Thomas Bjørn (born 18 February 1971) is a professional golfer from Denmark who plays on the European Tour. He is the most successful Danish golfer to have played the game having won fifteen tournaments worldwide on the European Tour. In 1997 he also became the first Dane to qualify for a European Ryder Cup team. Bjørn is remembered for his collapse at Royal St. George's during the 2003 Open Championship, when he led by two strokes with three holes to play, but took three attempts to get out of a greenside bunker on the par three 16th, handing the tournament to Ben Curtis. He captained the winning European side at the 2018 Ryder Cup.
Bjørn with the Omega European Masters trophy in 2011
|Full name||Thomas Bjørn|
|Nickname||The Great Dane|
|Born||18 February 1971|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||88 kg (194 lb; 13.9 st)|
Oliver and Julia (twins)
|Current tour(s)||European Tour (joined 1996)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||2|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T8: 2014|
|U.S. Open||T22: 2001|
|The Open Championship||T2: 2000, 2003|
|PGA Championship||T2: 2005|
|Achievements and awards|
|Sir Henry Cotton|
Rookie of the Year
Bjørn started his career playing on the Challenge Tour from 1993 to 1995. In 1995 he won four tournaments on the Challenge Tour to earn his card for his debut year on the European Tour in 1996. Bjørn made his breakthrough immediately winning his maiden tour title in his debut season at the Loch Lomond World Invitational. He became the first golfer from Denmark to win a tournament on the European Tour. He finished the 1996 season placed tenth on the Order of Merit.
The follow up season in 1997 was steady with a number of top ten finishes without a win, however Bjørn did not have long to wait until his next win arrived. He won early in the 1998 season in Perth, Australia taking the Heineken Classic for his second European Tour title. Despite an over par final round of 74, Bjørn won by a single stroke from Ian Woosnam. In April 1998, after a five-week break from competitive golf, Bjørn won for the second time that year at the Peugeot Open de Espana after a final round 66 took him to 21 under and one stroke ahead of the chasing pack. He later said: "I didn’t really expect this after taking five weeks off, but when your confidence has gone like mine did after winning in Perth, it just shows it’s best to take a break and regroup." After his two wins he finished the year 6th on the Order of Merit.
After a winless period due to injuries and the birth of his first child, Bjørn returned to the winner's circle in October 1999 at the Sarazen World Open. This was his fourth career European Tour win and after an unspectacular year, he jumped up the standings to finish the season 14th on the Order of Merit.
He has finished in the top ten on the Order of Merit eight times with a best finish of fifth in 2000. He has come close to winning a major championship at the 2003 Open Championship when he was in the lead with 4 holes to play before a slump handed victory to Ben Curtis. At the 2005 PGA Championship, he was tied for the lead before finishing as runner-up to Phil Mickelson in a second-place tie with Steve Elkington.
Bjørn was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup teams in 1997, 2002 and 2014. He made the top 10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for one week in 2001 after a second-place finish at The Scottish Open at Loch Lomond.
Bjørn picked up his first European Tour win in four years and 10th of his career in 2010 at the Estoril Open de Portugal, winning with a score of 23-under-par, five better than Richard Green. He followed this with three more wins at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in February 2011, Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles in August 2011, winning in a five-man playoff on the fifth extra hole, birdieing the final three holes and Omega European Masters in September 2011. It was Bjørn's 13th career European Tour win.
Bjørn's last name is sometimes written Björn or Bjorn outside Denmark. The Danish (and Norwegian) letter 'ø' represents approximately the same sound as 'ö' in German and Swedish. Literally translated, his surname means bear in Danish.
Bjørn has three children, Filippa and twins Oliver and Julia with his former wife Pernilla. Bjørn currently resides in London. Perth-born air stewardess Dagmara Leniartek had a five-year affair with Bjørn. Bjørn initially cut relations with Leniartek and denied he was the father of her daughter. However, Danish media reported a DNA test had subsequently proved Bjørn was the father of the child – a girl named Isabella.
Professional wins (21)Edit
European Tour wins (15)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||22 Sep 1996||Loch Lomond World Invitational||−11 (70-68-69-70=277)||1 stroke||Jean van de Velde|
|2||1 Feb 1998||Heineken Classic||−8 (70-68-68-74=280)||1 stroke||Ian Woosnam|
|3||26 Apr 1998||Peugeot Open de Espana||−21 (68-67-66-66=267)||1 stroke||Greg Chalmers, José María Olazábal|
|4||17 Oct 1999||Sarazen World Open||−15 (66-69-70-68=273)||2 strokes||Paolo Quirici, Katsuyoshi Tomori|
|5||3 Sep 2000||BMW International Open||−20 (69-63-69-67=268)||3 strokes||Bernhard Langer|
|6||4 Mar 2001||Dubai Desert Classic||−22 (64-66-67-69=266)||2 strokes||Pádraig Harrington, Tiger Woods|
|7||1 Sep 2002||BMW International Open (2)||−24 (68-64-66-66=264)||4 strokes||John Bickerton, Bernhard Langer|
|8||15 May 2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||−6 (73-68-73-68=282)||Playoff||Brian Davis, David Howell|
|9||21 May 2006||Irish Open||−5 (78-66-67-72=283)||1 stroke||Paul Casey|
|10||13 Jun 2010||Estoril Open de Portugal||−23 (67-65-65-68=265)||5 strokes||Richard Green|
|11||6 Feb 2011||Commercialbank Qatar Masters||−14 (74-65-66-69=274)||4 strokes||Álvaro Quirós|
|12||28 Aug 2011||Johnnie Walker Championship
|−11 (68-69-71-69=277)||Playoff|| George Coetzee, Mark Foster,|
Pablo Larrazábal, Bernd Wiesberger
|13||4 Sep 2011||Omega European Masters||−20 (68-68-66-62=264)||4 strokes||Martin Kaymer|
|14||8 Sep 2013||Omega European Masters (2)||−20 (66-66-67-65=264)||Playoff||Craig Lee|
|15||8 Dec 2013
|Nedbank Golf Challenge1||−20 (67-70-66-65=268)||2 strokes||Jamie Donaldson, Sergio García|
1 Co-sanctioned by the Sunshine Tour
European Tour playoff record (3–2)
|1||2003||Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe||Pádraig Harrington||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|2||2003||Nissan Irish Open||Michael Campbell, Peter Hedblom||Campbell won with birdie on first extra hole|
|3||2005||Daily Telegraph Dunlop Masters||Brian Davis, David Howell||Won with par on second extra hole|
Davis eliminated by par on first hole
|4||2011||Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles|| George Coetzee, Mark Foster,
Pablo Larrazábal, Bernd Wiesberger
|Won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
Foster eliminated by par on fourth hole
Larrázabal eliminated by par on second hole
Wiesberger eliminated by par on first hole
|5||2013||Omega European Masters||Craig Lee||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
Sunshine Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||8 Dec 2013||Nedbank Golf Challenge1||−20 (67-70-66-65=268)||2 strokes||Jamie Donaldson, Sergio García|
1 Co-sanctioned by the European Tour
Challenge Tour wins (4)Edit
Japan Golf Tour wins (2)Edit
Results in major championshipsEdit
|The Open Championship||CUT||CUT||T9||T30|
|The Open Championship||T2||CUT||T8||T2||CUT||CUT||T41||T53|
|The Open Championship||CUT||4||T54||T73||T26||CUT|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||2||0||3||5||5||18||11|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (1999 Open Championship – 2000 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (2000 Open Championship – 2000 PGA)
Results in World Golf Championship eventsEdit
Results not in chronological order prior to 2015.
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||R32||R16||R64||R32||R64||R64|
|Cadillac Match Play Championship||R32||R64||R64||R32|
1Cancelled due to 9/11
WD = Withdrew
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
- St Andrews Trophy (representing the Continent of Europe): 1990
- Eisenhower Trophy (representing Denmark): 1992
- World Cup (representing Denmark): 1996, 1997, 2001, 2006, 2013
- Ryder Cup (representing Europe): 1997 (winners), 2002 (winners), 2014 (winners), 2018 (non-playing captain) (winners)
- "The Great Dane's Challenge Tour legacy". PGA European Tour. 16 April 2013.
- "First Danish winner on the European Tour". PGA European Tour. 22 September 1996. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- "Bjorn wins for the second time in two months". PGA European Tour. 26 April 1998. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- 69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking
- "Official World Golf Ranking – Week 28 – 2001" (PDF). 15 July 2001.
- "Bjorn to sponsor new Danish event". BBC Sport. 22 March 2005. Retrieved 6 August 2010.
- "Nedbank Challenge: Thomas Bjorn wins by two shots in Sun City". BBC Sport. 8 December 2013. Retrieved 11 December 2013.
- "Bjorn player profile". PGA European Tour. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
- Deceglie, Anthony (14 August 2010). "WA hostie and the Danish golf star". Perth Now. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- Greenslade, Nick (21 September 2014). "Mamma mia! 'Barmy' Dane is Bjorn again". The Times. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- Sundling, Anders (28 December 2015). "Thomas Bjørns talentfulde datter: Jul uden far" [Thomas Bjørns talented daughter: Christmas without father] (in Danish). Retrieved 2 January 2018.
- "Bjorn a supporter of Liverpool F.C." PGA European Tour. Retrieved 7 September 2011.