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Name: - Thomas Bjørn
Country: - Denmark
Born : - February 18, 1971 in Silkeborg, Jutland, Denmark.
Original Home/Club: - Silkeborg, Denmark
Occupation: - Professional golfer; course designer.
Turned Pro: - 1993
Sponsor / Attachment: - Callaway, Dubai Creek, Ecco Golf.

Roll of Honour

Ryder Cup player (1997, 2002, '14). Ryder Cup captain (2018). Multiple wins on the European, Sunshine and Japan Tours. European Tour Rookie of the Year (1996).


Golf course design

Bjørn worked with Rick Baril on the design of Lyngbygaard Golf, Denmark. Other projects include designing changes to the Dubai Creek course in UAE.


Did you know?

Thomas Bjørn has established himself as Denmark's most successful golfer of all time, and one of the European Tour's top players. His career on the Tour got off to a flying start in his rookie season, with a win at the 1996 Loch Lomond World Invitational. The following year he became the first Dane to play in the Ryder Cup, and later was appointed the first Scandinavian to captain the European Ryder Cup team (2018).

Bjørn has been a serious contender for Major honours, not least at the 2003 Open Championship, when he held a 2 shot lead with three holes to play. Alas for Thomas the greenside bunker at Royal St George's 16th hole cost him a double-bogey and golf's most coveted trophy went instead to rookie American, Ben Curtis.

A big football fan, Bjorn (whose surname means 'bear' in Danish) is a supporter of Liverpool Football Club (nickname 'The Reds').


Top tournaments won by Thomas Bjorn

2013Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre264 (-20)€366,660
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 5-8; Eurpn/Asian Trs event). Bjørn (Den) beat Craig Lee (Scot) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
2013Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC268 (-20)$1,250,000
Played as the Nedbank Golf Challenge (Dec 5-8; Eurpn/Sunshine Trs event; Eurpn Tr 2014 season; limited field of 30 top tour professionals). Second-placed Jamie Donaldson (Wales) and Sergio Garcia (Esp) finished 2 shots behind Bjørn (Den), who shot a final round 7-under-par 65 to claim victory. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
2011Men EuropeEuropean MastersCrans-sur-Sierre264 (-20)€333,330
Played as the Omega European Masters (Sept 1-4; Eurpn/Asian Trs event). Second-placed Martin Kaymer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Bjørn (Den), who recorded a final day 62 to claim back-to-back wins on the European Tour. [GC Crans-sur-Sierre, Crans-Montana, Switzerland].
2011Men EuropeJohnnie Walker Ch'shipGleneagles277 (-11)€266,629
Played as the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles (Aug 25-28). Bjørn (Den) won a five-way playoff beating George Coetzee (RSA) at the fifth playoff hole. Bernd Weisberger (Aut) was eliminated at the first extra hole; Pablo Larrazabal (Esp) at the second and Mark Foster (Eng) at the fourth. [PGA Centenary Course, Gleneagles, Perthshire].
2011Men EuropeQatar MastersDoha GC274 (-14)€303,114
Played as the Commercialbank Qatar Masters presented by Dolphin Energy (Feb 3-6; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Alvaro Quiros (Esp) finished 4 shots behind Bjørn (Den). [Doha GC, Qatar].
2010Men EuropePortugal OpenPenha Longa265 (-23)€166,660
Played as the Estoril Open de Portugal (June 10-13; for the last time until 2017). Second-placed Richard Green (Aus) finished 5 shots behind Bjørn (Den), who recorded his first European Tour win for four years. [Penha Longa Resort, Sintra, Portugal].
2006Men EuropeIrish OpenCarton House283 (-5)€366,660
Played as the Nissan Irish Open (May 18-21). Second-placed Paul Casey (Eng) finished 1 shot behind Bjørn (Den). [Montgomerie Course, Carton House, Maynooth, Co. Kildare].
2005Men EuropeBritish MastersForest of Arden282 (-6)€417,750
Played as the Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters (May 12-15). Bjørn (Den) beat David Howell (Eng) with a par at the second playoff hole. Brian Davis (Eng) was eliminated at the first playoff. [Arden course, Forest of Arden CC, Meriden, nr Birmingham].
2003Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn272 (-12)¥40million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 20-23; Japan Tr event). Second-placed Daisuke Maruyama (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Bjørn (Den), who won this event for the second time. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
2002Men EuropeBMW Intl. OpenMunich Eichenried264 (-24)€300,000
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 29-Sep 1). Second-placed John Bickerton (Eng) and Berhard Langer (Ger) finished 4 shots behind Bjørn (Den). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
2001Men EuropeDubai Desert ClassicEmirates GC266 (-22)€265,153
Played as the Dubai Desert Classic (March 1-4; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed Padraig Harrington (Ire) and Tiger Woods (USA) finished 2 shots behind Bjørn (Den). [Majlis course, Emirates GC, Dubai, UAE].
2000Men EuropeBMW Intl. OpenMunich Eichenried268 (-20)€250,000
Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 31-Sep 3). Second-placed Bernhard Langer (Ger) finished 3 shots behind Bjørn (Den). [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].
1999Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn270 (-14)¥40million
Played as the Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Nov 18-21; Japan Tr event). Bjørn (Den) beat Sergio Garcia (Esp) with a birdie at the fourth playoff hole (par-5 18th) to claim his first Japan Tour win. Bjørn's first prize equated to US$377,000. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1999Men EuropeSarazen World OpenPGA Catalunya273 (-15)US$100,000
Played as the Sarazen World Open (Oct 14-17; Eurpn Tr event, previously played from 1994-98 in the USA). Second-placed Paolo Quirici (Sui) and Katsuyoshi Tomori (Jpn) finished 2 shots behind Bjørn (Den). [Stadium course, PGA Catalunya, Caldes de Malavella, nr Girona].
1998Men Aus/NZHeineken ClassicVines Resort, Aus280 (-8)£108,935
Played as the Heineken Classic (Jan 29-Feb 1; Aus/Eurpn Trs event). Second-placed Ian Woosnam (Wales) finished 1 shot behind Bjørn (Den). [The Vines Resort & CC, nr Perth, Aus].
1998Men EuropeSpanish OpenEl Prat267 (-21)£91,660
Played as the Peugeot Open de Espana (April 23-26). Second-placed Greg Chalmers (Aus) and José María Olazábal (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Bjørn (Den). [Real (Royal) GC El Prat, El Prat de Llobregat, nr Barcelona Airport. Club now located in Terrassa, nr Barcelona].
1996Men AwardsRookie of Yr - Eurpn Tr£292,478see Score
Björn (Den) won the European Tour 1996 Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award as the leading first-season player. Björn finished 10th on the Tour's Order of Merit, with earnings of £292,247.
1996Men EuropeScottish OpenLoch Lomond277 (-7)£125,000
Played as the inaugural Loch Lomond World Invitational (Sept 19-22; subsequently designated as the second Scottish Open of 1996; played at Loch Lomond, the host venue for the next 14 Scottish Opens). Second-placed Jean Van de Velde (Fra) finished 1 shot behind 25-year-old Bjørn (Den), who recorded his first European Tour win. [Loch Lomond GC, Luss, Dunbartonshire].

 

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