Thomas Bjorn takes payback from Royal St. George’s

The last British Open at Royal St. George’s has witnessed many hard-luck stories and Thomas Bjorn, who was not even in the Open field this week until noontime of Monday, was one of them.

Now, he is way ahead of the others in the championship.

The Danish veteran was able to put his name back on top of the leaderboard in the Open after his heartbreak eight years ago, thanks to his 5-under-par 65 which was two strokes off the scoring record of the major championship.

“It’s a good start,” Bjorn said. “Obviously there’s a lot coming back here after what happened eight years ago. I just wanted to go out on the golf course and try to knuckle down, really.”

During the final round of the Open in 2003, Bjorn got a three-shot lead to the final round’s 15th tee but ended up one behind winner Ben Curtis. Unfortunately, his tee shot at the par-3 16th landed in a greenside bunker and he needed to get himself out with three swipes.

Spanish veteran Miguel Angel Jimenez may have completed 15 holes of his round but Bjorn finished two ahead of him.

One of the playing partners of Bjorn was Simon Dyson of England who got another shotback following a 68. Among the seven golfers next in line at 1-under are 1989 winner Mark Calcavecchia and World No. 1 Luke Donald.

U.S. Open champion Rory Mcllroy stood at 1-over through 11 as he bogeyed two of his three holes.

Big names in the golfing world are still waiting to tee off including Phil Mickelson, World No. 2 Lee Westwood, Masters winner Charl Schwatrzel and defending champion Louis Oosthuizen.