Thomas Bjorn wins European Masters title in Switzerland

Thomas Bjorn
Bjorn won a five-man play-off at Gleneagles last week

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn clinched back-to-back titles with victory at the European Masters in Switzerland.

The 40-year-old two-time Ryder Cup star, who won last week's event at Gleneagles, shot a final-round 62 to win by four shots at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Germany's Martin Kaymer was second on 16 under with Rory McIlroy, Jamie Donaldson and Jaco van Zyl tied third one shot further back.

England's world number two Lee Westwood finished tied for sixth on 14 under.

Bjorn arrived in Switzerland in good form having triumphed in a five-man play-off at the Johnnie Walker Championship in Scotland.

Beginning the day three shots behind overnight leader Jamie Donaldson, the Danish veteran started slowly, sinking pars in the first three holes before a bogey on the fourth.

But he followed that up with four straight birdies and added another at the 11th to race ahead.

A second bogey came on the 12th, but he sank a 12-foot putt for eagle at the par-five 15th and then nailed two eight-foot putts in the closing par fours to ease to his third victory of the season.

"The way I finished was special and it's been an amazing two weeks," said Bjorn, who also won in Qatar in February.

"I started hitting my wedges so well last week and kept it going.

"At the end you think nothing can go wrong. Golf seems easy sometimes and you have to remember that when you are not playing well."

Bjorn has now won 13 times on the European Tour stretching back to 1996, but he has had a somewhat rollercoaster career, admitting "fighting demons" after he lost the 2003 Open from three ahead with four to play.

He went through another low earlier this year following the death of his father, but after also finishing fourth at the Open he is now back in the world's top 30.

The European Masters was the first qualifying event for next year's Ryder Cup, so Bjorn, who played on the European team in 1997 and 2002, leads the standings.

The Dane, who is chairman of the Tour's players' committee, has since served as an assistant to Bernhard Langer in 2004 and Colin Montgomerie at Celtic Manor last year.

However, when asked if it was possible for him to return to the team to play in Chicago in September 2012, he said: "There's a long, long way to go and with the talent we have, it's going to take a few more of these weeks."

World number six McIlroy, who had a share of the lead after the second round, started the final day two off the lead.

The US Open champion birdied the first two holes to move into a share of the lead, but his putter let him down thereafter and he faded to finish five shots off Bjorn.

The Northern Irishman, who was playing for the first time since injuring his arm against a tree root at the US PGA Championship, said: "It was a bittersweet week.

"Coming back off the injury I didn't know what to expect. To get myself into contention was great and the arm felt 100% healthy, which is a huge positive."

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