SAINT-QUENTIN-EN-YVELINES, France – After captaining the Europeans to a decisive victory at the Ryder Cup, it seems Thomas Bjorn’s next stop could be a Parisian tattoo parlor.
The Dane has been largely stone-faced this week at Le Golf National, but even he cracked a grin when some of his players leaked during the celebratory news conference that their leader had agreed to get a tattoo of the final score in the event the Euros came out on top.
“The worst decision I made all week,” Bjorn said.
Alex Noren holed a 50-foot putt on the final hole to turn a likely draw with Bryson DeChambeau into a full point for the Europeans in the day’s final match. It took the final tally to 17 ½ to 10 ½, and it also ensured that Bjorn’s ink will now have to take up a bit more real estate than a 17-11 margin would have.
“We had some extra motivation this week to make sure we put our hands back on that trophy, as little or as big as that number is going to be,” said Ian Poulter. “It will be a very interesting number to see.”
“We still have to work in the initials of the players,” added Sergio Garcia.
Bjorn’s players joked that the hairline-challenged captain should have to put the tattoo somewhere on his head, but it appears that the new addition will go somewhere below the belt line after Bjorn is done savoring one of the crowning achievements of his career.
“Let me put it this way. It’s going to go on a part that only (girlfriend) Grace will see,” Bjorn said. “I might have to send them a picture, but then you’ll all see it as well, I guess.”