Bjørn with the Omega European Masters trophy in 2011
|Full name||Thomas Bjørn|
|Nickname||The Great Dane|
|Born||18 February 1971|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)|
|Residence|| Silkeborg, Denmark |
Oliver and Julia (twins)
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1996)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|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
| Challenge Tour|
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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Denmark, officially the Kingdom of Denmark, is a Nordic country and the southernmost of the Scandinavian nations. Denmark lies southwest of Sweden and south of Norway, and is bordered to the south by Germany. The Kingdom of Denmark also comprises two autonomous constituent countries in the North Atlantic Ocean: the Faroe Islands and Greenland. Denmark proper consists of a peninsula, Jutland, and an archipelago of 443 named islands, with the largest being Zealand, Funen and the North Jutlandic Island. The islands are characterised by flat, arable land and sandy coasts, low elevation and a temperate climate. Denmark has a total area of 42,924 km2 (16,573 sq mi), land area of 42,394 km2 (16,368 sq mi), and the total area including Greenland and the Faroe Islands is 2,210,579 km2 (853,509 sq mi), and a population of 5.8 million.
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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.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."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.
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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.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.
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.
Bjørn has three children, Filippa and twins Oliver and Julia with his former wife Pernilla. Bjørn currently resides in London.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.
Bjørn is a football fan and a keen follower of Liverpool F.C.. Alongside football he also states his other interest to be movies.
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||22 Sep 1996||Loch Lomond World Invitational||−11 (70-68-69-70=277)||1 stroke|
|2||1 Feb 1998||Heineken Classic||−8 (70-68-68-74=280)||1 stroke|
|3||26 Apr 1998||Peugeot Open de Espana||−21 (68-67-66-66=267)||1 stroke|
|4||17 Oct 1999||Sarazen World Open||−15 (66-69-70-68=273)||2 strokes|
|5||3 Sep 2000||BMW International Open||−20 (69-63-69-67=268)||3 strokes|
|6||4 Mar 2001||Dubai Desert Classic||−22 (64-66-67-69=266)||2 strokes|
|7||1 Sep 2002||BMW International Open (2)||−24 (68-64-66-66=264)||4 strokes|
|8||15 May 2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||−6 (73-68-73-68=282)||Playoff|
|9||21 May 2006||Irish Open||−5 (78-66-67-72=283)||1 stroke|
|10||13 Jun 2010||Estoril Open de Portugal||−23 (67-65-65-68=265)||5 strokes|
|11||6 Feb 2011||Commercialbank Qatar Masters||−14 (74-65-66-69=274)||4 strokes|
|12||28 Aug 2011|| Johnnie Walker Championship|
|13||4 Sep 2011||Omega European Masters||−20 (68-68-66-62=264)||4 strokes|
|14||8 Sep 2013||Omega European Masters (2)||−20 (66-66-67-65=264)||Playoff|
|15||8 Dec 2013|
|Nedbank Golf Challenge 1||−20 (67-70-66-65=268)||2 strokes|
1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour
European Tour playoff record (3–2)
|1||2003||Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||2003||Nissan Irish Open||Campbell won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||Won with par on second extra hole|
Davis eliminated by par on first hole
|4||2011||Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles||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||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of|
|1||8 Dec 2013||Nedbank Golf Challenge 1||−20 (67-70-66-65=268)||2 strokes|
1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T9||T30|
|The Open Championship||T2||CUT||T8||T2||CUT||CUT||T41||T53|
|The Open Championship||CUT||4||T54||T73||T26||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||2||0||3||5||5||18||11|
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||R32||R16||R64||R32||R64||R64|
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||R32||R64||R64||R32|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
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