New Generation Dawning on Europe, Says Bjorn

The next generation of golf stars are ready to take over at the European Tour, according to veteran Dane Thomas Bjorn.

Golfers such as England’s Oliver Wilson and Ross Fisher, and Spaniard Alvaro Quiros, are poised to push past masters aside, said Bjorn, who is defending his Irish Open title at Adare Manor this week.

Bjorn, who has won nine times on the European Tour, said on its website:

“I think one of the things that people have got to take a very big note of on the European Tour is that we have a major generation change. It might be that people don’t know many of the players on this Tour, but in five years, people will know a lot about these guys.”

The main characteristic of these rising stars, in Bjorn’s view, is that they have no fear, which is what was said of Tiger Woods when he burst on to the professional scene more than 10 years ago.

Reputations mean little to them. While adhering to golf’s etiquettes, they simply want to win and it doesn’t matter who is in their way, as Bjorn adds:

“These kids don’t care. They have one goal in mind, and they just want to win golf tournaments and they don’t care who they are up against. That’s the big difference I see today. They are going to come out in strength and come out in bigger numbers as well.”

This year’s Irish Open is being held at the Manor for the first time in a three-year stint and, at 7,453 yards, it is one of the longest courses on the Tour.

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