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April 14 2013

6:15 PM

Olesen on fire the last three rounds

Thorbjorn Olesen shot a pair of 68s on the weekend to tie for sixth at his first Masters.

By Melanie Hauser, PGATOUR.com Correspondent

AUGUSTA, Ga. – Thorbjorn Olesen.

It’s an unforgettable name, but you’re not alone if you can’t place the face. Even after this week.

The 23-year-old Dane played his final three rounds at Augusta National in 10 under to back-door his second top-10 in three majors. Olesen closed with his second consecutive 68 to finish his first Masters at 4 under.

“I feel like I played some great golf all four days, actually," he said. "I shaped the ball really nicely, left to right and right to left and on the last two days I started holing a few putts."

The finish caught everyone’s attention, especially after his tie for ninth at last year’s British Open.
 
 “It's a dream for me," he said. “It's a dream for me. It's lovely to be here at a major and especially at the Masters.  It's a great golf course and the atmosphere here is amazing.’’

Olesen’s game was amazing the last three days. After opening with a 78, he added rounds of 70-68-68. It’s especially impressive considering he had to withdraw from the Shell Houston Open two weeks ago following a car accident.

“It’s definitely not the best preparation for this week," said Olesen who finished seventh at the Arnold Paler Invitational presented by MasterCard. “But I felt like before the accident that I played some great golf the whole year in Europe and in the Middle East.

“So I came into this week with a lot of confidence, but I knew that it was going to be tough with the last week that I had. But it turned out to be very good after the first day."

The accident – someone rear-ended a car a few cars in front of him and he had no chance to stop – left him with a stiff neck.

“It doesn't do anything to my swing," Olesen said. “It's just after a long day it's irritating me and starts getting stiff.  But it's nothing to do with the swing."

Olesen has only won once on the European Tour, but has piled up top-10s, which got him into the top 50 in the world and into the Masters. To prep for his first appearance at Augusta National, he played with his father.

“I was a little bit intimidated by the greens, but after the first time playing a few practice rounds and flighting the shots, I got more confident," he said. “But it was nice to get past the first day, past the 78. Luckily I forgot it and got to the weekend and shot some good scores.”

So remember the name. After two top-10s in the last three majors, the 23-year-old seems like he just might be here to stay.

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