Breaking News: Dunes Club Course Record Falls Sunday Morning

Thorbjorn Olesen entered the Myrtle Beach Classic struggling with his game and after making the cut on the number at -2, that seemed to be the case this week at The Dunes Golf & Beach Club.

But that all changed in the tournament’s final round. Going off in the fifth group on an idyllic Sunday morning, the Denmark native played near-perfect golf en route to a course-record 61 (10-under in the tournament’s course setup) to vault up the leaderboard.

Olesen enjoyed a magical day with the putter, rolling in 181 feet of putts, capped by a 19-footer on the par 4 18th hole that went in for his 10th birdie of the day. He hit 15 of 18 greens and got up-and-down from the bunker on the two occasions he found greenside sand.

“I haven’t been able to put a good round together over here, so it was nice to finally get it going and keep it going in the end,” Olesen said. “I’ve had good rounds and then sort of let it go in the end, and it was nice to just keep going today and shoot a really good round.”

He closed the front nine by making birdie on six of the final seven holes as part of a blistering 29 and after making birdie on holes 13, 14 and 15, he began to think about the possibility of 59.

“It just made it a lot more fun,” he said of flirting with one of golf’s magic numbers. “When you have a chance for that, it’s pretty special.”

Olesen, who broke the course record of 63 set by Jay Sigel in the 1994 Senior PGA Tour Championship, will enter next week’s PGA Championship on a high note.

“It’s nice to finally see a good round of playing well all 18 holes,” he said “Hopefully I can take that confidence with me and hopefully have a good week [at the PGA Championship].”

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