Bjorn cruises to Qatar Masters title

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West Bay, Doha, Qatar - Thomas Bjorn parred the first 14 holes in windy conditions Sunday, then caught fire down the stretch to cruise to a four-stroke win at the Qatar Masters.

Bjorn, who closed with a three-under 69, finished his 11th European Tour title at 14-under-par 274. He has now won seven of the 15 times in which he owned at least a share of the 54-hole lead.

"I tend to say that golf doesn't give you too much back, so when you get it like this, you've got to be happy because this is what you work for," Bjorn stated. "When you win golf tournaments, you have to enjoy it."

The 39-year-old Dane was one stroke clear after 14 holes at Doha Golf Club, but birdied three of the last four to pull out the win.

Spain's Alvaro Quiros put the pressure on Bjorn. Quiros, the 2009 champion, closed with a four-under 68, but had two bogeys late on the back nine that cost him dearly. He took second at minus-10.

Another Spaniard, Rafael Cabrera-Bello, also shot 68 on Sunday to share third. He was joined at nine-under-par 279 by Markus Brier (73). David Howell (68) ended alone in fifth at minus-eight.

Robert Karlsson, the 2010 winner, struggled to a two-over 74 to slide into a share of sixth at six-under-par 282.

Bjorn was briefly joined atop the leaderboard by Brier, who birdied the first. However, Brier bogeyed two of the next three holes and trailed by at least two the rest of the way.

After that, Quiros was the next to pressure Bjorn. The Spaniard, whose lone front-nine birdie was at the fifth, jumped into contention early on the back nine.

Quiros converted back-to-back birdies from the 10th, then moved within one of the lead after a birdie on No. 14. He wrapped bogeys at 15 and 17 around a birdie on No. 16. Quiros also birdied the last to end alone in second.

"Obviously, I'm very happy to finish second on my own," Quiros stated. "Unfortunately, I took three putts on the 15th and at the same time [Bjorn] made birdie, and after that, it was done."

Bjorn gave himself some breathing room with a birdie on No. 15. That put him three ahead of Quiros. Bjorn made it two in a row with a birdie on the 16th.

After a par on 17, Bjorn birdied the par-five 18th to seal the victory.

"When I birdied 16, I knew this was mine to lose," said Bjorn. "The last couple holes became a cruise. I knew if I kept making pars, it would be difficult for [Quiros] to catch me."

Karlsson shared sixth place with Thomas Aiken (73) and Soren Hansen (69).

NOTES: Sergio Garcia and Darren Clarke both closed with 68s...Garcia tied for ninth at five-under-par 283, while Clarke shared 12th at minus-four...World No. 2 Martin Kaymer posted a 71 on Sunday to end tied for 28th at minus- two...British Open champion Louis Oosthuizen (76) was one shot further back at minus-one...Steve Stricker managed a three-under 69 in the final round to share 45th with Paul McGinley, Jeev Milkha Singh and seven others at plus-one.


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