Thomas Bjorn carded a pair of 1-over-par 71s in his final two rounds of the British Open to finish at 1-under 279, good for sole possession of fourth place.
Bjorn buried seven birdies during his opening-round 65, but totaled only seven over his final 54, but it doesn't come without its rewards. The top four finishers, including Darren Clarke (1st), Dustin Johnson (T2) and Phil Mickelson (T2), are now exempt into the 2012 Masters. (Of course, Mickelson has a lifetime exemption into the season's first major.) Meanwhile, the remainder of the top 10 and ties -- Chad Campbell (T5), Rickie Fowler (T5), Anthony Kim (T5), Raphael Jacquelin (eighth), Simon Dyson (T9), Sergio Garcia (T9), Davis Love III (T9) -- have earned berths into the 2012 British Open at Royal Lyntham & St. Annes. Bjorn was a notable replacement for Vijay Singh for this year's edition. The Dane's place in the world golf ranking was aided in no small measure by his victory in Qatar in February. Therefore, he parlayed that win into a top five at Royal St. George's today, which in turn has borne exemptions into two majors already next year.
Sun, Jul 17, 2011 01:38:00 PM