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The debrief: Ras Al Khaimah Championship 

The debrief: Ras Al Khaimah Championship 

It was a Danish one-two at the top of the leaderboard at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship as Thorbjørn Olesen landed a DP World Tour title for the third year in a row. Here is everything you need to know from the third consecutive event of the International Swing to be held in the United Arab Emirates.

Dominant Olesen wins eighth DP World Tour title

Prior to his victory at the Betfred British Masters hosted by Danny Willett in 2022, Thorbjørn Olesen had gone nearly four years without a DP World Tour title.

Since that triumph at The Belfry, two further titles have since followed in Thailand and now in Ras Al Khaimah to make 2024 the third year in a row he has won on Tour. In doing so, he becomes an eight-time winner on the DP World Tour as he nears double figures for his career.

The Dane saw a four-shot overnight advantage wiped out within seven holes of the final round as his countryman Rasmus Højgaard made a fast start at Al Hamra Golf Club.

A stunning eagle and three-shot swing at the par five eighth completely changed the complexion of the day, however, and Olesen eased to a six-shot win at 27 under.

Olesen's total of 261 - which included a course-record equalling 62 on Friday - is the lowest of the season, with his score to par also the lowest of the campaign so far by seven strokes.

Victory sees him climb to sixth on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex, up 30 places, and to second on the International Swing standings.

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Celebrating with family

Olesen, 34, is based out in the UAE and was delighted to be able to celebrate his latest victory with his family, with his son Cooper and daughter Sienna in attendance.

"It's very special," said UAE-based Olesen. "Standing here with Cooper makes it a little more special.

"To win was a goal and it was nice to get that here, especially being here at my new home. It's always a place I like to come to, not just for golf but for holidays. It's a great place and I'm really happy that I could get a win here."

Matching results for Højgaard twins on either side of the Atlantic

A day after twin brother Nicolai – a former champion in Ras Al Khaimah – finished second at the Farmers insurance Open on the PGA TOUR to Matthieu Pavon, Rasmus Højgaard also was left to settle on a runner-up finish.

The result continued an excellent start to the season for the 22-year-old Dane, who has finished no worse than a tie for 11th in his first three starts of the year.

He will hope to maintain that fine form and be in contention again for a fifth DP World Tour title when the DP World Tour returns to the Kingdom of Bahrain for the first time in 13 years this week.

Lacroix impressing on DP World Tour return

Following his second graduation from the European Challenge Tour, Frederic Lacroix is showing himself to be firmly up to the challenge of life back on the DP World Tour.

After back-to-back top 20s in his two starts towards the end of last year in South Africa, the Frenchman returned to action for the first time in the new year in Ras Al Khaimah.

Perhaps inspired by the victory of his compatriot Pavon in America, the 28-year-old secured his best career DP World Tour result to date, carding six birdies and two bogeys in Sunday’s final round to finish at 20 under.

Rising star Nakajima shines bright

Keita Nakajima is a name who will be familiar to those who follow the game closely, having been ranked as the world’s No 1 amateur for 87 weeks prior to turning professional in 2022.

As result of a pathway formed with the Japan Golf Tour Organisation, the Japanese star is competing on the DP World Tour after finishing top of last season’s Order of Merit in his homeland.

And in his first DP World Tour start of the year, the 23-year-old demonstrated why he will be a player to watch out for as the season progresses.

After back-to-back 66s on Friday and Saturday, Nakajima closed out his week with a 67 to finish in a tie for fourth.

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Bjørn chases the ace

Thomas Bjørn had yet another memorable moment in his 600-plus event DP World Tour career as he made a hole-in-one on the seventh during Friday’s second round.

The Dane needed just one blow from 151 yards with a nine iron to add to his previous aces at the Irish Open and BMW International Open in 1999 and Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship in 2016.

A week on from fellow Ryder Cup-winning Captain Luke Donald’s ace in Dubai, it was the seventh of the season.

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Five of the best

With Bjørn’s brilliance unfortunately not caught on camera, who will take the acclaim for shot of the week?

We’ve compiled a five-strong shortlist below for you to pick your favourite from.

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