European Tour suspends Olesen pending outcome of charges

European Tour suspends Olesen pending outcome of charges

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Thorbjorn Olesen, a five-time winner on the European Tour, was suspended by the tour pending the resolution of charges that include sexual assault and being drunk on an airplane.

VIRGINIA WATER, England (AP) — The European Tour has suspended Thorbjorn Olesen pending the investigation into his arrest and charges of being drunk on an aircraft and sexual assault.

Olesen is to appear in court on Aug. 21 on charges of sexual assault, being drunk on an aircraft and common assault, according to Metropolitan Police in London.

The European Tour said Tuesday in a statement the Danish golfer has been suspended pending the outcome of his case. The tour said it would have no further comment while the legal matter proceeds.

Olesen was arrested at Heathrow Airport on July 29 upon his return from the World Golf Championships event in Tennessee, where he tied for 27th.

Media outlets in Great Britain reported that Ian Poulter, who also played the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational, was on the flight and tried to calm the situation.

Poulter's agent, Paul Dunkley, told The Sun that Poulter helped calm a "slightly intoxicated" passenger and then went to sleep "and the first he knew of anything else was when the police were waiting at Heathrow."

PA Sports reported that Olesen's lawyer released a statement Monday saying the 29-year-old Dane has cooperated fully with police during the investigation.

The tour resumes next week with the Czech Masters, followed by the Scandinavian Invitation in Sweden on Aug. 22-25.

Olesen has five European Tour victories and made his Ryder Cup debut last year by going 1-1, winning his singles match against Jordan Spieth in a European victory in France.


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