Bjorn back to lay Open ghost

DANISH veteran Thomas Bjorn has been given a place in the upcoming Open Championship at Sandwich.

Bjorn, who blew a three-shot lead with four holes to play at the same course in 2003, was a first reserve for the tournament. The former Ryder Cup star was handed a place in the field when Vijay Singh was forced to withdraw through injury.

Bjorn said: “I’m just delighted. You don’t want to see players pull out, but since Sandwich I have missed some Opens and it makes you realise how much you want to play in them.

“The year after what happened here was difficult, but these are the events you want to be playing in. When I think back I just count myself lucky that I got myself in a position where I had a chance to win. Loads of people don’t get that chance.”

The world number 80 is best remembered for taking three in a greenside bunker at the short 16th when victory was within sight.

He will play it again for the first time in practice today and said: “When I get there I won’t think ‘this is a horror hole’ – it’s a good hole.”