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June 03, 2018

Thorbjørn Olesen claimed a maiden Rolex Series victory at the Italian Open after a thrilling final round battle with Francesco Molinari and Lee Slattery.

“Unbelievable. Obviously been a little bit of a tough time for me this year. Yeah, to come into this Rolex Series and to do what I've done is amazing, especially to come-from-behind and win. I haven't done that in my career so far, so that was very special."

Thorbjørn Olesen claims maiden Rolex Series victory in Italy, © Getty Images

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The 28 year old needed a par at the last to secure his fifth European Tour title after home favourite Molinari sent the crowd wild with a birdie from 30 feet on the final hole, but the Dane made an excellent up and down from a greenside bunker to complete a final round 64 and 22 under par total.

That was one ahead of last week's Wentworth winner Molinari, with overnight leader Slattery third on 20 under at Gardagolf Country Club.

“I was standing down there in the rough, and seeing him hole that long birdie putt, and in back of my mind, I thought bogey probably would make it to win, and then all of a sudden, I knew I needed to make four to win. That definitely made it tough, but it was nice to hole that putt on the last and to get that feeling of, yeah, holing it when it really matters."

“This is exactly what I needed. Well, it's always what we need but right now for me it's great.”

A bogey-free final round handed Olesen his biggest win of his career and the largest prize fund, with the 1,166,660 Race to Dubai points moving him to sixth position in the year-long Rankings.

The win also gives Olesen a boost in his hopes of making a maiden Ryder Cup appearance this September in Thomas Bjørn’s European team- with points earned in Rolex Series events multiplied by 1.5 - he now sits fifth in the European Points List and just outside the projected automatic qualification spots.

Slattery signed for a final round 67, with Spain’s Rafa Cabrera Bello's 66 enough for fourth on 18 under. Ryder Cup vice captains Lee Westwood and Graeme McDowell produced final rounds of 63 and 64 respectively to share fifth with England’s Andy Sullivan.

Pos. Player Nat To Par R1 R2 R3 R4 Total
1Thorbjorn OlesenDEN-2265686564262
2Francesco MolinariITA-2166666665263
3Lee SlatteryENG-2066696267264
4Rafael Cabrera BelloESP-1865676866266
T5Andy SullivanENG-1767686567267
T5Graeme McDowellNIR-1766667164267
T5Lee WestwoodENG-1766706863267
T8Callum ShinkwinENG-1666716764268
T8Danny WillettENG-1665676769268
T8Ian PoulterENG-1667686667268
T8Jordan SmithENG-1667686568268
T8Martin KaymerGER-1668636869268
T8Ryan FoxNZL-1669686764268
T14Jacques KruyswijkRSA-1567706567269
T14Lorenzo GagliITA-1568696666269
T14Miguel Angel JimenezESP-1568706863269
T14Scott HendAUS-1568666768269
T14Thomas PietersBEL-1565676968269
T19Haotong LiCHN-1468656770270
T19Michael Lorenzo-VeraFRA-1466716766270
T21Jason ScrivenerAUS-1367716865271
T21Oliver FisherENG-1368686867271
T23Adam BlandAUS-1270667165272
T23Alexander NorenSWE-1270686668272
T23Benjamin HebertFRA-1270686668272
T23Bradley DredgeWAL-1267686769271
T23Charlie FordENG-1265716769272
T23James MorrisonENG-1267687067272
T23Tommy FleetwoodENG-1268676968272
T30Dean BurmesterRSA-1170676670273
T30Dylan FrittelliRSA-1167676970273
T30Gonzalo Fernandez-CastanoESP-1170666968273
T30Matthew FitzpatrickENG-1166707166273
T30Paul DunneIRL-1169696768273
T30Thomas AikenRSA-1169686472273
T36Adrian OtaeguiESP-1068697067274
T36Chris WoodENG-1067717066274
T36Laurie CanterENG-1063727168274
T36Matteo ManasseroITA-1066686872274
T36Padraig HarringtonIRL-1071666968274
T36Thomas DetryBEL-1069667069274
T42Andrew JohnstonENG-969696671275
T42Brett RumfordAUS-970686869275
T42David HowellENG-969667169275
T42Erik Van RooyenRSA-965687468275
T42Nacho ElviraESP-969696869275
T42Jens DantorpSWE-967657270274
T42Matthias SchwabAUT-967716968275
T42Robert RockENG-963706973275
T42Soren KjeldsenDEN-970686869275
T51Aaron RaiENG-867716771276
T51Adrien SaddierSCO-868677071276
T51Austin ConnellyCAN-869687168276
T51Eddie PepperellENG-867716672276
T51Haydn PorteousRSA-870686672276
T51Josh GearyNZL-868697069276
T51Julien GuerrierFRA-870677267276
T51Matt WallaceENG-865727069276
T51Ross McGowanENG-870677168276
T60Ashun WuCHI-770677070277
T60Fabrizio ZanottiPAR-769697069277
T60Jorge CampilloESP-768687071277
T60Ryan EvansENG-767697071277
T60Trevor ImmelmanRSA-769696970277
T65Alexander LevyFRA-668707070278
T65Brandon StoneRSA-669697070278
T65David DrysdaleSCO-668687171278
T65David LipskyUSA-668677172278
T65Richard SterneRSA-663727271278
70Richard BlandENG-570647471279
T71Lucas BjerregaardDNK-468707171280
T71Wade OrmsbyAUS-466716776280
73Daniel BrooksENG-267717173282
CUTAndres RomeroARG-3677073-210
CUTDarren FichardtRSA-3666975-210
CUTGavin GreenMAS-3716772-210
CUTJamie DonaldsonWAL-3667272-210
CUTDaniel ImUSA-2657075-210
CUTGregory HavretFRA-2686974-211
CUTHideto TaniharaJPN-1676778-212
CUTJeung-Hun WangKOR-1687074-212
CUTPeter HansonSWE-1687074-212
CUTScott JamiesonSCO4696979-217
CUTChris HansonENG-37168--139
CUTConnor SymeSCO-36871--139
CUTFelipe AguilarCHI-37069--139
CUTFilippo BergamaschiITA-37168--139
CUTGregory BourdyFRA-37069--139
CUTMarc WarrenSCO-36871--139
CUTMatthew SouthgateENG-37168--139
CUTMikko KorhonenFIN-36871--139
CUTRoss FisherENG-36574--139
CUTSebastian HeiseleGER-37168--139
CUTSebastien GrosFRA-37168--139
CUTThongchai JaideeTHA-37168--139
CUTAlexander BjoerkSWE-27169--140
CUTAshley ChestersENG-26773--140
CUTGuido MigliozziITA-27268--140
CUTJin-Ho ChoiKOR-27169--140
CUTMikko IlonenFIN-27070--140
CUTRicardo Melo GouveiaPOR-27268--140
CUTStephen GallacherSCO-26971--140
CUTAlvaro QuirosESP-17170--141
CUTAndrea PavanITA-16972--141
CUTChase KoepkaUSA-17269--141
CUTChris PaisleyENG-17170--141
CUTGeorge CoetzeeRSA-17071--141
CUTJason NorrisAUS-16972--141
CUTMarcus KinhultSWE-16972--141
CUTPedro OriolESP-17071--141
CUTPhachara KhongwatmaiTHA-16972--141
CUTRichie RamsaySCO-16774--141
CUTSam HorsfieldENG-16972--141
CUTTyrrell HattonENG-17269--141
CUTClement SordetFRAPar6973--142
CUTLasse JensenDNKPar7072--142
CUTLuca CianchettiITAPar6973--142
CUTMark FosterENGPar7171--142
CUTNicolas ColsaertsBELPar7468--142
CUTNino BertasioITAPar6973--142
CUTRomain WattelFRAPar7171--142
CUTAndrew DodtAUS17271--143
CUTFrancesco LaportaITA17172--143
CUTJoakim LagergrenSWE16875--143
CUTMarcus FraserAUS17469--143
CUTMatthieu PavonFRA17271--143
CUTPaul WaringENG16875--143
CUTRaphael JacquelinFRA16875--143
CUTChristiaan BezuidenhoutRSA27371--144
CUTDavid HorseyENG27272--144
CUTEdoardo MolinariITA27668--144
CUTJeff WintherSWE26975--144
CUTMaximilian KiefferGER27173--144
CUTPontus WidegrenSWE26975--144
CUTShiv ChawrasiaIND27371--144
CUTSteven BrownENG27173--144
CUTJames HeathENG37273--145
CUTMarcel SiemGER37273--145
CUTSam BrazelAUS37075--145
CUTBradley NeilSCO47373--146
CUTRak ChoKOR47175--146
CUTRobert KarlssonSWE47076--146
CUTTapio PulkkanenFIN47472--146
CUTJacopo Vecchi FossaITA57473--147
CUTScott FernandezESP57176--147
CUTSoo-Min LeeKOR57077--147
CUTNico GeygerCHI67474--148
CUTPep AnglesESP67375--148
CUTEnrico Di NittoITA77475--149
CUTFederico MaccarioITA77574--149
CUTOliver FarrWAL77772--149
CUTMatthew BaldwinENG87575--150
CUTCarlos PigemESP97279--151
CUTRenato ParatoreITA97378--151
CUTZander LombardRSA137877--155
RETPablo LarrazabalESPPar69---69
Pos. Player Nat To Par Total
1Thorbjorn OlesenDEN-22262
2Francesco MolinariITA-21263
3Lee SlatteryENG-20264
4Rafael Cabrera BelloESP-18266
T5Andy SullivanENG-17267
T5Graeme McDowellNIR-17267
T5Lee WestwoodENG-17267
T8Callum ShinkwinENG-16268
T8Danny WillettENG-16268
T8Ian PoulterENG-16268
T8Jordan SmithENG-16268
T8Martin KaymerGER-16268
T8Ryan FoxNZL-16268
T14Jacques KruyswijkRSA-15269
T14Lorenzo GagliITA-15269
T14Miguel Angel JimenezESP-15269
T14Scott HendAUS-15269
T14Thomas PietersBEL-15269
T19Haotong LiCHN-14270
T19Michael Lorenzo-VeraFRA-14270
T21Jason ScrivenerAUS-13271
T21Oliver FisherENG-13271
T23Adam BlandAUS-12272
T23Alexander NorenSWE-12272
T23Benjamin HebertFRA-12272
T23Bradley DredgeWAL-12271
T23Charlie FordENG-12272
T23James MorrisonENG-12272
T23Tommy FleetwoodENG-12272
T30Dean BurmesterRSA-11273
T30Dylan FrittelliRSA-11273
T30Gonzalo Fernandez-CastanoESP-11273
T30Matthew FitzpatrickENG-11273
T30Paul DunneIRL-11273
T30Thomas AikenRSA-11273
T36Adrian OtaeguiESP-10274
T36Chris WoodENG-10274
T36Laurie CanterENG-10274
T36Matteo ManasseroITA-10274
T36Padraig HarringtonIRL-10274
T36Thomas DetryBEL-10274
T42Andrew JohnstonENG-9275
T42Brett RumfordAUS-9275
T42David HowellENG-9275
T42Erik Van RooyenRSA-9275
T42Nacho ElviraESP-9275
T42Jens DantorpSWE-9274
T42Matthias SchwabAUT-9275
T42Robert RockENG-9275
T42Soren KjeldsenDEN-9275
T51Aaron RaiENG-8276
T51Adrien SaddierSCO-8276
T51Austin ConnellyCAN-8276
T51Eddie PepperellENG-8276
T51Haydn PorteousRSA-8276
T51Josh GearyNZL-8276
T51Julien GuerrierFRA-8276
T51Matt WallaceENG-8276
T51Ross McGowanENG-8276
T60Ashun WuCHI-7277
T60Fabrizio ZanottiPAR-7277
T60Jorge CampilloESP-7277
T60Ryan EvansENG-7277
T60Trevor ImmelmanRSA-7277
T65Alexander LevyFRA-6278
T65Brandon StoneRSA-6278
T65David DrysdaleSCO-6278
T65David LipskyUSA-6278
T65Richard SterneRSA-6278
70Richard BlandENG-5279
T71Lucas BjerregaardDNK-4280
T71Wade OrmsbyAUS-4280
73Daniel BrooksENG-2282
CUTAndres RomeroARG-3210
CUTDarren FichardtRSA-3210
CUTGavin GreenMAS-3210
CUTJamie DonaldsonWAL-3210
CUTDaniel ImUSA-2210
CUTGregory HavretFRA-2211
CUTHideto TaniharaJPN-1212
CUTJeung-Hun WangKOR-1212
CUTPeter HansonSWE-1212
CUTScott JamiesonSCO4217
CUTChris HansonENG-3139
CUTConnor SymeSCO-3139
CUTFelipe AguilarCHI-3139
CUTFilippo BergamaschiITA-3139
CUTGregory BourdyFRA-3139
CUTMarc WarrenSCO-3139
CUTMatthew SouthgateENG-3139
CUTMikko KorhonenFIN-3139
CUTRoss FisherENG-3139
CUTSebastian HeiseleGER-3139
CUTSebastien GrosFRA-3139
CUTThongchai JaideeTHA-3139
CUTAlexander BjoerkSWE-2140
CUTAshley ChestersENG-2140
CUTGuido MigliozziITA-2140
CUTJin-Ho ChoiKOR-2140
CUTMikko IlonenFIN-2140
CUTRicardo Melo GouveiaPOR-2140
CUTStephen GallacherSCO-2140
CUTAlvaro QuirosESP-1141
CUTAndrea PavanITA-1141
CUTChase KoepkaUSA-1141
CUTChris PaisleyENG-1141
CUTGeorge CoetzeeRSA-1141
CUTJason NorrisAUS-1141
CUTMarcus KinhultSWE-1141
CUTPedro OriolESP-1141
CUTPhachara KhongwatmaiTHA-1141
CUTRichie RamsaySCO-1141
CUTSam HorsfieldENG-1141
CUTTyrrell HattonENG-1141
CUTClement SordetFRAPar142
CUTLasse JensenDNKPar142
CUTLuca CianchettiITAPar142
CUTMark FosterENGPar142
CUTNicolas ColsaertsBELPar142
CUTNino BertasioITAPar142
CUTRomain WattelFRAPar142
CUTAndrew DodtAUS1143
CUTFrancesco LaportaITA1143
CUTJoakim LagergrenSWE1143
CUTMarcus FraserAUS1143
CUTMatthieu PavonFRA1143
CUTPaul WaringENG1143
CUTRaphael JacquelinFRA1143
CUTChristiaan BezuidenhoutRSA2144
CUTDavid HorseyENG2144
CUTEdoardo MolinariITA2144
CUTJeff WintherSWE2144
CUTMaximilian KiefferGER2144
CUTPontus WidegrenSWE2144
CUTShiv ChawrasiaIND2144
CUTSteven BrownENG2144
CUTJames HeathENG3145
CUTMarcel SiemGER3145
CUTSam BrazelAUS3145
CUTBradley NeilSCO4146
CUTRak ChoKOR4146
CUTRobert KarlssonSWE4146
CUTTapio PulkkanenFIN4146
CUTJacopo Vecchi FossaITA5147
CUTScott FernandezESP5147
CUTSoo-Min LeeKOR5147
CUTNico GeygerCHI6148
CUTPep AnglesESP6148
CUTEnrico Di NittoITA7149
CUTFederico MaccarioITA7149
CUTOliver FarrWAL7149
CUTMatthew BaldwinENG8150
CUTCarlos PigemESP9151
CUTRenato ParatoreITA9151
CUTZander LombardRSA13155
RETPablo LarrazabalESPPar69