Danish golfer Thorbjorn Olesen tee's off at the second during day Four of the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship at The Old Course, St Andrews, Sunday Oct. 4, 2015. (Ian Rutherford / PA via AP) UNITED KINGDOM OUT - NO SALES - NO ARCHIVES
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October 04, 2015

ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) Thorbjorn Olesen overcame a shaky start Sunday to protect his overnight lead and win the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship by two shots.

Olesen had a double bogey on the second hole and a bogey on the third but recovered for a 1-under 71 at St. Andrews to hold off a late charge by Brooks Koepka of the United States.

Koepka shot a 67 to finish tied for second with fellow American Chris Stroud (68). Olesen entered the final round with a three-shot lead and finished with an 18-under total of 270.

The Dane earned his third European Tour title after showing his mastery of links courses. The tournament is spread over St. Andrews, Kingsbarns and Carnoustie over the first three rounds.

He said ''it's been a very tough year and standing here with this trophy is unbelievable.''

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