Born on February 18, 1971, Thomas Bjorn is considered one of the most successful golfers from Denmark. Bjorn has won a total of 13 tournaments on the tour, finishing on the top ten on the tour five times, with a career high finish of 5th place in 2000. He currently plays on the European Tour.
He played on the Challengers from 1993 to 1995 before moving on to the European Tour in 1996, where he finished tenth on the year’s Order of Merit. The Danish golfer has made some near-hits in the course of his career, starting with the 2003 Open Championship where he made the lead with four holes to play. At the US PGA championship in 2005 he also managed to tie for the lead before he was trumped by Phil Mickelson, tying with fellow second-placer Steve Elkington. After finishing in second place at the Scottish Open in Loch Mond, Bjorn entered the top 10 of the Official World Golf rankings in 2001. In 2005 and 2006 Bjorn sponsored the Thomas Bjorn Open which is an event on the Challengers. He was also elected the chairman of the European tour’s tournament committee in 2007.
Bjorn also played with the European Ryder Cup team in 1997 and in 2002. Controversy ensued in 2006 after he was left out of the team when it competed against the US, which prompted Bjorn to comment that his relationship with captain Ian Woosnam was ‘completely dead.’ He later apologized to Woosnam for the comment. After a four year slump, Bjorn made his first ET win in 2010 at the Estoril Open de Portugal, which he followed with a second victory at the Commercialbank Qatar Masters in February 2011.