Date: September 09, 2013
Author: Omnisport

Bjorn wins play-off to take European Masters title

Denmark&aposs Thomas Bjorn won the European Masters after edging Scotsman Craig Lee in a play-off in Switzerland on Sunday. Bjorn maintained his composure and produced a birdie on the first play-off hole, as he sunk a 12-foot putt at the 18th to recapture the crown he won in 2011, with Scotsman Lee only able to make par. Lee had held the overnight lead going into the final day of play at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club after carding a stunning 10-under 61 on Saturday. The world number 348 enjoyed another impressive round on Sunday, shooting a four-under 67, but was left to rue a missed birdie putt on the final hole, which allowed Bjorn to force extra holes. Both players were tied at 20 under overall after Bjorn hit six birdies in an unblemished 65. And Bjorn proved superior on the sole play-off hole, with his drive which landed in the middle of the fairway leaving him far better placed than Lee, who found the bunker. Lee did have an attempt at an ambitious birdie putt, but missed, with Bjorn sealing the tournament with an excellent effort of his own. “It was nice. I had a really good run through the summer and did not really get close enough,” Bjorn said. “I had to grit my teeth for a while and I really wanted to get out and try to win a golf tournament again. “I came in this week not playing particularly great but promised myself I&aposd stick to how I play this golf course. “I did that and had two bogeys in 72 holes, which is good going around here. I felt good and I got over the line. “It was nice to do that in a play-off. I&aposve had a hard time dealing with pressure situations and there is no more pressure than that.” France&aposs Victor Dubuisson finished at 19 under after a last-day 66, giving him third position, while Spaniard Alejandro Canizares was a further shot adrift in outright fourth. Canizares hit a four-under 67 to finish the tournament. England&aposs Ross Fisher and Spain&aposs Miguel Angel Jimenez were tied for fifth at 15 under, while France&aposs Gregory Havret and American Brooks Koepka were locked for seventh a further shot back.