Just because he isn’t exactly a household name doesn’t mean you should sleep on Thorbjorn Olesen at this week’s WGC Cadillac Championship. He just might be the best player in this field that you have never heard of.
Olesen is a European Tour player who turned pro in 2008. In his one PGA Tour even this year he finished T17 at the WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, where he defeated Jamie Donaldson in the first round before losing to Tim Clark three and two.
In five events on the European Tour thus far in 2013, Olesen has finished inside the top 25 on four occasions, including two top 10 finishes. He finished T3 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and in a tie for second at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. In Abu Dhabi, he finished tied with Justin Rose, just one shot behind Donaldson, who he defeated at the Accenture Mach Play event.
The Danish pro currently sits at seventh in the Race to Dubai and 41st in the official world golf rankings. He started the year at 50th in the world, and thanks to his string of solid performances, is on the verge of cracking the top 40. Olesen isn’t afraid of pressure, having tied for ninth at last year’s Open Championship.
Early into the season, 2013 has been a great year so far for him, especially considering he just inked a deal with Nike at the beginning of the year. Hopefully the Nike curse that has plagued Rory McIlroy doesn’t rear its ugly head and bite Olesen. I don’t expect him to win at Doral, but I do expect him to be competitive. A top 10 finish wouldn’t shock me.