What a difference a week can make in professional golf. Forty-Three year-old Thomas Bjorn missed the cut at last week’s Open de Espana, and comes to Virginia Water and sets a new course record at the newly designed West Course at The Wentworth Club. Bjorn fired a -10 under par 62 in the first round of the European Tour’s Flagship event at the BMW PGA Championship.
With 33 players still on the course, Thomas Bjorn signed for the 62 on Thursday afternoon just ahead of the horn that would suspend play for lightning in the area. He was able to get into the clubhouse with a two-shot lead over Stephen Gallacher, and three shots over Spaniard, Raphael Cabrera-Bello.
“I was signing my scorecard when the siren went and Stephen Gallacher looked at me and says, ‘You’re not having a very bad day, are you?’” Björn said. “We could kind of feel there was something going on in the weather, so it was nice to get in.”
Bjorn, who is from Denmark, is a former resident at The Wentworth Club, and shot the best round of his career on Thursday. Bjorn has had 16 appearances in this tournament that has a 60-year history, and has only had one top-ten finish in 1998. He won the 2011 European Masters the last time he carded a 62 on the European Tour.
“I don’t really know where to start. Last week was awful and I was starting to feel a little frustrated with things. Practice this week I was not good either.
Thomas Bjorn is from Silkenborg, Denmark, and currently makes his home in Gothenburg, Sweden(the home of Henrik Stenson). He turned pro in 1993, and has won 15 European Tour championships. He has never won on the PGA Tour, and his best finishes in the majors was a T2 at 2000 and 2003 Open Championship, and the 2005 PGA Championship.
Bjorn is already set to qualify for his first Ryder Cup since 2002.
Weather continues to be a factor at the BMW PGA Championship, but this is England, and the weather is always a problem that the European Tour players are accustomed to dealing with. I don’t see it putting a damper on one of the European Tour’s best tournaments of the year.