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Olesen inspired by Masters memories in first return to Augusta National in five years 

Olesen inspired by Masters memories in first return to Augusta National in five years 

After receiving a special invite to compete, Thorbjørn Olesen is trying to draw on good memories as he makes his first return to Augusta National since 2019.


Olesen, 34, will compete in his fourth Masters Tournament this week, having been extended an invite alongside Ryo Hisatsune and Joaquin Niemann in February following his eighth DP World Tour title at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship.

It came as a big surprise to the Dane, whose tied sixth finish on his debut at the 2013 Masters remains his best Major finish to date.

"It was very surprising," Olesen told the DP World Tour at Augusta.

"But a really nice surprise to get that phone call when I was sitting there in Mexico. This is a special place. I love this place. I've been there three times now. And this would be my fourth, so it's really nice to be back."

Following his top ten as a rookie, Olesen finished tied 44th (2014), and five years later tied 21st in 2019 - his last appearance in this Major.

While his recent results haven't been as successful as he would have liked in the lead up - including three missed cuts and a tied 14th in his last four professional starts - Olesen feels like this is a place he can play well if things click.

And with three made cuts and six-under-par rounds at Augusta National, he has a host of good memories to draw upon as he prepares to make his return.

"I have some, some really good memories from here. So to be back, it's just just nice. I feel like it's a it's a place I could do well, if I play well. I really enjoy this golf course. So it's, it's great to be back.

"I think mentally and personally, I'm better than what I was with the stuff I've been through. So that's a big positive for me. I would like to have a little bit better form going into this week. There's no doubt about that. But you know, golf can change very quickly. So it's just keeping grinding and hopefully I play well."

Olesen is not the only Dane in the field this week either, joined by compatriot Nicolai Højgaard, who makes his first appearance at The Masters.

It's been well documented that the camaraderie between Danish golfers on the DP World Tour has resulted in a close-knit group of players who spend plenty of time at dinners and playing practice rounds together.

A big-brother style mentorship has also prevailed between the older and younger players, which extends to asking for advice at places like Augusta National. When Olesen first played the Masters, he turned to Thomas Bjorn for advice.

Now, Olesen is one of the more senior Danish figures in the game, and he's been more than happy to share his own wisdom with players like Nicolai Højgaard - who is making his Masters debut this week.

"A little bit," Olesen replied when asked if Nicolai was leaning on him for advice.

"I played with him when he was very young. He was an amateur and he played The Open, and we've played a lot of practice rounds the last few years.

"But I think that Nicolai, and Rasmus, are two of the most talented golfers right now, there is in the game. So, they've asked a few questions. And you know, I try to help but I think they're very mature for their age, and they know a lot of stuff already. So they're on the right track to become really special.

"I mean, I was lucky that when I first played here obviously Thomas (Bjørn) was playing in good form.

"And we played with a few different masters champions here, and you ask a few questions to them."

As for the one piece of wisdom Olesen is happy to pass on when it comes to Augusta National? Don't be afraid of it.

"I mean, sometimes it's also nice to go out there and not know too much about the golf course. So for rookies, it's not to be too afraid. I think that was my mistake. I remember the first round I played here when I was a rookie I was too afraid on the golf course. And it's important to still be aggressive."

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