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Birdies at the final two holes vaulted Thorbjorn Olesen to fourth place at the British Open. It also earned the young Dane a third-round date with his boyhood hero - Tiger Woods.
Olesen, 22, says ''he's been my idol for so many years so it's fantastic to have a chance to play with him.''
The 112th-ranked Olesen is one of Europe's rising stars but is in uncharted territory this week - he's playing in only his second major.
He says Friday ''I didn't expect to be up there, no. But I knew I had the game for it.''
Olesen's 4-under 66 matched the second best round of day two at Royal Lytham & St. Annes and left him on 5-under 135, five strokes off the lead.
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Except, of course, that it was about wrong.
Woods needed to make his move in the third round of the 141st Open Championship. The 15th major he's sought for four years and a month beckoned.
And after holding a share of the midway lead at last month's US Open and fading...
Tiger Woods had owned the par-4 sixth hole at Royal Lytham & St. Annes the first three days of the 141st Open Championship.
And then the toughest hole at Royal Lytham struck back at an inopportune time for Woods, who took a triple-bogey in Sunday's final round to cripple his run at leader Adam Scott.
After finding the fairway with 3-wood, Woods flew his approach shot into...
Tiger Woods walked up to the 18th green at Royal Lytham & St. Annes Golf Course on Friday afternoon, staring at his ball down in the canyon they called a sand trap. It was an impossible shot for any golfer to make, but then again this was Tiger. As he envisioned each sequence the shot would take from gripping his wedge to striking the ball and ultimately the ball rolling safely...
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It looked like Tiger would need some help just to save par, but he decided he'd rather have a birdie instead...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist The enduring image of Tiger Woods from this British Open will be of him bent over on one knee, his other leg angled to the side, as he desperately tried to save his day with a miracle shot from deep in a bunker off the sixth green. His adventure in the sand proved costly, though perhaps even more fatal to his chances were...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By TIM DAHLBERG AP Sports Columnist It's beginning to look familiar again, like it did when the mere mention of Tiger Woods made the putting stroke of anyone on the leaderboard of a major get just a little quicker. It sure sounded familiar when he holed out from the bunker on the final hole Friday, and cheers echoed off the giant grandstands surrounding...
If Thorbjorn Olesen does ever blossom into the star player many are predicting he will become, he'll probably look back on his round with Tiger Woods as the day he came of age.
The man often touted as Europe's ''next big thing'' had his first taste of the Tiger experience in the third round of the British Open on Saturday.
It's something he'll never...
(Eds: With AP Photos.) By JIM LITKE AP Sports Columnist Just before noon, the name ''Tiger Woods'' popped up on the leaderboard at the British Open with a red ''-4'' alongside it.
Not long ago, that would have been a signal for everyone else to book the first flight home as soon as the tournament ended. They already knew who had reserved the best...
A glance at the key hole Friday at the British Open:
HOLE: No. 18
STROKE AVERAGE: 4.05
KEY FACT: Leader Brandt Snedeker was the only player among the first four on the scoreboard who didn't make birdie at the hole. Tiger Woods, in third place, holed out from a greenside bunker for his and Thorbjorn Olesen made a 25-footer to climb into fourth...
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