Olesen secures British Masters title after dramatic finish

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An incredible finish to the final day's play in the British Masters saw Thorbjorn Olesen seal the title, despite almost throwing away his lead.

The Dane came into day four at The Belfry in first place but struggled in the early going, bogeying the first hole and he was four over par for the day after 16 holes.

However, an eagle on 17 followed by a birdie on 18 allowed Olesen to leapfrog his challengers and win by just one shot, remarkably matching the same eagle-birdie finish he produced to end his third round.

The turnaround denied Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg, who shot a round of 68 on Sunday to end on nine under for the tournament before Olesen managed to claw his way back up to 10 under at the death.

It could also have been a different story for Scotland's Richie Ramsay, who was on 10 under himself earlier in the day heading to the 18th hole, but a double bogey sent him back down to eight under, ending up tied for third with Connor Syme and Justin Walters.

Elsewhere, there was an unlucky moment for another Dane as Rasmus Hojgaard saw his second shot on the 16th land straight in the hole, before bouncing back out again. He ended the tournament tied for 16th on five under par.

Host Danny Willett also finished tied for 16th, while Jordan Smith climbs one place to sixth in the DP World Tour rankings after finishing tied for 21st on four under.

It was a weekend to forget for Spaniard Rafael Cabrera Bello, though, who finished 67th out of the 68 who made the cut, ending with a round of 78 and a final score of nine over par, dropping to 12th in the tour rankings.

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