The Omega European Masters finished at Crans-sur-Sierre in Switzerland on Sunday, with 42-year-old Dane Thomas Bjorn emerging victorious on the first playoff hole.
Bjorn, who had not won a title since claiming the European Masters in 2011, enjoyed a fine closing-round 65 to draw level with overnight leader Craig Lee at 20 under par after 72 holes.
In the playoff, Lee found a fairway bunker, and while his escape shot left a birdie opportunity, his attempt rolled past the pin to allow Bjorn to putt for glory.
Also among the top 10 at the event were Ross Fisher and Miguel Angel Jimenez, both earning valuable ranking points in the Race to Dubai.
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A full leaderboard can be found on the official European Tour website.
Most of the post-tournament attention will rightfully focus on the return to winning form of Bjorn, a three-time runner-up in major championships.
Bjorn had played 47 events since his last title and is delighted with his timely return to form, as the race heats up for a place in the team for the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.
Per the Telegraph, the Dane said post-round:
It was nice to do it in a play-off. I have had a hard time in pressure situations and there is no more pressure than that.
I’ve had to grit my teeth for a while and I really wanted to get out and try to win a golf tournament again. I came in this week not playing particularly great, but promised myself I would stick to how I play this golf course.
For Lee, though, there will be great disappointment at the failure to secure a first European Tour title, having struck a Tour record 10-under-par 61 in Saturday's third round, per BBC Sport.
A more tempered round of 67 on Sunday, though, saw Bjorn catch the Scot, who was unable to birdie the last to seal the title.
In the long run, Lee should see his confidence boosted following his fine showing. However, he will feel an initial sense of great disappointment.
Another player who will be far from content with his performance on Sunday is Fisher, who dropped shots on the 11th and 16th to finish five shots off the lead.
Its great to see Thomas Bjorn back in the winning circle, Omega European Masters champion, also back in the top 50 in the world.— Mark Gregson Walters (@markgw1) September 8, 2013
After an eagle at the first, it appeared the Englishman might challenge for his first title of what has been a disappointing year. However, it was not to be, as the back nine took its toll on his promising card.
For Jimenez, however, it was a different story, with three birdies in the final four holes drawing him level with Fisher to claim just over €85,000 in prize money for a fifth-place finish, per the European Tour.
The Spaniard now lies 21st in the Race to Dubai, having enjoyed an impressive 2013 season to date that included a good showing at The Open earlier this summer and a tied-for-fourth-place finish at the Bridgestone Invitational at the Firestone Country Club.