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Thorbjorn Olesen wins Alfred Dunhill Links Championship

Thorbjorn Olesen poses with the trophy after his victory
Thorbjorn Olesen poses with the trophy after his victory

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen overcame an early stumble to claim his third European Tour title in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at St Andrews on Sunday.

Olesen carded a final round of 71 on the Old Course to finish 18 under par, two shots ahead of American pair Brooks Koepka and Chris Stroud.

England's Chris Wood fired a flawless closing 65 to finish a shot further back alongside Bernd Wiesberger, Kiradech Aphibarnrat, Benjamin Hebert and Joakim Lagergren.

Olesen took a three-shot lead into the final round, but followed a birdie on the first with a double bogey on the second and another dropped shot on the third.

The 25-year-old steadied the ship with a birdie on the fourth and reclaimed the lead with a two-putt birdie on the par-five fifth, but was caught once more when Hebert and Aphibarnrat both birdied the 11th and 12th.

Hebert and Aphibarnrat effectively dropped out of contention with consecutive bogeys on the 13th and 14th, before Olesen took a massive step towards the title on the 15th.

The world number 155 was disgusted with his approach to the green but holed from 50 feet for an unlikely birdie and the cushion of a two-shot lead which he maintained down the closing stretch to collect the first prize of £525,000.

Paul Dunne and Shane Lowry both finished on 12 under par.