Number Crunching 2013: Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark.
Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark. ( Associated Press )

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Over the final two weeks of 2013, we will be breaking down players that rose and fell over the past 12 months. Check out the entire series here.

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Thorbjorn Olesen

Ranking/movement: -158 (No. 56 to 214)

Why the fall? For Olesen, it’s one word: injuries.

Olesen, 24, burst onto the international golf scene with his first victory, at the 2012 Sicilian Open.

But a pulled groin at the beginning of the year and a neck injury as a result of a car accident in Houston made Olesen’s 2013 a bust.

“I think what I’ve done wrong was I’ve played too much under injuries, where I should have taken a long break instead and gotten completely fit,” Olesen said. “But I feel very fit now. I’ve been working hard in the gym and on the course, so I feel strong again.”

Because of the injuries, most of Olesen’s statistics were up slightly from 2012. He also fell in the Race to Dubai: from 15th in 2012 to 32nd last year.

Olesen says: “I’ve been working a lot with my coach (Lars Nysoe) on my swing. It’s nice that it turned out to start shooting a low number again. So hopefully I can keep on doing that.” readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.