Arrested: Thorbjorn Olesen, on suspicion of sexual assault during a flight from Nashville, Tenn., to London, according to British media. Olesen, 29, of Denmark, was detained Monday by Metropolitan Police at Heathrow Airport after he allegedly groped a sleeping female passenger in the first-class cabin of a British Airways flight. He then reportedly urinated in the aisle and verbally abused the cabin crew. According to U.K. media reports, Ian Poulter, who was traveling with Olesen, intervened when Olesen berated British Airways staff members but then Poulter went to sleep before Olesen ratcheted up the boorish behavior. Olesen, a five-time winner on the European Tour and member of the victorious 2018 Ryder Cup team, had tied for 27th in the WGC FedEx St. Jude event in Memphis. He primarily plays the European Tour and is No. 62 in the Official World Golf Ranking. Olesen was released by British authorities pending an investigation. When asked by Morning Read for comment, a European Tour spokesman responded by email: “This is an active police matter, and therefore we have no comment.”
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Scotland’s Gordon Brand Jr. won 8 times in 2½ decades on the European Tour.
Died: Gordon Brand Jr., a Scotsman who won eight times on the European Tour and played in two Ryder Cups, on Wednesday at age 60. No cause of death was cited by the European Tour, but U.K. media reported that Brand died “suddenly,” just hours after his final practice round for this week’s Staysure Tour PGA Seniors Championship at London Golf Club. He had worked the R&A’s radio coverage of the British Open two weeks ago at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. Brand played the European Tour from 1982 to 2006 before he joined the European senior tour, on which he competed for 12 years and won twice. Brand played on the 1987 Ryder Cup team that defeated the Americans at Muirfield Village in Dublin, Ohio, the Europeans’ first victory in the U.S. His 1989 team tied the U.S. at The Belfry in England to retain the cup. The Staysure Tour held a moment of silence before Thursday’s first round of the PGA Seniors, and players were black ribbons in remembrance.