Thomas Bjørn

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Thomas Bjørn
Thomas Bjorn 2011 Omega European Masters.png
Bjørn with the Omega European Masters trophy in 2011
Personal information
Full name Thomas Bjørn
NicknameThe Great Dane [1]
Born (1971-02-18) 18 February 1971 (age 47)
Silkeborg, Denmark
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)
NationalityFlag of Denmark.svg  Denmark
Residence Silkeborg, Denmark
Gothenburg, Sweden
Children Filippa,
Oliver and Julia (twins)
Isabella
Career
Turned professional 1993
Current tour(s) European Tour (joined 1996)
Professional wins 21
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 15
Japan Golf Tour 2
Sunshine Tour 1
Challenge Tour 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T8: 2014
U.S. Open T22: 2001
The Open Championship T2: 2000, 2003
PGA Championship T2: 2005
Achievements and awards
Sir Henry Cotton
Rookie of the Year
1996
Challenge Tour
Rankings winner
1995

Thomas Bjørn (born 18 February 1971) is a professional golfer from Denmark who plays on the European Tour. He is the most successful Danish golfer to have played the game having won fifteen tournaments worldwide on the European Tour. In 1997 he also became the first Dane to qualify for a European Ryder Cup team. Bjørn is remembered for his collapse at Royal St. George's during the 2003 Open Championship, when he led by two strokes with three holes to play, but took three attempts to get out of a greenside bunker on the par three 16th, handing the tournament to Ben Curtis. He captained the winning European side at the 2018 Ryder Cup.

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Professional career

Bjørn started his career playing on the Challenge Tour from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 he won four tournaments on the Challenge Tour to earn his card for his debut year on the European Tour in 1996. Bjørn made his breakthrough immediately winning his maiden tour title in his debut season at the Loch Lomond World Invitational. He became the first golfer from Denmark to win a tournament on the European Tour. [2] He finished the 1996 season placed tenth on the Order of Merit.

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The follow up season in 1997 was steady with a number of top ten finishes without a win, however Bjørn did not have long to wait until his next win arrived. He won early in the 1998 season in Perth, Australia taking the Heineken Classic for his second European Tour title. Despite an over par final round of 74, Bjørn won by a single stroke from Ian Woosnam. In April 1998, after a five-week break from competitive golf, Bjørn won for the second time that year at the Peugeot Open de Espana after a final round 66 took him to 21 under and one stroke ahead of the chasing pack. He later said: "I didn’t really expect this after taking five weeks off, but when your confidence has gone like mine did after winning in Perth, it just shows it’s best to take a break and regroup." [3] After his two wins he finished the year 6th on the Order of Merit.

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After a winless period due to injuries and the birth of his first child, Bjørn returned to the winner's circle in October 1999 at the Sarazen World Open. This was his fourth career European Tour win and after an unspectacular year, he jumped up the standings to finish the season 14th on the Order of Merit.

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He has finished in the top ten on the Order of Merit eight times with a best finish of fifth in 2000. He has come close to winning a major championship at the 2003 Open Championship when he was in the lead with 4 holes to play before a slump handed victory to Ben Curtis. At the 2005 PGA Championship, he was tied for the lead before finishing as runner-up to Phil Mickelson in a second-place tie with Steve Elkington.

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The 2003 Open Championship was a men's major golf championship and the 132nd Open Championship, held from 17–20 July at Royal St George's Golf Club in Sandwich, England. Ben Curtis won his only major title to date, one stroke ahead of runners-up Thomas Bjørn and Vijay Singh. Bjørn had led in the final round by two shots with three holes to play, but needed three attempts to play out of a greenside bunker on the 16th hole. Playing in his first major championship and number 396 in the world rankings, Curtis became the first debut winner at The Open since Tom Watson in 1975.

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Bjørn was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 2002 and 2014. He made the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for one week in 2001 after a second-place finish at The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond. [4] [5]

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Bjørn picked up his first European Tour win in four years and 10th of his career in 2010 at the Estoril Open de Portugal, winning with a score of 23-under-par, five better than Richard Green. He followed this with three more wins at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in February 2011, Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August 2011, winning in a five-man playoff on the fifth extra hole, birdieing the final three holes and Omega European Masters in September 2011. It was Bjørn's 13th career European Tour win.

In 2005 and 2006, Bjørn sponsored the Thomas Bjørn Open, an event on the Challenge Tour played in his home country. [6] In 2007, Bjørn was elected chairman of the European Tour's tournament committee.

In December 2013, Bjørn won the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa. [7]

Bjørn's last name is sometimes written Björn or Bjorn outside Denmark. The Danish (and Norwegian) letter 'ø' represents approximately the same sound as 'ö' in German and Swedish. Literally translated, his surname means bear in Danish.

Personal life

Bjørn has three children, Filippa and twins Oliver and Julia with his former wife Pernilla. Bjørn currently resides in London. [8] Perth-born air stewardess Dagmara Leniartek had a five-year affair with Bjørn. Bjørn initially cut relations with Leniartek and denied he was the father of her daughter. However, Danish media reported a DNA test had subsequently proved Bjørn was the father of the child – a girl named Isabella. [9] [10] [11]

Bjørn is a football fan and a keen follower of Liverpool F.C.. Alongside football he also states his other interest to be movies. [12]

Professional wins (21)

European Tour wins (15)

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Thomas Bjørn
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
122 Sep 1996 Loch Lomond World Invitational −11 (70-68-69-70=277)1 stroke Flag of France.svg Jean van de Velde
21 Feb 1998 Heineken Classic −8 (70-68-68-74=280)1 stroke Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Ian Woosnam
326 Apr 1998 Peugeot Open de Espana −21 (68-67-66-66=267)1 stroke Flag of Australia.svg Greg Chalmers, Flag of Spain.svg José María Olazábal
417 Oct 1999 Sarazen World Open −15 (66-69-70-68=273)2 strokes Flag of Switzerland.svg Paolo Quirici, Flag of Japan.svg Katsuyoshi Tomori
53 Sep 2000 BMW International Open −20 (69-63-69-67=268)3 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer
64 Mar 2001 Dubai Desert Classic −22 (64-66-67-69=266)2 strokes Flag of Ireland.svg Pádraig Harrington, Flag of the United States.svg Tiger Woods
71 Sep 2002 BMW International Open (2)−24 (68-64-66-66=264)4 strokes Flag of England.svg John Bickerton, Flag of Germany.svg Bernhard Langer
815 May 2005 Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters −6 (73-68-73-68=282)Playoff Flag of England.svg Brian Davis, Flag of England.svg David Howell
921 May 2006 Irish Open −5 (78-66-67-72=283)1 stroke Flag of England.svg Paul Casey
1013 Jun 2010 Estoril Open de Portugal −23 (67-65-65-68=265)5 strokes Flag of Australia.svg Richard Green
116 Feb 2011 Commercialbank Qatar Masters −14 (74-65-66-69=274)4 strokes Flag of Spain.svg Álvaro Quirós
1228 Aug 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship
at Gleneagles
−11 (68-69-71-69=277)Playoff Flag of South Africa.svg George Coetzee, Flag of England.svg Mark Foster,
Flag of Spain.svg Pablo Larrazábal, Flag of Austria.svg Bernd Wiesberger
134 Sep 2011 Omega European Masters −20 (68-68-66-62=264)4 strokes Flag of Germany.svg Martin Kaymer
148 Sep 2013 Omega European Masters (2)−20 (66-66-67-65=264)Playoff Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Lee
158 Dec 2013
(2014 season)
Nedbank Golf Challenge 1−20 (67-70-66-65=268)2 strokes Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jamie Donaldson, Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García

1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour

European Tour playoff record (3–2)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
1 2003 Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe Flag of Ireland.svg Pádraig Harrington Lost to par on first extra hole
22003 Nissan Irish Open Flag of New Zealand.svg Michael Campbell, Flag of Sweden.svg Peter Hedblom Campbell won with birdie on first extra hole
3 2005 Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters Flag of England.svg Brian Davis, Flag of England.svg David Howell Won with par on second extra hole
Davis eliminated by par on first hole
4 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles Flag of South Africa.svg George Coetzee, Flag of England.svg Mark Foster,
Flag of Spain.svg Pablo Larrazábal, Flag of Austria.svg Bernd Wiesberger
Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
Foster eliminated by par on fourth hole
Larrázabal eliminated by par on second hole
Wiesberger eliminated by par on first hole
5 2013 Omega European Masters Flag of Scotland.svg Craig Lee Won with birdie on first extra hole

Sunshine Tour wins (1)

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
18 Dec 2013 Nedbank Golf Challenge 1−20 (67-70-66-65=268)2 strokes Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Jamie Donaldson, Flag of Spain.svg Sergio García

1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour

Challenge Tour wins (4)

Japan Golf Tour wins (2)

Results in major championships

Tournament1996199719981999
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T68T25CUT
The Open Championship CUTCUTT9T30
PGA Championship T45CUTT70
Tournament2000200120022003200420052006200720082009
Masters Tournament T28CUTT18CUTT25T32CUT
U.S. Open T46T22T37CUTCUTT52T48CUT
The Open Championship T2CUTT8T2CUTCUTT41T53
PGA Championship 3T63CUTCUTT2CUTT62
Tournament20102011201220132014201520162017
Masters Tournament T37T46T8CUT
U.S. Open CUT
The Open Championship CUT4T54T73T26CUT
PGA Championship CUTT48CUTCUTT48CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Summary

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament 000013127
U.S. Open 000002127
The Open Championship 0203551811
PGA Championship 011222168
Totals03158125833

Results in World Golf Championship events

Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.

Tournament1999200020012002200320042005200620072008
Cadillac Match Play Championship R32R16R64R32R64R64
Cadillac Championship T59T40NT1T27T282WDT41T11
Bridgestone Invitational T10T31T15T6118T18
Tournament2009201020112012201320142015
Cadillac Championship T28T24T44WD
Cadillac Match Play Championship R32R64R64R32
Bridgestone Invitational T68T40T1569
HSBC Champions T42T21T39T41

1Cancelled due to 9/11

  Top 10
  Did not play

WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.

Team appearances

Amateur

Professional

Ryder Cup points record
199719992002200420062008201020122014Total
1.5-2-----0.54

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