From a report in the Independent and other British websites, on Monday, European Ryder Cup player Thorbjorn Olesen was apprehended in London on suspicion of sexual assault and other crimes while on an airplane that departed Memphis.
According to the Independent report, the 29-year-old Dane became drunk and verbally abusive on the flight. He has five European Tour victories and played in the PGA Tour’s WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational in Memphis over the weekend. The report states that he urinated in the first-class aisle of the British Airways plane, made a pass at a female passenger and is being investigated for sexually assaulting a female passenger who was sleeping.
Report from police in the Independent indicates that Olesen was arrested at the gate then released several hours later to pave way for investigations.
Olesen’s European teammate at the 2018 Ryder Cup, Ian Poulter, tried to calm Olesen earlier on the flight. Poulter’s agent, Paul Dunkley, told the Independent that Poulter then fell asleep for the long flight and was unaware of Olesen’s behavior until police arrived at the landing gate to take Olesen into custody.
“He started abusing some of the passengers and crew and then made a pass at one of the female passengers before taking a leak in the aisle,” the witness recalled. “It was shocking behavior. You would expect it maybe on a budget airline but not in the first-class cabin on [British Airways].”
Olesen finished in 27th place on Sunday. He tweeted that he was looking forward to “some time off” to practice and improve his game.