This will be Thorbjorn Olesen’s first victory after being fully cleared of sexual assault, and he will carry a three-shot lead in into the final round.
The Dane finished with an eagle-birdie at The Belfry, after a previous eagle on the fifth hole.
Hurley Long of the United States and Marcus Armitage of England are tied for second place, one shot behind of Richie Ramsay of Scotland.
This is a position I haven’t had for a long time,” said Olesen, 32.
“I’m well aware of how difficult it is to prevail here. Somebody’s going to go after me, I can feel it. Staying aggressive is all I can do, so I’ll have to see what happens.”
However, the Dane’s last European Tour victory came in June of this year.
Last year, Olesen was found not guilty of molesting a female passenger on a night flight in the year of 2019.
After drinking and using prescription-only sleeping drugs, he said he was unable to control his body.
As of this writing, Olesen is at 376th in the global rankings, down from 62nd at the time of this writing.
According to him, “I believe that I have a lot of expertise in this field. For as long as I’ve been around, I’ve been close to winning, but I’ve never managed to pull it off. In other words, today was a learning experience all the same. My nerves are high, but that’s something I look forward to when the stakes are higher ” I took a glance at the scoreboard on 15 and saw that no one was going still really low, which made it simpler for me to be patient. It wasn’t the finish that surprised me on the 17th tee, however.”
As a result, he and four other players are four strokes down on seven under after Ramsay, who had been leading for most of the day.