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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 219
A VICTORY at the weekend’s Turkish Airlines Open – the first of the Race to Dubai’s finals series - should have placed Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen in the box seat to claim the lion’s share of the loot in Dubai in two weeks’ time. But after tying for second at the BMW International Open in June, the back end of Olesen’s season was a fiasco, with five missed cuts, a withdrawal after shooting 80 in the first round of the Open de France, and a best finish of T30 coming at the Olympics, where there were no points or cash on offer. His three-shot victory over England’s David Horsey and China’s Li Haotong at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, however, vaulted him into ninth position on the Race to Dubai rankings and gives him a fighting chance of clawing his way to the top if things fall his way over the next two weeks. The Dane, who led by seven shots heading into the final round in Turkey before having that margin cut to two at the turn, admitted he’d already overcome plenty to become competitive again last week, and that any Race to Dubai bonus would be exactly that: a bonus. “The last couple of months have been pretty poor and I haven’t played well and all of a sudden you’re leading by a big margin and it was difficult when you haven’t been playing well for that long,” he said. “I didn’t feel comfortable at the end, but I got over the line.” www.yarrayarra.com.au In Tom Doak’s ‘Confidential Guide’, a review of the architecture of the best courses in the world, the four par 3s at Yarra Yarra are rated seventh (the only course in this category in the Southern Hemisphere). The 11th hole, described by Peter Thomson as a ‘national treasure’, is invariably in the experts’ collections of the best 18 holes in Australia. THE STORY SO FAR:
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