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Olesen qualifies for special temporary status on Tour

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HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. –Thorbjorn Olesen’s tie for sixth place on Sunday at the Masters was progress on many fronts for the Dane.

Olesen earned $278,000 for his Augusta National showing and pushed his take this year to $485,700, enough for him to take up special temporary status on the PGA Tour.

Olesen’s manager with Hambric Sports Management told Golf Channel his man will take up the offer for limited Tour membership, which allows him unlimited sponsor exemptions, although he likely won’t add to his U.S. schedule in 2013.

His finish also propelled him high enough on the European Tour’s Race for Dubai list (fourth) to qualify for the Volvo World Match Play in Bulgaria, which will likely force him to skip the Memorial which was originally on his schedule.

Olesen’s current Tour schedule includes the Zurich Classic, The Players, U.S. Open, British Open, PGA Championship, WGC-Bridgestone Invitational and he is trying to secure a sponsor exemption into the Travelers Championship.

Olesen – who played his last three rounds at Augusta National in 10 under par despite the lingering effects of whiplash from a car accident the week of the Shell Houston Open – must crack the top 125 in earnings to earn full membership. With this year’s limited schedule he needs to earn about $150,000 more to reach that threshold.