Denmark’s most successful golfer Thomas Bjorn captured the European Masters title after hitting a nine- under 62. The Dane executed one eagle and 9 birdies that secured a 20-under 264 finish and $473,000 in prize money for him.
This is the third title captured by 40-year-old Bjorn this year, with the last one seized in Gleneagles, Scotland a week prior to the European Masters. This year is the first since 1998 when he has won two titles.
Top-ranked German golfer Martin Kaymer began his round well but then gave in to his cold and finished with ten consecutive pars in a round of 64.
U.S. Open winner Rory McIlroy got to 15 under and shared third place with South African Jaco van Zyl of South Africa and Welsh Jamie Donaldson. World No. 2 Lee Westwood started the day in second place after marking a birdie on the first hole but eventually had to settle for sixth.
Fifth-ranked Kaymer and sixth-ranked McIlroy wanted a win badly to get ahead of American No. 3 Steve Stricker and No. 4 Dustin Johnson in the rankings. And while they have not managed to do it, Bjorn will most certainly climb to the top 30 from 59th place.
Last year’s European Ryder Cup vice-captain Thomas Bjorn also secured top place in the qualification race for the 2012 European Ryder Cup.