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Björn Gets His Fix On Tour

DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA | “Are you an addict?” was an obvious question for Thomas Björn. The winner of the recent Nedbank Golf Challenge answered with an unashamed and emphatic, “Yes.” The 42-year-old Dane was talking about his ongoing passion for the tournament game. “I get on a plane and I love to go out there to play and compete,” he said. “The competing is what inspires me. I wake up every morning with pains and aches that could put a stop to my career any day, so why not make the most of the moment that I’m in?” Like any addict, Björn knows a thing or two about withdrawal symptoms. When he goes home after a tournament, he switches off automatically for the first three or four days and revels in being with his family. Then – and heaven knows how he dares to admit it – he gets restless. “It is in moments when I’m on my own that my thoughts fly back to golf,” he explained. “I could be thinking about anything from how I’m going to prepare for the majors to how I might tackle a certain hole at Hoylake.” And, of course, to whether he will make this year’s Ryder Cup for which he is currently lying second on both the World and European points lists. To date, he has played on two winning European teams, the last of them 12 years ago. That his passion for the game has not stamped out his ability to switch off, even if it is only for short bursts, is something he sees as a blessing. His opening 79 in last week’s Volvo Golf Champions was hardly what he would have wished for himself but, typically, he refused to let it ruin his evening.


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