PETALING JAYA: Denmark’s top golfer Thomas Bjorn got the best possible birthday gift for himself when he shot nine birdies en route to carding a superb eight-under 64 in the second round of the Carlsberg Malaysian Open at the Saujana Golf and Country Club here yesterday.
Starting from the back nine, Bjorn, who turned 34 yesterday, had four birdies but dropped a shot on the 12th.
However, he went on to scorch the fairways with five birdies on the return journey to end up with a two-day total of 12-under 132.
Bjorn, who made some changes to his equipment this year, is now in contention for the Malaysian Open title for the first time.
He shot a four-under 68 on Thursday to finish in joint seventh position with six other golfers after the first round was officially concluded yesterday morning.
“This is a nice way to spend my birthday – shooting a 64. It is a very good round and I don’t think I can find a better birthday gift for myself,” said a delighted Bjorn, who has never played in the Malaysian Open before.
He was invited to take part in 2001 but had to withdraw after an injury.
Bjorn, who came agonisingly close to lifting the 2003 British Open, was pleased to have put up a solid performance.
“I got off to a really good start on the first two holes and just settled into the round very easily. I hit the ball really well today. I did not make any mistakes and everything was pretty much the way I wanted,” said Bjorn.
The hot weather conditions failed to deter Bjorn from losing his concentration, although the lanky Dane admitted it was “tough out there”.
On a lighter note, Bjorn said he has yet to receive any birthday wishes from his family.
“No, it is still too early in Europe. But I am sure they will be up soon and my family will be calling me.”