Thomas Bjorn wins Omega Masters after play-off

Dane saw off Scotland’s Craig Lee after pair were locked on 20 under at Crans-sur-Sierre

 Thomas Bjorn of Denmark won the  Omega European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans, Switzerland. Photograph:  Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Thomas Bjorn of Denmark won the Omega European Masters at the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Crans, Switzerland. Photograph: Richard Heathcote/Getty Images


Thomas Bjorn denied Scotsman Craig Lee a first European Tour title when he capped a superb final day with victory on the first play-off hole in the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.

Following a delay because of fog which would later hold up the golfers on the closing few holes, Bjorn — whose last Tour victory came in the Switzerland tournament two years ago — began with a birdie on the par-five first.

The Dane picked up three more ahead of a two on the par-three ninth, which saw him leapfrog overnight leader Lee to head into the turn at 19 under with a two-stroke advantage.

However, Lee — who had held a two-shot cushion after carding a stunning 61 on Saturday — fought back with birdies at 12, 14 and the 15th.

As the conditions again turned, with a further delay for the final group approaching the 18th, Lee was agonisingly close to sinking a birdie for the championship, which would be decided on a play-off as both men finished the regulation 72 holes locked at 20-under-par.

Lee, the 36-year-old from Stirling, recovered after a poor tee shot at the first extra hole to make par. However, that presented an opportunity for Bjorn, which the experienced Dane rolled in from 12 feet at the first time of asking.

Bjorn’s victory was reward for the 42-year-old’s consistency throughout the competition, with just two bogeys in his final card of 264.

“It was nice,” Bjorn said to “I had a really good run through the summer and did not really get close enough.

“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 would 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.”

Bjorn added: “It was nice to do that in a play-off. I have had a hard time dealing with pressure situations and there is no more pressure than that.”

Gareth Maybin was best of the Irish on seven under after a flawless three-under-par 68.

Pádraig Harrington shot 40 on his back nine on the way to a two-over-par 73, that saw him drop back to four under, while Michael Hoey finished two under thanks to a 67 that included six birdies.

Frenchman Victor Dubuisson saw his challenge hit by two costly bogeys at the start of the back nine, and had to be content with third place just a shot adrift of forcing a three-man play-off.

Spain’s Alejandro Canizares — who had opened the day with an eagle three — was fourth on 18-under.

There was also a frustrating end to the day for England’s Ross Fisher, who after an eagle on the first, dropped shots on 11 and 16 to finish in a tie with Miguel Angel Jimenez, whose three birdies over the closing four holes brought the veteran Spaniard to 15 under.

France’s Gregory Havret shot the best round of the day, with nine birdies as he finished with an eight-under 63 and tied seventh.

Sign In

Forgot Password?

Sign Up

The name that will appear beside your comments.

Have an account? Sign In

Forgot Password?

Please enter your email address so we can send you a link to reset your password.

Sign In or Sign Up

Thank you

You should receive instructions for resetting your password. When you have reset your password, you can Sign In.

Hello, .

Please choose a screen name. This name will appear beside any comments you post. Your screen name should follow the standards set out in our community standards.

Thank you for registering. Please check your email to verify your account.

Your Comments
We reserve the right to remove any content at any time from this Community, including without limitation if it violates the Community Standards. We ask that you report content that you in good faith believe violates the above rules by clicking the Flag link next to the offending comment or by filling out this form. New comments are only accepted for 3 days from the date of publication.