Bjerregaard Draws Inspiration From Ryder Cup Visit To Deny Versailles Hero Pair Dunhill Links Win.

Old Course, St. Andrews ….

Dane Lucas Bjerregaard admitted he drew inspiration from a visit last week to the European Ryder Cup team room to deny the Versailles winning duo of Tyrrell Hatton and Tommy Fleetwood victory in the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship here at the Old Course in St. Andrews.

Bjerregaard, who had shared the lead on day two, came from four shots behind Hatton, and despite a bogey at his last, to finish a shot clear of the Englishman with a closing 67 and capture a second Tour title at 15-under par.

Hatton and Fleetwood (67) shared second place on 14-under par.

Hatton let slip becoming the first player since Tiger Woods (2005 – 2007) to win three European Tour events in succession when he bogeyed the 15th and 16th hole, and this is after Hatton got off to a flyer with four birdies in succession from the third hole.

And Bjerregaard admitted afterwards he drew inspiration from being present last week in the European Ryder team room thanks to captain and mentor, Thomas Bjorn.

“I first met Thomas in 1997 when he played in his first Ryder Cup and he was kind enough to invite to the Saturday of last week’s Ryder Cup, so I went,” said Bjerregaard.

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“He showed me around and while it was a busy week for him, I was in the team room and the locker room and I would be lie if I said I wasn’t inspired going home from there.

“I was delighted for Thomas and the team.  It’s been amazing to see all the work that goes behind the Ryder Cup and being close to him, it’s been amazing to see how much work he put into it.

“For him and with the team winning in the way they did, I was just so delighted for him.

“I just hope he’s enjoying some down time now.

“So, yes I was definitely inspired, and I definitely want to make the team some day.”

Thomas Bjorn and Lucas Bjerregaard

The forecast of 60kph plus winds saw the final- round bizarrely play in a ‘shotgun’ format and usually reserved for Wednesday pro-ams, and to the credit of organisers the round was completed and Bjerregaard handed the trophy just after 2pm.

It was only a third occasion in recent times such a format had been in place at a European Tour event including playing the final two rounds of the 2015 Portugal Masters using a ‘shotgun’ start.

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