish Airlines Open with a final round of 69 at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort.

He led by seven shots heading into the final day of another memorable tournament in Belek.

Olesen came under heavy pressure from David Horsey after the Englishman shot 29 on his front nine to cut the leader’s advantage.

But three birdies in the space of four holes were enough to pull Olesen clear and set him on the way to a three-shot win and a fourth European Tour title, with Horsey and Chinese player Li Haotong finishing in a share of second.

The Dane, 26, broke the course record with a round of 62 on Friday and he follows in the footsteps of Victor Dubuisson, the champion in 2013 and 2015, and 2014 winner Brooks Koepka.

Olesen said: “I knew the guys were able to shoot a low number and after nine holes they were so there was a lot of pressure on there. I kept it steady.

“The win at the Turkish Airlines Open means a lot. The last three or four months I haven’t played well and I didn’t feel comfortable in the lead but I got over the line.”

Foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, a golf lover, and Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports Abdurrahim Boynukalın, were part of the prize presentation group.

Turkish Airlines Chairman M. Ilker Ayci said: “This was another fantastic tournament and we are delighted that Thorbjørn Olesen is our new champion.

“He played superbly at the Regnum and is a worthy winner. We are already looking forward to next year’s tournament. I would also like to thank Turkish Golf Federation’s president Ahmet AÄŸaoÄŸlu, the European Tour and all of the staff at the Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort for all their hard work.”

The Turkish Airlines Open was the first of three tournaments in The Race to Dubai’s Final Series and the 78 players competed for a $7 million prize fund at the Regnum.

It is the fourth time that Turkish Airlines sponsored the tournament, which took place between November 3 and 6. The agreement with the European Tour lasts another two years.

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