10 - 13 April

Thorbjorn Olesen cards back-to-back 68s to secure Masters invite for 2014

Last Updated: 15/04/13 2:37am

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Thorbjorn Olesen: Eight under par for the weekend at Augusta

Thorbjorn Olesen: Eight under par for the weekend at Augusta

Thorbjorn Olesen secured an automatic return to Augusta National next year after firing his second 68 of an impressive weekend on his Masters debut.

The talented young Dane had been seven over par after five holes of his second round before launching his sparkling fightback.

A 70 got him into the weekend with nothing to spare, and he vaulted up the leaderboard with a third-round 68 before matching that score in the rain on Sunday.

The 23-year-old rolled in four birdies on the front nine to turn in 33, and he hit back from a bogey at the 10th with three straight birdies from the 13th.

A closing bogey cost him a share of fourth place, but his four under score was a remarkable effort considering he had opened the week with an erratic 78.

"I have been playing great in the last three days," he said. "I have hit so many good shots, shaped the ball well and holed a few putts as well.

"It was a shame to end on a bogey but it is a dream to be here and to play well is a bonus."

Meanwhile, Bernhard Langer had threatened to pull of an unlikely third victory 20 years after his second after opening his final round with three straight birdies to get to five under.

But bogeys at six and seven set him back, and he ran up back-to-back double-bogeys at 12 and 13 as he came home in 41 to card a 76 and finish two over.

"My young son was saying that if I shot seven under par then I might win the tournament," said the 55-year-old.

"I made a hot start but when the rain came down I could not adjust. It was fun while it last though."

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