Bjorn again in form as he makes Masters move

Fri Apr 11, 2014 3:34pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

AUGUSTA, Georgia (Reuters) - Thomas Bjorn has been playing some of the best golf of his life over the past eight months and he made that count on Friday as he charged up the leaderboard with a scintillating finish at the Masters.

The 43-year-old Dane birdied four of the last five holes to shoot a four-under-par 68 in the second round, despite tricky scoring conditions at Augusta National on a firming layout in swirling winds.

Bjorn, who earned the biggest cheque of his career by winning his 15th European Tour title at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in South Africa in December, rated his round as one of his best in 11 Masters appearances.

"It was a good one, it's right up there," a smiling Bjorn told reporters after mixing eight birdies with four bogeys to storm into contention with a three-under total of 141.

"It's a tricky golf course. You can try and do the right thing, but if you're not quite on, it becomes extremely difficult out here.

"Today I tried to do the right things and I executed well. I felt comfortable on the golf course and that's always a sign that you've got a good idea of where your golf swing is and how you're hitting the ball."

Bjorn, whose best Masters finish in his previous 10 starts was a tie for 18th in 2002, was especially pleased with the way he responded from a three-putt par at the long 13th where he had reached the green in two.

"I hit two great shots on 13 and walked away with a five," he said. "So I felt like I had to be a little bit more aggressive in my golf and I took on the shots on 14 and 16 and they paid off."   Continued...

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn reacts after his tee shot on the fourth hole during the second round of the Masters golf tournament at the Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Georgia April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Jim Young