Rewind: Omega European Masters 2013

Tue 26 Aug 2014

Rewind: Omega European Masters 2013

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August 26: With the Omega European Masters set to launch the second half of the 2014 Asian Tour season next week, we take a look back at the iconic Swiss showpiece where Denmark's Thomas Bjorn reigned as the King of the Mountains last year.
BJORN REIGNS AS KING OF THE MOUNTAINS 
It’s one of the most iconic places in the world that one can never get enough of.
Like many of its visitors yearning to return each year, Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn was no different, except he was also on a duo mission.
A play-off win over Scotland’s Craig Lee was the perfect tonic for Bjorn to get over a recent poor run of form after he holed a 12-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win the Omega European Masters.
Having won the Swiss showpiece in 2011, the big Dane ensured he would leave the Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club with more lasting memories when he was crowned King of the Mountains for the second time in three years.
“I came into this not feeling particularly great about my golf. I played pretty poorly over the last couple of weeks, but I’ve got a long standing love relationship with this course. I’ve finished runner up here twice and now won twice,” said Bjorn.
“It is a golf course that suits me. I came in and I knew the one good thing about my game was my wedge game and you needed that this week. I just stuck to everything I had and I never really let myself down this week. I had that bit between my teeth that made me go that little bit extra,” added Bjorn.
It was also a case of experience over form for Bjorn as he needed to fend off the determined challenge from Lee, who fired himself into a two shot overnight lead with a scintillating 10-under-par 61 on Saturday.
“It was a lot down to experience today, especially in knowing that it was going all the way to the end on this course. It was nice to win in a playoff. I’ve had a hard time dealing with pressure situations and there is no more pressure than that,” said Bjorn.
A third round 61 was probably the best consolation for Lee as he could have won the tournament outright at the 18th with a birdie.
But alas, luck was not on his side as he watched in disbelief when his ball flirted with the edge of the hole but never dropped.
“The putter was pretty cold the first nine but nobody was running away from it. Thomas made a charge but didn’t capitalise on the two par fives.  That let me back in and I dug deep and managed to birdie the two par fives myself and gave myself a chance coming down the last and just lipped out on the last,” said Lee.
Thailand’s Thongchai Jaidee underlined his credentials as one of Asia’s best players when he posted his week’s best score of 65 on the final day to emerged as the best-placed Asian
“I played really well today and I only made one mistake on the 16th but other than that, it was a good comeback for me. I holed a couple of long putts today and that gave me lots of confidence,” said Thongchai.
The Omega European Masters is the only tournament on European soil to be jointly sanctioned by the Asian Tour and European Tour since 2009.
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