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Bjorn Cruises To BMW Victory

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Thomas Bjorn finally captured the victory his superb season so deserved. The Dane fired a final-round 67 to win the BMW International Open by three shots over local favorite Bernhard Langer.
 
2000 has been a banner year for Bjorn. With a pair of top-3 finishes in the British Open and PGA Championship, Bjorn has established himself as one of the world's - not just Europe's - best players.
 
Still, his year lacked a win. Until now.
 
Bjorn entered the final round in Munich, Germany tied with Carl Suneson at 15-under-par. Suneson, the 1999 Challenge Tour winner, carded a steady round of 1-under-par 71, but it wasn't enough to earn the naturalized Spaniard his first European Tour victory.
 
Bjorn posted six birdies to just one bogey to hold off Langer, who was in search of his 11th title in his native Germany, and his first BMW International Open.
 
Langer made an early run at his fellow Ryder Cup player by birdying the 5th, then eagling the par-5 6th. But back to back birdies by Bjorn at the 14th and 15th combined with a Langer bogey at the 16th ended any chances the 43-year-old German had of collecting his first victory since 1997.
 
'It seemed like so many other years - there's always somebody who plays a little bit better than I did,' said Langer, who shot 67 on Sunday. 'I played well and put some heat on him but every time I made a birdie or an eagle, he seemed to do the same thing.'
 
Bjorn's 20-under-par performance earned him his fifth career Tour title. The $225,725 first-place check moved him into fourth place on the 2000 Order of Merit.
 
'I feel my golf has gone to another level and I wanted to win, which is what was missing this season,' said Bjorn. 'I am still a long way behind Lee Westwood in the Volvo Order of Merit, but I am definitely back in the race. I hope at the end of the season I am holding the Order of Merit trophy.'
 
Bjorn currently trails Westwood by $465,035.