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Defending champion Thomas Bjorn goes into the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles on Thursday with one eye on the Ryder Cup.
Bjorn is one of the European Ryder Cup vice captains, and the Walker Championship ends the race for the 10 automatic spots on the team. Bjorn has been busy tracking the progress of the team, which will play next month against the United States at Medinah in Illinois.
So far, Bjorn likes what he's seen, particularly the back-to-back success of winners Rory McIlroy and Sergio Garcia. Jose Maria Olazabal will add two captain's picks for the Ryder Cup matches.
''It has been a couple of important weeks,'' Bjorn said. ''When they play the way they have done, it leaves a little bit less room for our guys. So Kiawah (McIllroy's wins) was very important, and Sergio's win last week was also very important.
''It just gives a boost to the whole European team. Five weeks away is the perfect timing for all of them to...
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Defending champion Thomas Bjorn goes into the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles starting on Thursday with one eye on an even bigger prize.
Named as one of the European Ryder Cup vice captains, Bjorn has been busy tracking the progress of the team to play at Medinah next month. And so far he has liked what he has seen, particularly the back-to-back success in the past two...
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Johnnie Walker Scores Leading scores Thursday in the Johnnie Walker Championship, played at the par-72, 7,266-yard PGA Centenary Course:
First Round Brett Rumford, Australia 32-36-67
Knut Borsheim, Norway 34-33-67
Thorbjorn Olesen, Denmark 34-34-68
Paul Lawrie, Scotland 35-33-68
Mark Foster, England 34-34-68
Francesco Molinari, Italy 34-34-68
Maarten Lafeber, Netherlands 34...