The 26 year old finished with four birdies and an eagle in his final six holes to open a sizeable gap at the top in the opening tournament of the European Tour’s Final Series.
Olesen currently sits in 38th position in the Race to Dubai and a victory in the sun-kissed Belek region in southern Turkey could move the Dane within the top ten and into contention for the €5million bonus pool at the conclusion of the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.
Leading the chasing pack heading into the weekend were Spaniard Adrian Otaegui and Thongchai Jaidee of Thailand, who shared second place on nine under par after respective rounds of 63 and 66, while Englishman David Horsey (67), Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren (64), Haotong Li of China and Italian Matteo Manassero (both 68) were all a shot further back on eight under.
“I think I found something in Portugal," said Olesen. "I was playing really well. I didn't score that well, but I felt like I was playing a lot better, so I was hoping for something good to come. Yesterday was a great putting display, and today I played better and still putted great, so it's been a couple of good days.
“As for the eagle, I hit a loose three-wood from the tee, really just got out of it, and then had a tricky lie and hit a great shot around a pole- a low fade around up to 15 feet, 20 feet, and holed a great putt. That will definitely keep your round going. You can easily make a five from there instead of a three, so that was definitely the shot of the day.
“I feel like I've been up in contention in a lot of big events so I feel pretty comfortable. There are still 36 holes to go, so that's a lot of golf to be played but I have to keep being aggressive out there, keep going after some of the pins and try to make birdies. That's the only way I can win.”
Scott Hend, in 34th position, leads the two Australians in the field at 2 under and 13 shots from the lead while Nathan Holman just made the cut at 4 over par.
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