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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 312
excessive movement in the right hand. So I had to do something. Which was difficult because I wasn’t practising. And because I wasn’t hitting the ball that well, I was depending on holing some putts. Which wasn’t happening. So I had to find something. It just takes my hand off the grip completely. And it is better than it was.” All in all then, Bjørn was talking, looking and acting just like any other player on the European Tour. Which is what the 15-time winner is, of course. For the first time in two years, the now former Ryder Cup captain is back to what he has done for the last 25 years of his life – playing golf for a living. No more is his active mind occupied by thoughts of wild-card picks, course set-ups and potential foursome partnerships. Done and dusted. In the month or so that has passed since Bjørn’s European side gave those pesky colonials from across the Atlantic a right good seeing-to at Le Golf National, he has played in two European Tour events. A missed cut at the British Masters was followed by a lowly T-58 finish in the Andalucía Valderrama Masters. Just about what you’d expect from a man who has played so sparingly and with so many distractions over the last couple of years. Which begs the obvious question: what’s next for Thomas Bjørn? “Yeah, what is next?” he asks with a smile. “I’m not sure to be honest. I said all through my captaincy that my focus would be 100 percent on the 20 months leading to the Ryder Cup. The 12 members of the team – and those who didn’t quite make it – deserved that from me because they put so much into qualifying. Now, I want to take a bit of time to hit a few balls, play a few tournaments and just kinda see where I’m at in my head. “The best place for me to do that is out on My putting grip has changed. I ran into a quite severe case of excessive movement in the right hand. So I had to do something. -THOMAS BJØRN COVER STORY To overcome his putting woes Bjørn has implemented a new putting grip where only his left hand is on the club.
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