Olesen enduring baggage chaos
Thorbjorn Olesen's quest to win this week's Nordea Masters and also further his claims for a Ryder Cup debut have been threatened by the loss of his clubs and baggage.
The Dane, who claimed the Italian Open in June and has continued that fine form ever since, most recently finishing third in the World Golf Championship-Bridgestone Invitational, concluded the PGA Championship with a round of 68 for T53rd and then departed with an upbeat tweet.
"Not the week that I was looking for at Bellerive," it read. "But onwards and upwards. Time to start our journey to Sweden for the Nordea Masters."
Soon, however, the hope had turned to despair.
"Another week, another set of missing golf clubs and lost baggage with American Airlines and British Airways," he updated.
"Any chance you could help find all of my luggage and send it to me before my tournament this week?! Need them for work!! Thanks."
It transpired that the 28-year-old has actually foreseen such trouble and yet even his back-up plan had run into disaster.
"So the comedy continues," he bemoaned. "British Airways have managed to now lose five suitcases and two sets of golf clubs in 10 days! Decided to bring my only back-up set of clubs on this morning's flight to the Nordea Masters in case my other lost set don't arrive and BA have also now lost these!"
Olesen has twice finished fourth in the Nordea Masters, including last year at Barseback, so has every right to be excited about his chances in a weakened field at the Hills GC. He also has the added incentive of lying sixth in the points race for inclusion in the European Ryder Cup team captained by his mentor Thomas Bjorn. It is a factor he is aware of, but also trying not to be consumed by.
"There's still a few weeks to go," he said after his third place at Firestone at the start of the month. "I try not to concentrate on it and instead keep focused on my own game, make some good results and maybe try to win one of these tournaments."
Olesen is 9.50 to win the Nordea Masters outright and 6.00 to end the week as Top Continental European. Meanwhile, Europe are 2.30 to win the Ryder Cup in September.
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