16 Things You Didn’t Know About Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn becomes the first Scandinavian Ryder Cup captain this year at Le Golf National

Things You Didn't Know About Thomas Bjorn
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Get to know the 2018 European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn

16 Things You Didn't Know About Thomas Bjorn

Thomas Bjorn captains the European Ryder Cup team at Le Golf National and becomes the first Scandinavian to do so.

Bjorn, the greatest Danish golfer of all time, has won 15 times on the European Tour and has made three Ryder Cup appearances.

Get to know the Dane a little better with these 16 things...

16 Things You Didn't Know About Thomas Bjorn:

1. He was born in Silkeborg, Denmark.

2. He lives in London and also has homes in Silkeborg and Gothenburg.

3. He is a huge Liverpool fan.

4. He started playing golf aged 6.

5. He used to chip golf balls into a birdbath in his back garden as a child and that birdbath now sits proudly at his home club Silkeborg Golf Club.

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6. He has won over €20m on the European Tour.

7. He turned pro in 1993 off scratch.

8. He won four tournaments on the Challenge Tour in 1995 to earn his European Tour card.

9. He went on to win the 1996 European Tour Rookie of the Year award.

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10. Became the first Danish golfer to play in the Ryder Cup in 1997.

11. Known as 'The Great Dane'.

12. Finished T2nd at the 2003 Open at Royal St George's after infamously taking three out of a bunker on the par-3 16th in the final round to make a double bogey.

13. He was elected Chairman of the European Tour Tournament Committee in 2007 and held the position until 2016.

14. His older brother Soren was also a good player and the pair once represented Denmark together in the Eisenhower Trophy.

15. He is good friends with fellow Dane Thorbjorn Olesen.

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16. His favourite courses are the Emirates Golf Club in Dubai and Loch Lomond in Scotland.

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Elliott Heath
Elliott Heath

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


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