Date of Birth:18th February 1971Country:Denmark

Thomas Bjorn

In a career which has seen him pioneer Danish golfing prowess on the PGA European Tour – becoming the first player from that country to reach the top-10 in the official world rankings, the first to play on the Ryder Cup, and also the first Dane to be elected chairman of the European Tour’s tournament players’ committee – Thomas Bjorn is entitled to have a soft spot for Ireland: he won the Irish Open in 2006, when it was staged at Carton House. Bjorn’s Irish Open victory was the ninth career win on the European Tour. He was voted Henry Cotton ‘rookie of the year’ in 1996 (edging out Pádraig Harrington for the honour) and has played on two winning Ryder Cup teams, in 1997 and 2002. he has come up agonisingly short on two occasions in majors, finishing runner-up to Ben Curtis in the 2003 British Open and losing out by a shot to Phil Mickelson in the 2005 US PGA . . . . lists movies and soccer as his favoured off-course interests, including sharing a love of Liverpool F.C. with his good friend Darren Clarke.