Bjorn wins Qatar Masters by 4 strokes

By S. BALAKRISHNAN , The Associated Press
Posted Feb. 06, 2011, at 10:23 a.m.

DOHA, Qatar — Thomas Bjorn of Denmark won the Qatar Masters on Sunday, shooting a bogey-free 3-under 69 to beat Alvaro Quiros of Spain by four shots.

Bjorn led overnight and finished at 14-under 279 to earn his first win since the Estoril Open in Portugal last year. The Dane had three birdies in the final round, including one on No. 18 to capture his 11th European Tour title.

Quiros closed within two shots of the lead with a birdie on the 14th, but faltered at the end. He bogeyed two of the final four holes, including a three-putt on 15. Rafael Cabrera-Bello of Spain and second-round leader Markus Brier of Austria finished another shot back.

World No. 2 Martin Kaymer shot a 1-under 71 to finish 2 under in a tie for 28th. He needed to finish at least second to overtake Lee Westwood for the top ranking.

The 134th-ranked Bjorn led Brier by one shot entering the final round and said it was a question of “hanging in there” on the final day.

“I played solid golf. I think I made one bogey in the last 54 holes. On this golf course and in these conditions, that’s good going,” Bjorn said, referring to the high winds on Thursday that made the course almost unplayable.

The 39-year-old Dane added that the win was made all the more special because the field included players such as Westwood, who didn’t make the cut, and seventh-ranked Steve Stricker, who finished 1 over in a tie for 45th.

“Well, the field this week was unbelievably strong, and you know, that shows where European Tour golf is at the moment,” Bjorn said. “We have got a lot of players up there in the top 10 and a lot of them played this week. You know, that gives you a few extra points.”

Quiros also finished second last year.

“I was thinking I was going to finish in the top five and if I’m going to finish second I’m lucky … ” Quiros said. “Unfortunately, I made three putts on 15, and I made a stupid bogey on 17.”

Kaymer came into the final round 10 shots off the lead, never having recovered from an opening 77.

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