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Olesen wins Perth International by three shots

Final Round — European Tour/Australasia Tour — ISPA Handa Perth International — Lake Karrinyup Country Club — Perth, Australia —

Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen break through for his second career European Tour victory holding on for a three-shot victory at the ISPS Handa Perth International.

Olesen, 130th in the Official World Golf Ranking, finished 17-under at Lake Karringyup Country Club in Australia. He hit 76 percent of the Greens in Regulation for the week — T-8 in the field. It marked the 24-year-old’s first triumph since winning the Sicilian Open in 2012.

France’s Victor Dubuisson, a Team Europe Ryder Cup member at Gleneagles, was runner-up at 14-under after shooting a final-round 66. He was second for the week in GIR. Dubuisson finished T-5 last week in the Volvo World Match Play.

Headliners and past major champions Charl Schwartzel (T-15) and Jason Dufner (T-23) failed to contend. For Dufner, the event was his first since being sidelined about three months with a neck injury early in Summer. He was runner-up here in 2012.

For Olesen, he was a 33-to-1 betting pick to start the week at www.ladbrokes.com.

The Dane opened 2014 one a hot streak before fading for a majority of the season. He logged a T-3 at the Qatar Masters and then a T-5 at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic all before March. He also split time on the PGA Tour this season making six of 14 cuts. He logged one Top 10 — a T-8 effort at the Memorial.

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  • Ian Poulter signed with Acushet Company to play Titleist and FootJoy brands in 2015. Poulter, a Team Europe Ryder Cup star, is currently 43rd in the Official World Golf Ranking.
  • The European Tour returns to action next week in Shanghai, China for the BMW Masters. The tour has three more events before the season-finale at the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai.
  • Will MacKenzie, a 200-1 betting long shot, leads the PGA Tour’s McGladrey Classic alongside Andrew Svoboda heading into the final round at Sea Island Resort.
  • Lee-Anne Pace leads the Blue Bay LPGA at 15-under overall. She built a lead in the final round and was 4-under through 13 holes before play was suspended due to darkness. Weather has plagued the event all week in China. The South African leads Michelle Wie by four shots. Pace, who won last week in her home country, is 42nd in the Rolex Rankings with a T-4 finish earlier this season on the LPGA Tour at the Marathon Classic.