Olesen holds off Wood to win Sicilian Open
Sunday, April 1, 2012
SCIACCA, Italy — Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot on Sunday, holding off England’s Chris Wood, who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 in the final round.
Olesen made six birdies to finish with an overall 15-under 273 at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort for his first career victory on the European Tour.
Wood picked up five shots in his first five holes – including an eagle on the par-5 fourth – and tied for the lead when Olesen bogeyed after hitting a wild approach shot to the 13th green.
But the 22-year-old Olesen, who led by three shots overnight, recovered with a birdie on No. 14 and finished with four straight pars.
American Rich Beem, the 2002 PGA champion, finished tied for 11th with two-time major champion John Daly of the U.S. and six others.
“I played solid all day, and I’m happy with that,” Beem said. “It really felt good to play well again.”
It was the first time in four events that Beem has made the cut on the European Tour.