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Bjorn Holds His Nerve At Gleneagles

Dane wins five man Johnnie Walker playoff

Posted Aug 30, 2011 by Chris White

Thomas Bjorn won his 12th European Tour title

Going down the 18th, England’s Mark Foster had a one-stroke lead and the chance to clinch the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles. However, in what is becoming true British fashion, Foster found himself in a five-man playoff for the title.

Foster bogeyed the final hole, sending him into the extra holes with Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn, Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, Bernd Wiesberger of Austria and South African George Coetzee.

On the fifth extra hole, it was 40-year old Bjorn who held his nerve to win the title, having already seen Wiesberger and Larrazabal fall at the first and second hurdles respectively. Foster had a second chance to win the title but left a 20-foot putt short.

With just Bjorn, Foster and Coetzee left fighting it out, it was the man from Worksop in Nottinghamshire who fell out of the running next, bogeying the fourth extra hole with Bjorn and Coetzee making birdies.

But it was Bjorn who came off the fifth extra hole with the championship, adding it to the Qatar Masters title he won earlier in the year.

The Dane told the press “when you set out in a playoff with five guys, you’re almost a little too relaxed because it takes a lot for it to go your way. But as more and more fell it became very hard. I’m very proud of the way I played the last three playoff holes.”

The win takes Bjorn’s career European Tour titles to 12, having been the joint-leader of the Open back in July.

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