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Thomas Bjorn undergoing tests in hospital

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn is still recovering in a San Francisco hospital from the viral infection that forced his withdrawal from last week's WGC-American Express Championship, his management company said on Tuesday.

The 34-year-old Dane, who pulled out before Sunday's final round at San Francisco's Harding Park Golf Course, is expected to make his European Tour return at the season-ending Volvo Masters in Spain later this month.

"Thomas is still in hospital having tests," said a spokeswoman for the International Management Group (IMG). "Some of the tests have already come back saying negative, which is good news.

"We are now waiting to find out when he can leave and come home to get some rest and recuperation.

"Although the viral infection was serious enough to get him into hospital, he seems to be more or less fine now. The viral infection could be the same problem he had in the UK during the Seve Trophy."

Bjorn, who has represented Europe on two triumphant Ryder Cup teams, suffered from influenza while playing for Continental Europe against Britain and Ireland at last month's Seve Trophy in County Durham, England.

He spent three days in hospital after his team were beaten by 16-1/2 points to 11-1/2 before deciding to make the trip to California for the third WGC (World Golf Championships) event of the year.

Bjorn, who came close to winning his first major at the U.S. PGA Championship in August before finishing a stroke behind winner Phil Mickelson, will almost certainly end his 2005 European Tour campaign at Valderrama from October 27 to 30.

"He had entered next week's Mallorca Classic but he certainly hasn't confirmed it on his playing schedule," said the IMG spokeswoman.

"It now looks as if his chances of playing in Mallorca are unlikely and that his final event on the 2005 European Tour will be the Volvo Masters."

October 12, 2005

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