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Sunday, April 1, 2012
Thorbjorn Olesen wins Sicilian Open

Associated Press

SCIACCA, Sicily -- Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark shot a 69 to win the Sicilian Open by 1 shot on Sunday, holding off England's Chris Wood who equaled the course record with an 8-under 64 on Sunday.

Olesen made six birdies to finish with an overall 15-under 273 at Verdura Golf and Spa Resort for his first career victory on the European Tour.

Wood picked up five shots in his first five holes -- including an eagle on the par-5 fourth -- and tied for the lead when Olesen bogeyed after hitting a wild approach shot to the 13th green.

But the 22-year-old Olesen, who led by three shots overnight, recovered with a birdie on No. 14 and finished with four straight pars.

Former PGA Championship winner Rich Beem finished tied at 11th, along with John Daly and six others.

"I played solid all day and I'm happy with that," Beem said. "It really felt good to play well again."

It was the first time in four events that Beem has made the cut on the European Tour.