European Tour: What you missed at the ISPS HANDA Perth International
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen picked up his second European Tour title with victory in the ISPS HANDA Perth International at Lake Karrinyup Country Club, Perth, Australia. The 24-year-old finished three shots clear of French Ryder Cup star Victor Dubuisson.
Olesen began the final day three strokes ahead of the field, but that advantage was reduced to just one at the start of his back nine. Victor Dubuisson closed with a superb 66 to post a clubhouse total of 14-under-par and, when Olesen bogeyed the 10th and 12th holes, it looked as though the Frenchman might have done enough to force a playoff, or even secure the title outright.
But Olesen struck back with birdies at the 13th and 15th holes. He held steady over the last three to take the win and a cheque for just under €200,000.
“I missed a few short putts today in the middle of the round and I think that the lead got down to one shot,” Olesen said. “But I was just thinking about getting my round back to under par, keeping focused, and seeing if I could make a few birdies coming in.”
Five things we learned at the ISPS HANDA Perth International
1 - Thorbjorn Olesen, who played 14 events on the PGA Tour through the 2013/14 season, has secured his place at the European Tour’s season-ending DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. This victory has pushed him to 42nd place on the Race to Dubai, (the top-60 earn a start at the Tour’s closing event.) It’s the Dane’s second European Tour title after the 2012 Sicilian Open, and it has earned him an exemption on the European Tour to the end of 2015.
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2 - Dashing Frenchman Victor Dubuisson continued his good run of form with a second place finish in Perth. Picking up €132,000 for his efforts, he’s moved ahead of Martin Kaymer into sixth place on the 2014 Race to Dubai. Next week, the European Tour’s Final Series begins with the BMW Masters in Shanghai and Dubuisson will start amongst the favourites.
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3 - The top 111 players on the Race to Dubai after the Perth International secured playing rights for the 2015 season. Two men did enough at Lake Karrinyup to play their way into a qualifying spot. Scotland’s David Drysdale began the week in 116th place, but he holed a long birdie putt across the final green to move into a share of fourth and climb to 103rd on the standings. Matthew Nixon of England started the tournament right on the bubble in 111th place. He made the cut and earned enough to move up a place to 110th.
4 - But there were tales of heartbreak too. England’s Lee Slattery was 110th coming into the tournament, but he missed the cut. He could only watch on as Drysdale and Nixon moved up to relegate him to 112th – just one place shy of retaining his card. Italy’s Andrea Pavan double-bogeyed the last hole to fall back into a tie for ninth. Had he made a par, he would have earned his card for 2015.
5 - There were three Major Champions in the field. Charl Schwartzel was the best placed, ending the week in a tie for 15th. 2013 USPGA Champion Jason Dufner had a disappointing final round of 73 to end the week in a tie for 23rd. He can be pleased with a decent showing in his first competitive start since recovering from a neck injury. Australia’s Geoff Ogilvy missed the cut.
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