15 Things You Didn’t Know About Thorbjorn Olesen

Get to know five-time European Tour winner Thorbjorn Olesen a little better

Things You Didn't Know About Thorbjorn Olesen
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Get to know five-time European Tour winner Thorbjorn Olesen a little better

15 Things You Didn't Know About Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjorn Olesen is one of Denmark's finest ever golfers. He has won five times on the European Tour by the age of 28 and also made his Ryder Cup debut at Le Golf National in 2018.

Take a look at these 15 things you didn't know about him.

15 Things You Didn't Know About Thorbjorn Olesen

1. His full name is Jacob Thorbjorn Olesen.

2. Thorbjorn translates to 'Thunder Bear' in Danish.

3. He was born in Fureso, Denmark, just north of Copenhagen.

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4. He lives in London.

5. He is a member at the ultra-exclusive Queenwood Golf Club in Surrey.

6. He turned pro in 2008 off +3.

7. He is the second-most successful Danish golfer on the European Tour with five wins after Thomas Bjorn who has 15. Other notable Danes: Soren Kjeldsen - four European Tour titles, Anders Hansen - three European Tour titles and Soren Hansen - two European Tour titles.

8. He won four times in the Nordic League in 2008 and 2009.

9. He is good friends with European Ryder Cup Captain Thomas Bjorn.

Olesen and Bjorn pictured at the 2018 Ryder Cup Gala dinner (Getty Images)

10. He is a football fan and supports FC Copenhagen and Manchester United.

11. As well as supporting his football teams, his interests include music, movies, theatre and skiing.

12. He finished fourth in the 2008 Scandinavian Masters aged 18 whilst a member of the Nordic League.

13. He won the World Cup of Golf for Denmark in 2016 with Soren Kjeldsen and also won the inaugural GolfSixes for Denmark with Lucas Bjerregaard.

14. He also represented Denmark at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

15. He currently had no full-bag equipment contract after Nike stopped making golf clubs. He currently uses Callaway woods, TaylorMade irons, Callaway and TaylorMade wedges plus a Scotty Cameron putter and Titleist ball.

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Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-6. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x