Big Dane Thomas Bjorn managed to run out the winner on the final day of the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in Doha. His final round of 69 was enough for a fourteen-under total and a four-shot victory. Comfortable though the final margin might have been, the scorecard only tells half the story.Indeed, on another day of unpredictable, proper wind, Bjorn showed all the resilience and professionalism one would expect of a tour veteran in search of his eleventh victory. While many saw their fortunes see-saw dramatically at the hands of the elements, Bjorn serenely left a trail of pars in his wake.
Impressive though the prospect of a Faldo-esque round of 72 might have appeared at the day’s outset, by the time the Dane reached the fifteenth hole, a charging Alvaro Quiros had nearly erased his lead. Crunch time. Bjorn’s response was a majestic mid-iron to five feet and his first birdie of the day. Emboldened, he went on to birdie the next and the eighteenth, whereas Quiros could only balance two bogeys against two birdies.
Austrian Marcus Brier, leader for much of the second and third rounds, shared third place with Rafa Cabrera-Bello, the European Tour’s oldest-looking 26-year-old. Martin Kaymer, who burst out of the blocks with two birdies and sparked all sorts of feverish prognostication and calculation in the process, finished with a 71 for a respectable place in the top-thirty. The World Number One spot will have to wait for another week, it seems. Bjorn, for his part, re-enters the world top-sixty.