Saturday, November 5th, 2016
Thorbjørn Olesen will enter the final day of the Turkish Airlines Open with a commanding seven-shot lead after the Dane carded a solid three under par 68 at Regnum Carya Golf and Spa Resort, where a host of European Tour winners will lead the chase.
The 26 year old, a three-time winner on the European Tour, was composure personified after entering moving day with a six-stroke advantage, carding five birdies and two bogeys to move to an 18 under total.
He said: “I thought I played really, really solid. You get in trouble quickly here, so concentration is the key tomorrow. I have to be aggressive tomorrow – I have never had a seven-shot lead so it does feel a bit weird but that is why it’s so important to be aggressive and see if I can make a few birdies. That's the key.”
Five fellow European Tour champions lead the chasing pack – David Horsey of England, China’s Haotong Li, American David Lipski, Matteo Manassero of Italy and Austrian Bernd Wiesberger all sharing second place on 11 under.
If Olesen wins he will claim the biggest prize of his European Tour career to date and propel himself towards the top ten of the Race to Dubai Rankings, and into contention for a share of the US$5 million bonus pool on offer at the conclusion of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.