Bjork makes breakthrough

30 April 2018 05:26:14 EST

Alexander Bjork secured his first European Tour win after a superb final-round 65 gave him a one-shot victory in the Volvo China Open in Beijing.

The Swede has been touted as a future star since coming on to the tour last season and dropped another large hint that the win would come soon by finishing third in last week's Trophee Hassan II in Morocco.

He started the final round in China a shot back and was part of a six-way tie for the lead at one point in a dramatic final round. But Bjork held his nerve down the stretch to post 18-under and finish a stroke in front of Spain's Adrian Otaegui.

"It's tough to describe the emotions," he said. "I'm really happy and really proud of myself the way I played today, it's probably one of the best rounds of golf I ever played, the best round in the situation.

"I made pretty much no mistakes today, I'm super happy. I've been striking the ball so well off the tee and also into the greens all week. It's been so solid, it's easy to play a round when the swing is there.

"It's the final day and the pressure comes on and I still hit good shots on the way in.

"I had a really good feeling this morning, I was less nervous than I usually am before a big final round, I felt confident almost all the way. I guess it was meant to be today."

The victory moved Bjork up to ninth in the Race to Dubai and from 112th to 73rd in the official world golf rankings.

He's now 250/1 to win the Race to Dubai and is also being touted to grab a place on Europe's Ryder Cup team in September. Europe are 13/10 to win the Ryder Cup outright, with the USA 9/10 and the tie 11/1.

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