Thomas Bjorn saw off the challenges from Rory McIlroy and Martin Kaymer to win his second consecutive tournament on the European tour as he won the Omega Europea Masters in Switzerland.
The Dane won the tournament by four shots as he finished on 20-under par, with Martin Kaymer behind him on 16-under in second place and Rory McIlroy, Zaco Van Zyl and Jamie Donaldson all tying for third on 15-under.
This was Bjorn’s third win of the year, a feat only matched by world number one Luke Donald and puts him in the lead for a Ryder Cup place as the race for the 2012 team starts this week.
Bjorn was consistent all weekend but it was his final day score that was the most impressive as he shot a 62 on the Crans-Sur-Sierre golf club to seal his victory in front of the Swiss crowds.
Prior to Sunday’s round Bjorn was three shots behind Kaymer at the top of the leaderboard but thanks to his final day 62, which included 9 birdies and an eagle, while Kaymer got off to a good start with 2 eagles on the first and fifth holes but then only managed 2 more birdies for the rest of his round as Bjorn overtook him at the top.
US Open champion Rory McIlroy couldn’t quite recapture his form of the opening day when he shot a 65, his best score of the tournament.
He was still up at the top however, just one stroke behind Martin Kaymer who reclaims his spot as 3rd in golf’s world rankings after he slipped down to 5th recently.
Ireland’s Peter Lawrie finished at a respectable position, tied for 10th alongside Irish Open winner Simon Dyson after they both ended on 10-under par.
Lawrie was 5 shots ahead of the British Open champion Darren Clarke who ended his weekend with a 72 for par on the last day to lie on 5-under for the tournament.
Shane Lowry will be disappointed with his time in Switzerland after the Offaly man failed to make the cut for the weekend’s play.
World number 2 Lee Westwood ended his tournament 6 shots off the lead as he tied for 6th on 14-under par.