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Thomas Bjørn

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (45) / 2/18/1971
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 194

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Thomas Bjorn returns to a venue and a tournament that have pride of place in his long career when he heads to Valderrama for the Open de Espana.
The Dane has fond memories of the host course having made his Ryder Cup debut there in 1997 when he scored one and a half points from two matches played. He also had good vibes for the event, having won it in 1998 at Real Club El Prat. He’s 10-for-10 form-wise in stroke play events at Valderrama, with a best of T5 at the Andalucian Masters in 2010 and, on his last trip, in 2011, no-one hit more fairways than he did. He kicked off his season in some style in Abu Dhabi, stroking his way to T11 thanks to a smooth putting performance (he topped all the stats), but T59 followed in Qatar, since when he’s been recuperating. Apr 12 - 1:29 PM

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Thomas Bjorn pulled out of the Omega Dubai Desert Classic ahead of his first round tee time with a bad back.

Danish website reported that it was a repeat of the back pain he dealt with last week in Qatar, but he felt unable to cope with four rounds. There was no mention of how long he anticipated being out of action. He was replaced in the field by fellow Dane Joachim B Hansen. Danish website 19hul has subsequently suggested he will return April 14 at the Open de Espana.
Feb 4 - 1:40 PM

Thomas Bjørn tripled 14 but followed it with an ace in his opening 4-under-par 36-32=68 at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship.

After starting at 10, the Dane had just come off a birdie at 13 when he took seven swishes at the par-4 14th. No matter, he balanced the books again by draining his tee-shot at the 177-yard par-3 15th to return to even par. Bjorn found calmer waters after that with a run of seven straight pars but finished fast with four birdies in his final five holes to slot in at T7 on the live leaderboard, four off the pace. He split only half the 14 fairways and found 13 greens in regulation. He was 4-for-4 in sand saves.
Jan 21 - 5:56 AM

Thomas Bjorn kicks off his 2016 campaign at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship hoping that his improving form there prevails over his lukewarm efforts in 2015.

A long term traveler to the event the Dane’s first six visits failed to reap a top 20 finish, but he turned it around with a T3 in 2012 backed up by a T10 in 2014. Didn’t play 12 months ago, but has plenty of desert credentials as a winner of the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic and 2011 Qatar Masters. Played the Ryder Cup at Gleneagles off the back of a superb 2014 season, but has hit a slump of sorts and not made a top ten on the European Tour since that week in September 2014.
Jan 19 - 10:18 AM

Thomas Bjørn bogeyed two of his first three holes but hit back to shoot a 4-under-par 35-32=67 in Friday's second round at the Portugal Masters.

With twin 67s over the first two days, the Dane is up to T7 on the leaderboard although he trails three-shot leader Andy Sullivan by six strokes. Bjørn slipped back to 2-under after bogeys at 11 and 12 but sprinkled birdies at 13, 15, 17, 1, 4 and 8 to settle at 8-under 134. Surprisingly, the Ryder Cup veteran has yet to post a top 10 this season but he's now in position to put that right after a solid opening 36 holes. Today he could only split 8 (of 14) fairways and hit 11 greens in regulation but limited the mistakes with 5-for-7 scrambling stats.
Fri, Oct 16, 2015 02:15:00 PM

Thomas Bjørn will seek a first top 10 of the campaign when he heads to the Oceanico Victoria Golf Course to contest this week's Portugal Masters.

The Dane's season is rather tailing off after three successive missed cuts and he hasn't cashed since a T27 in his home Made In Denmark event in August. Bjørn's best result from 19 starts remains a T11 in May's BMW PGA Championship while he's posted just two other top 25s. As for this week's tournament, the Ryder Cup star has played it seven times and made the cut in six. That includes a T8 in 2011 and a T17 in 2010.
Wed, Oct 14, 2015 04:27:00 AM

Thomas Bjørn will make another appearance in this week's Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in Scotland.

The Dane has played in 11 of the 14 previous editions and made seven cuts. This will be his first appearance since 2012. Bjørn's best result came via a T7 in 2002 while he also made the top 15 in 2001 (T13) and 2010 (T11). Right now, he's 84th on the Race To Dubai so has ground to gain if he wants to make the top 60 who'll contest the season-ending DP World Tour Championship, Dubai. His last two starts in Europe show T27 in his home Made In Denmark event and a missed cut in the KLM Open (70-69).
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 04:59:00 PM

Thomas Bjørn hung up a 3-under-par 33-36=69 in his opening round at the 97th PGA Championship, good enough for a share of the early clubhouse lead.

And yet despite the strong start, the fiery Dane walked off Whistling Straits' 18th hole a frustrated figure after bogeying his final two holes. They were the only blemishes on a card which showed birdies at Nos. 3, 5, 8, 11 and 12. Bjørn hit 12 greens in regulation on his opening lap while only one of his five conversions was from outside 10 feet, a 14'8" putt at the long par-4 8th hole. The Ryder Cup star is no stranger to playing well in majors and has a T2 (2005) and a third (2000) to his name in this event. However, he hasn't posted a single top 10 on either European or PGA TOUR in 2015.
Thu, Aug 13, 2015 01:26:00 PM

Thomas Bjørn will tee it up at Firestone Country Club’s South Course for the ninth time when he contests this week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational.

The Dane has collected four top 20s during that run which began with a T10 in 2000 and featured a T15 as its latest instalment 12 months ago. Bjørn slots in at 85th on the latest Race To Dubai standings but has disappointed in recent events with missed cuts at the Scottish Open and the Open Championship. He's currently outside the top 100 for driving accuracy and greens in regulation.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 08:55:00 AM

Thomas Bjørn has won two of his 15 European Tour titles at the BMW International Open and he returns to Germany this week for another crack.

Both those victories -- by three shots from Bernhard Langer in 2000 and by four from Langer again and England's John Bickerton in 2002 -- came at this week's venue, Munchen Nord-Eichenried. If gamers are put off by dated form like that, it's worth noting that Bjørn was also runner-up at this course on his last appearance there two years ago. That was sandwiched between T8s in 2012 and 2014 when Gut Larchenhof staged the tournament so the Dane clearly enjoys his visits to Germany. Bjørn didn't play in the U.S. Open so his latest result is a T21 at the Nordea Masters.
Tue, Jun 23, 2015 04:58:00 AM

Thomas Bjørn overcame four bogeys on the front nine to shoot a 1-under-par 36-35=71 in round two of the BMW PGA Championship.

The Dane dropped shots at 1, 5, 8 and 9 but repaired the damage with birdies at 2, 4, 7 and 12 and finally got under par for the day with another par breaker at the 179-yard par-3 14th. At 4-under 140 he's currently T8 and six behind leader Francesco Molinari. Bjørn held a five-shot lead going into the final round of this event last year but couldn't get the job done after closing with a 75. The former Wentworth resident is in position to challenge again but will need to tidy up around the greens (just 2-for-8 in scrambling so far) over the weekend.
Fri, May 22, 2015 10:07:00 AM

Denmark's Thomas Bjørn will line up in this week's inaugural AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open at Heritage GC.

This is the first official European Tour event to be tri-sanctioned with the Asian and Sunshine Tours and Bjørn would be an appropriate winner having had success on all three. The 15-time European Tour champion's last victory came in neighbouring South Africa in December 2013 when he landed the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The Ryder Cup star has had a tricky start to this season but rode a hot short game to finish fourth at the Asian Tour's Indonesia Masters two weeks ago.
Tue, May 5, 2015 03:22:00 AM

Thomas Bjørn looped Augusta National Golf Club in even-par 36-36=72 in his opening round round of the Masters.

The Dane is returning to competition this week. He last pegged it at the WGC-Cadillac Championship where he called it quits during his opening round due to personal issues. Today in Georgia, he hit 12 greens in regulation and traded three birdies with three bogeys. While he's eight strokes off the overnight lead, Bjørn shot over par in his last five trips to the Masters. He hadn't gone this low since opening the 2005 edition with 71.
Thu, Apr 9, 2015 06:27:00 PM

Thomas Bjørn is not listed in the published field of next week's Shell Houston Open.

It was a long shot that he'd be granted a sponsor or foreign exemption to compete, but the possibility existed. So, expect to see him back inside the ropes at the Masters on April 9. Bjørn last pegged it at Trump National Doral where he walked off after only eight holes, reportedly due to personal issues. The Dane tied for eighth at last year's Masters, so he may be worth a peek in majors pool and DFS if not other standard formats.
Fri, Mar 27, 2015 07:47:00 PM

Thomas Bjørn has been removed from the published field of this week's Trophee Hassan II.

We last checked the field on March 13 when it was preliminary. He hasn't played since withdrawing from the WGC-Cadillac after eight holes in the first round. The Dane is already exempt into the Masters, but it remains to be seen if he'll crack the field at next week's Shell Houston Open.
Tue, Mar 24, 2015 03:15:00 AM