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Denmark's Thomas Bjorn cruises to Portuguese Open win

Final leaderboard:
-23 T Bjorn (Den) -18 R Green (Aus) -16 M Haarstrup (Den) -14 R Rock (Eng) -13 D McGrane (Ire) -12 D Clarke (NIre), R Coles (Eng)

Thomas Bjorn
Bjorn played consistently excellent golf all week

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn shot a closing round of 68 to cruise to victory by five shots in the Portuguese Open.

Bjorn finished on 23 under in Estoril to see off the challenge of his playing partner Richard Green of Australia.

Green had started the day three shots behind Bjorn and was one behind with six holes to play, but then faded away.

For Bjorn, 39, this was a first victory on the European Tour since 2006. The best UK finisher was England's Robert Rock, who was fourth on 14 under.

The finest round of the day came from Darren Clarke, who moved 20 places up the leaderboard with a 66, leaving him tied for sixth on 12 under.

Strong breezes made Bjorn work for the £140,000 first prize and his 10th European Tour title in all.

The hugely experienced player scrambled valiantly over the front nine as the wind increased speed, holing par-saving putts of 12, nine and seven feet to keep his three-shot lead up to the turn.


A missed birdie putt of only 15 inches by Bjorn on the long 12th could have proved costly as Green moved within just a stroke of him with five holes to play.

However, two-shot swings on the 14th and 15th finally ended Bjorn's barren spell as he birdied both holes to Green's bogeys.

Bjorn's splendid approach to birdie the final hole capped what had been an excellent week, featuring two rounds of 65 on Friday and Saturday.

He said afterwards: "It feels it has been a long time in coming, but I have to be pleased. When I saw the weather conditions I thought if shot somewhere in the 60s I would be difficult to beat and I produced a 68.

"Richard would not go away through the first nine holes but 14th and 15th holes where I made birdies turned it around for me. I made some great shots at the right time."

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ESPN Star Bjorn eases to Estoril title - 14 hrs ago
Irish Independent Clarke finds spring in step as McGrane counts cost of sloppy finish - 19 hrs ago : Bjorn eases to Estoril crown - 23 hrs ago
Yorkshire Post Bjorn holds his nerve and sees off Green to end four-year title wait - 25 hrs ago
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