PORTRUSH, NORTHERN IRELAND - JULY 15: Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark plays a shot during a practice round prior to the 148th Open Championship held on the Dunluce Links at Royal Portrush Golf Club on July 15, 2019 in Portrush, United Kingdom. (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Olesen cleared of sexual assault on BA flight

Danish tour player Thorbjørn Olesen said he wants to focus on his golf after he was cleared of sexually assaulting a woman on a British Airways flight in 2019.

The 31-year-old Dane claimed he turned into an “automaton” and was not in control of his body after taking prescription-only sleeping pills bought by his partner Lauren Zafer.

Olesen was on the eight-hour flight from Nashville to London on July 29 with other professional players including Ian Poulter and Justin Rose following the World Golf Championships-FedEx St Jude Invitational in Memphis.

A jury at the trial held at Aldersgate House Nightingale court in central London was told how he had drunk beer, red wine, vodka and champagne before take-off. The five-time European Tour winner ran around the cabin ‘like a little boy’, got trapped in the toilet and became verbally abusive to cabin crew when challenged.