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US PGA Championship: Thomas Bjorn recounts three Major setbacks

Great Dane: Thomas Bjornare
Great Dane: Thomas Bjornare

By Phil Casey

The last time Baltusrol staged the US PGA Championship in 2005, Thomas Bjorn equalled the lowest score in major championship history on his way to finishing second.

But anyone asking the 45-year-old Dane to recount the details of that brilliant achievement ahead of the tournament's return to the New Jersey venue this week will be in for some serious disappointment.

"It's funny," Bjorn said. "I read the other week it was going back to Baltusrol and I hadn't really thought about it. Then I started thinking about that 63 and I remember nothing!

"I remember nothing from the round because all my memories are about Sunday and going into Monday and playing a few holes after a weather delay."

Phil Mickelson eventually won to condemn Bjorn to a third runners up finish in the majors.

The first of those saw Bjorn a distant eight shots behind Woods in the Open at St Andrews, but three years later the Dane famously led with four holes to play at Sandwich but then went bogey, double bogey, bogey and lost by one to Ben Curtis.

"It wasn't to be at Baltusrol but it was a big moment for me," the world number 319 added. "It's such a great course and it's a shame I'm not there this year."

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