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Olesen wants to take Major step

By Phil Casey

Denmark's Thorbjorn Olesen set his sights on Major glory after threatening to set an unwanted record before holding his nerve to win the Turkish Airlines Open.

No player has ever squandered a seven-shot lead after 54 holes on the European Tour but that looked a possibility when Olesen's overnight advantage was reduced to a single shot by England's David Horsey.

However, Olesen hit a closing 69 to finish 20 under par and claim the first prize of just over €1m.

Horsey and China's Li Haotong shared second on 17 under. Padraig Harrington finished on five under.

A relieved Olesen said: "I knew it was not going to be easy. It got really close and put a lot of pressure on me but I felt I was patient, mentally I was strong.

"It means a lot. It's been a bad spell for me. In the summer I just got into a bad spell and played badly in the big events. I feel like my game is good enough to compete in all the big tournaments.

"I've shown that before and it's the goal, to win a Major."

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