Maiden Tour title for Olesen

by Cian O'Callaghan , 01 April 2012

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen won his first title on the European Tour as he claimed the Sicilian Open by a shot from Chris Wood.

The 22-year-old held off a brave challenge from Englishman Wood, whose final round 64 equalled the course record, pushing Olesen every step of the way.

However, the Dane managed to hold his nerve and signed for a final-day 69 to take the title at the Verdura Golf Resort and Spa course.

Olesen started the day three shots clear of Wood after a brilliant 67 in blustery conditions on Saturday but the Bristolian drew level after playing his first 14 holes in a sizzling nine-under par.

However, Wood's momentum was halted with his only dropped shot of the day at the 17th while four straight pars in his last four holes was enough to give the Dane the victory.

Wood had taken advantage of the perfect playing conditions to draw level with Olesen on four separate occasions.

The 24-year-old birdied the second, third and fifth holes, while a brilliant approach shot at the par five fourth set up a five-foot eagle chance which he confidently took.

Olesen started nervously, bogeying the first before a 15-footer for birdie settled him down on the second hole.

While Wood kept in touch with Olesen throughout the round, he was never able to go into the outright lead at any stage and the bogey at the penultimate hole finally ended his chances, with the Dane parring the difficult 18th to win by a single stroke.

"I'm still in shock," Olesen said.

"I struggled early on with a bogey at the first but I'm really happy now.

"This means so much to me. My goal is to go all the way in this game. It will be tough because there are a lot of good players out here but this win is a big step in the right direction."

Nicolas Colsaerts and Soren Kjeldsen tied for third on 12-under par with Irishman Shane Lowry a further two shots back tied for sixth on 10-under par.

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