European Tour lifts suspension on Thorbjorn Olesen

Thorbjorn Olesen

The European Tour has announced that it has lifted Thorbjorn Olesen's suspension, allowing the Dane to return to competition with immediate effect.

Yesterday, we reported how the Ryder Cup winner had publicly apologised to his compatriots for the alleged criminal events of last July that caused his career as a professional golfer to be put on hold.

The Ryder Cup star is facing charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and assault by beating following an alleged incident on a British Airways transatlantic flight in July 2019.

Due to a backlog of cases caused, in part, by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was confirmed last month that he won't stand trial until December 2021. 

Consequently, the tour has decided to lift a suspension it imposed on him last August pending the outcome of the proceedings. 

• Paul Lawrie launches new Scottish pro tour

• Players to face longest hole in golf this week

In a statement, a European Tour spokesperson said: "Due to this significant and unparalleled delay in the legal process, the European Tour has agreed that his suspension be lifted with immediate effect, allowing him to compete while he continues to contest the case. 

"This will be reviewed following the conclusion of the legal process, but as this is an on-going legal matter the European Tour will be making no further comment at this time."

Olesen added:  “While my team and I initially agreed that I would not participate in Tour events while the legal proceedings were outstanding, I am naturally grateful to the European Tour for allowing me to continue my career following the lengthy adjournment of my trial. 

"Obviously, the case itself is still on-going so I will continue to make no comment about it.”

• R&A Clubhouse to undergo huge revamp

• Could you stomach Bryson's daily diet?

The 30-year-old made his first professional start last week at the Danish PGA Championship, where he faced the press for the first time since the alleged incident. 

“I am incredibly sad about what has happened and would like to apologise to all the Danes who have supported me for so many years,” he said.

“I basically haven't played golf in a year. I played for a week in November in Spain, and then I've been playing for the last couple of weeks – that’s it.

“Since I started playing, I've never had anything like that where I haven't played in such a long time. It’s hard.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
HOW TO PLAY BUNKER SHOTS LIKE A PRO
Bunker Play
play button
INSIDE THE SWING OF TOMMY FLEETWOOD | SWING ANALYSIS
Tommy Fleetwood
play button
THE CORRECT WAY TO REPAIR A PITCH MARK
Pitch Mark
play button
SHOULD YOU BE USING HONMA GOLF CLUBS? – TR21 X & T//WORLD GS review
Honma
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Justin Rose supports $40m PGA Tour bonus scheme
Tour pro outlines travel uncertainties ahead of LET resumption
Raging golf fans react to PGA Tour bonus scheme
Report: PGA Tour paying $40m bonus to "most influential pros"
New study reveals PGA Tour's highest all-time earner per shot

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct shoulder angle at address
Watch
play button
Posture and set-up tips from Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Complete your shoulder turn
Watch
play button
Create more power with your wrists
Watch
See all videos right arrow