Bjorn Looks for Two in a Row in Qatar


Thomas Bjorn will make the journey this week to Qatar's Doha Golf Club, in search of his second win in as many weeks on the European Tour. Of course, should the 30-year-old Dane claim victory again this week, it will be hard pressed to be any better than that of his latest triumph.
Bjorn churned waves of a most serious nature in last week's Dubai Desert Classic, when he beat World No. 1 Tiger Woods in a barn-burner that came down to the last hole of competition.
Claiming it was 'one of the best experiences' of his life, Bjorn's World Golf Ranking has since moved up four notches to No. 14, and he has now made three consecutive top-10 finishes on this year's European Tour.
He is not the only hot golfer who will be present at Doha this week, however.
Mark McNulty - the hottest player from the South African ranks - will be in action, as will younger countryman Hennie Otto. Likewise, Peter Lonard, winner of the recent ANZ Players Championship, will be teeing it up.
Ian Woosnam - who finished in a tie for fourth in his inaugural start last week for the 2001 season - is also scheduled to play.
Woosie caused a stir at this event in Doha last year, when he posted a final round 68 to finish as only one of two men to complete 72 holes under par.
Yet, at 3-under for the tournament, Woosnam was a full five shots off of the winner Rolf Muntz's pace. Muntz played the difficult course in 8-under for four rounds, and in the process, became the first Dutch golfer to win an event on the European Tour.
He did not do too well for the remainder of the 2000 season, however, missing a slough of consecutive cuts. But he did manage to record one good finish in a tie for third at the Murphy's Irish Open.
So far in 2001, Muntz has yet to crack the top-10 in the six events he has played. His best finish has come by way of a T14 at the season-opening Johnnie Walker Classic.
Yet, the 30-year-old will be on hand to defend his one-and-only title on the European Tour, and compete for the nearly $750,000 total purse up for grabs.