Olesen wary of Tiger

ABU DHABI - Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen said that he will just try to play his own game and try to be in contention on the final day and reckoned that Tiger Woods would be unbeatable if he played well.

By James Jose

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Published: Sun 29 Jan 2012, 12:56 AM

Last updated: Fri 3 Apr 2015, 8:54 AM

The 22-year-oldplayed a classy round of golf to return with five-under 67 for an overall seven-under 137 to jump to sole lead after the second round of the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship at the National Course of the Abu Dhabi Golf Club on Friday.

Olesen, who was two under overnight, fired seven birdies and a bogey.

“There’s so many good guys in this event, it’s tough. If Tiger plays well, he’s unbeatable I think. But I just try to play my own game and try to be up there on Sunday and play well. It’s fantastic to be on top. But I’m looking forward to the weekend,” Olesen said after his round.

Olesen said it was special to be amongst a field which has the likes of Woods, Rory McIlroy and Luke Donald but added that he will try to do his best.

‘For me, it’s very special. It’s not many years ago, I was watching them on TV. Of course, it’s special and I know it’s tough, but I’m trying to keep playing my own game and do my best,” he added.

About his game plan for Saturday, he said: “I will just try to play as I did today. I will try to hit the greens and see if I can roll some putts in and make a few birdies,” said Olesen.

Olesen said that it was a bit of a shame to finish with a bogey after seven birdies but said he played really well. “I hit it pretty close and holed some good putts. I had a few bad shots here and there on the back nine but I saved a lot of them. It’s a bit of a shame to finish with a bogey but I played really well. So, that’s good,” he said.

He said it was tough conditions out there. “There was a lot more wind in the practice round, so I thought it was going to be a really tough week. But it’s still really tough out there. To see on 18 when I get in the rough, it’s tough to get out of it. So, it’s a tough golf course, firm greens, so you have to be in the fairway to hit them close. It’s a tough golf course, very tough, but the rough is especially really tough. So, you need to keep it in the fairway. I hit a few bad drives on the back nine that made it tough. But I hit it close on the front nine and made a lot of putts,” Olesen said.

He said winning his maiden tournament was the main goal for this year. “Winning a tournament, that’s the main goal,” said Olesen, who was 48th in The Race to Dubai in his first year on the Tour last year. He finished second on three occasions last year.

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