Turkish Airlines Open
Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort, Antalya, Turkey 01 Nov 2018 - 04 Nov 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
Thorbjorn Olesen  (Getty Images)
Thorbjorn Olesen (Getty Images)

Thorbjørn Olesen is hoping the Turkish Airlines Open can kick-start a strong end to a memorable season.

The 28 year old Dane was part of Europe's victorious Ryder Cup team in September after he won the Italian Open earlier in an impressive 2018 campaign.

He heads to Antalya this week as a past champion, having won the tournament in 2016, and looking to claim a second Rolex Series victory of the season.

But Olesen admits he has struggled for form since helping Europe win the Ryder Cup at Le Golf National, despite a top ten finish at the WGC - HSBC Champions last week.

I like the golf course. I think it suits my eye from the tee. - Thorbjørn Olesen

"I've been sort of struggling with my game the last few weeks," he said.

"Especially Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday last week I was just struggling and then slowly got better and better during the tournament and started hit something really nice shots and felt pretty comfortable on Sunday, even though I didn't score that well.

"But I felt I was swinging a lot better and yeah, I felt more comfortable. Hopefully I can sort of build on that last week at the end of the year and especially this week."

This week's event at Regnum Carya Golf & Spa Resort is the first of the final three Rolex Series tournaments of the season, culminating in the DP World Tour Championship.

Olesen, who sits seventh in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, is looking to round his season off with another big victory.

He said: "Obviously Rolex is for us just under the Majors. They're huge tournaments and to win in Italy - for me, struggling a little bit before, winning that tournament sort of started my season this year.

"I played really well after that and that got me into The Ryder Cup, which is great. It's time now to try and finish this year off strong.

"I like the golf course. I think it suits my eye from the tee. I've been driving the ball well here in the past, and obviously I have a lot of good memories here.

"The greens look very, very good, better than the last three years I think. That's always nice."

One man finishing the season in good form is three-time Major winner Padraig Harrington.

I feel good about where I'm at and where my game is going. - Padraig Harrington

The Irishman has three top-seven finishes in his last six tournaments, including being runner-up at the D+D Real Czech Masters, and heads to a tournament he finished fourth last season.

"It was a nice week," Harrington recalled. "I finished fourth, was in contention on Sunday which was nice, and played nicely. Always good to get those feelings, so hopefully we'll have them back this week.

"It's great facilities down here. The golf course is excellent. Looks ready to go."

On his form heading into the season finale, Harrington added: "Yeah, I've been playing nicely. Got my head on. Know what I'm doing. I feel good about where I'm at and where my game is going."

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