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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 Bjørn will take on Matt Fitzpatrick in one of the most attractive first-round matches at the Paul Lawrie Match Play at Archerfield Golf Links in Scotland.
The Dane is a veteran of six Ryder Cups (three as player, three as captain) while Fitzpatrick is hoping to play in his first later this year. Bjørn is making cuts right now and is 5-for-6 since late May but none of those were top 50s. But he does have plenty of good form in Scotland, including winning the 2011 Johnnie Walker Championship, while he enjoyed an outrageous piece of fortune in a special hole-in-one challenge ahead of this week's event. He'll hope to have more luck on his side against Fitzpatrick in Thursday's clash which starts at 14:15 local time. Aug 2 - 4:18 PM

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Thomas Bjørn pulled out of the Lyoness Open midway through his first round, shortly after recording consecutive double bogeys.

The Dane was 3-over-par through 15 holes when he cut short the day. Rather than a new problem, it would appear to be a case of not having managed the situation. He wrote on Twitter: "Disappointed to withdraw from @LyonessOpen; 4 wks straight was too ambitious with my back! Thanks for support. Now where's the nearest gym??"
Source: Twitter
Jun 9 - 12:53 PM

Thomas Bjørn prepares to tee it up for second time around Bro Hof Slott GC at this week's Nordea Masters.

Named by Darren Clarke as one of his vice-captains for the Ryder Cup last week at Wentworth, Bjorn has a strong game in Sweden, going 9-for-9, with 7 of those being top 30. He may have finished top 5 just the once but he makes a compelling Fantasy case and that top five did come here at Bro Hof Slott GC in 2013, his only appearance on the course and he finished the week ranked 4th for his All Round game. More recently he is dealing with on-going back problems, which caused him to miss a chunk of the season following the Desert Swing. He returned to post T19 at Valderrama, miss the cut at The K Club and then bounce back pretty smartly from a poor first round at Wentworth. That 75 left him languishing in T101 before he finished 70-75-72 to end the week T52.
May 31 - 7:06 AM

Thomas Bjorn has enjoyed success at Wentworth in the last two years and will hope to repeat it at this week's BMW PGA Championship.

In 18 visits to Wentworth the Dane has missed five cuts against eight top 25 finishes, with two top fives. It is worth noting, however, that the course has frequently changed during that period and he has finished T3 and T11 in the last two years - in other words on the latest version of the layout. He can also boast a runner-up finish on the West Course at the 2003 HSBC World Match Play Championship. His season has been fractured by back injury problems. He topped the putting stats on seasonal debut at Abu Dhabi when finishing T11, but followed it with T59 in Qatar. Then came the injury lay off and since his return he plotted his way round Valderrama to close T19, but struggled last week in Ireland and missed the cut.
May 25 - 4:50 AM

Thomas Bjørn has some impressive history at the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open, including a win in 2006, and tries his luck again this week at the K Club.

The Dane took the title at Carton House in 2006 while he's also enjoyed four other top five finishes. His only missed cut in 11 starts came on debut in 1996. Bjørn, who will be playing in the event for the first time since T18 in 2013, has been hampered by back trouble this season and that's limited him to just three starts. However, he has performed well when able to play and took T11 in Abu Dhabi and T19 in last month's Open de Espana. One other obvious plus is his record at the K Club. The former Ryder Cup venue was the regular host of the European Open and Bjørn was runner-up in 2002 and also cracked the top 10 in 1996 and 2000. It's old form but adds to his appeal this week.
May 18 - 5:19 AM

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

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