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Nedbank Golf Challenge: Thomas Bjorn thrilled with 'special' victory

Last Updated: 08/12/13 6:22pm

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Thomas Bjorn: A career highlight in Sun City

Thomas Bjorn: A career highlight in Sun City

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Thomas Bjorn admitted victory in the Nedbank Challenge at Sun City ranks highly amongst his career highlights.

The veteran Dane blitzed the field on the back nine with two eagles and a birdie rendering a dropped shot at the last hole meaningless.

His 20-under par finishing total was two strokes better than Sergio Garcia and Jamie Donaldson, who he had trailed over the front nine before his eagle blitz.

"This is right up there with the best days of my career," said Bjorn.

"You never forget your first victory, and then my win against Tiger in Dubai when I went toe-to-toe with him for four days and came out top was special, but winning here in the way that I did against a field of this quality is up there.

"I knew I had to shoot something low and then see what Jamie was doing.

"It turned out that it was Sergio and every time I saw a leaderboard he was making birdies. I am very proud of the way I played today - it's a very special day in my career.

My day

"It's not often you make two eagles on the back nine on a Sunday when you are in contention and it was just one of those days when it was my day.

"The five-iron I hit into the 10th was the shot of the week, and then I got a bit of luck on 14 because the ball pitched in the bunker and made it to the green but I still had to hole the putt and those are the little breaks you need to win golf tournaments."

Garcia was delighted with his week's business in South Africa despite coming up short as Bjorn stole the show.

"It was a great week and a great final round but in the end I just couldn't catch Thomas," Garcia said.

"It was one of those days when I was making loads of birdies but he just kept matching me. I couldn't have done much more and you have to congratulate Thomas on a great victory."

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