Thorbjørn Olesen is the latest to be accorded “Great Dane” status as he shot a closing 71 at St Andrews to finish at 18-under par and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two from Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud. Great Danes, once a rare species in the golfing arena, are now arriving in packs. Thomas Bjørn, who has mentored Olesen, is a 15-time winner on the European Tour; Søren Kjeldsen captured this year’s Irish Open; and Morten Madsen won last year and has had three top-fives this season. Meanwhile, on the Ladies European Tour, Nanna Koerstz Madsen leads the Rookie of the Year standings ahead of compatriot Emily Pedersen, who lives 500 metres away from her, while Nicole Broch Larson could make off with the 2015 Order of Merit.
Who didn’t win
Benjamin Hébert and Kiradech Aphibarnrat were level with Olesen after 11 holes on 17 under. Both made two bogeys in the next three holes. The official bagpipers also lost out. While they were marching up the last fairway for the prize-giving, a lone busker standing close to the clubhouse made the more deafening noise. This was his response to being told to disappear.
How it happened
Olesen, who started the week sweating about his European Tour card, lost his overnight lead when he went double bogey-bogey at the second and third.