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Thomas Bjorn to sponsor Danish Challenge Tour event

Thomas Bjorn, the first golfer from Denmark to play in the Ryder Cup, will bankroll a new tournament in his home country on this year's European Challenge Tour.

The Thomas Bjorn Open will take place at the Esbjerg Golfklub in Esbjerg from June 9 to 12, the European Tour said on Tuesday.

"I have decided to become involved in the tournament as the Challenge Tour has a huge influence on the development of professional golf in Denmark," Bjorn said in a statement.

"The Challenge Tour gave me many great experiences and challenges in the beginning of my career," added the 34-year-old Dane, who won four titles on his way to winning the Challenge Tour order of merit in 1995.

"I am therefore pleased to be able to give back to the Challenge Tour and to the Danish players on the tour."

Bjorn, a seven-times winner on the main European Tour, held off the challenge of playing partner Tiger Woods, then world number one, to win the 2001 Dubai Desert Classic.


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