Saturday is Moving Day, but Thomas Bjorn left it quite late to really start motoring at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters. Four birdies in the last five holes proved just enough for the big Dane to pull one ahead of overnight leader Marcus Brier. He’ll enter the final round with a one-shot lead and the prospect of securing his biggest victory in nearly five years (even longer if you don’t think the Irish Open’s up to much).
Bjorn has always been one of the European Tour’s most enigmatic talents. Profoundly gifted, there were times around the turn of the century when he seemed like Europe’s best hope for a major victory; he even produced one of the iconic European tour performances when he outduelled an otherworldly Tiger Woods in Dubai.
His best chance for genuine glory came, as many of you will no doubt recall, at Royal St. George’s in 2003, but a catastrophic lapse in concentration saw that Open Championship go the way of a young Ben Curtis. It was a nightmarish public humiliation from which his game seemed to never quite recover. Momentary flashes of excellence aside, at the 2005 USPGA or 2004 CA Championship, the swagger never quite returned.
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Last year’s scandal hasn’t really helped things in golfing terms, either. Here’s hoping that tomorrow brings The Bear a reward more valuable than a mere slice of financial security.
In non-Danish news, Martin Kaymer has clawed his way into the top-thirty, raising the (incredibly) feint spectre of a shift at the summit of the world rankings.