Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Thomas Bjørn  (Getty Images)
Thomas Bjørn (Getty Images)

Victorious Captain Thomas Bjørn insists he is going to enjoy every second of his Ryder Cup victory lap before deciding what the future holds for his career.

The Dane steered Europe to their glorious 17½-10½ win over the United States at Le Golf National and admits there had been a bit of a come-down in the following days.

He was greeted with raucous cheers when he brought the trophy to the Hero Challenge at Canary Wharf on Tuesday and will now get back to business at this week's Sky Sports British Masters at Walton Heath Golf Club.

Bjørn has not played competitively since teeing it up on home soil at the Made in Denmark and he admits life has been a whirlwind since his Team was completed.

“It's been pretty good fun, to be honest,” he said. “You come down, and obviously it takes a lot out of you and I ran into a bit of illness last week but I guess that was just a normal come-down from such a big event.

“Just everywhere you go, I think people enjoyed themselves, either being there or watching it. I think when you're in it you don't really realise, you're so focused and determined on what's happening right there and with the players, you don't kind of take in the whole atmosphere of it.

“I watched a bit of it back and you start realising how good it was because I've lived with Ryder Cups as a player and as a Vice Captain since '97 and I lived it up all my life as a fan and you realise seeing those pictures how special an occasion it was.

“It's been fun to reflect on and it's been great. I keep saying to those 12, 'we'll always have that moment in time where that's for us', and that's pretty special. It's something that will live with us for the rest of our lives and that's pretty cool to have, to be honest.

“What we are as a Ryder Cup Team also is what we are as a Tour and it's every member of the Tour, it's every member of staff, it's all the people that come out of the European Tour that would have enjoyed that moment.

“The next few weeks for me is being out on Tour and trying to get back to playing a bit of golf. But shooting 84-64 is not really going to make any difference in my mind at this moment in time. I'm going to enjoy 2018 for all the good things that it brought.”

I might go back to playing and if I do that then I will focus 100 per cent on that - Thomas Bjørn

The last of Bjørn's 15 European Tour wins came in the 2014 season as he made the Ryder Cup Team as a player, with much of his focus in recent times trained on his Captaincy in Paris.

After finishing top of the Challenge Tour Rankings in 1995, Bjørn has built himself a truly brilliant career, with those 15 European Tour wins sitting alongside eight top ten finishes on the Order of Merit and three runner-up finishes in Major Championships.

At 47, he admits he is not sure whether his future lies on or off the golf course but he will not rush a decision in seeing whether the fire still burns to look for win number 16.

“These next few months, it's just about coming back down to earth and trying to find myself and figure out what's in store for me going forward,” he said.

“That kind of determination as a golfer leaves you in those two years and if I want to still play, we'll have to come back and I need to figure it out.

“I can't stand up and say, 'okay, I'm going to go full at it now and that's the only focus I'm going to have', because that has left me, especially in the last 12 months.

“So I need a bit of time to figure out if I have that motivation because it's going to take a lot of hard work.

“At 47, pretty much two years away, it's going to take a lot of hard work to get back to playing good golf. I watch them play in the Ryder Cup and see how they hit it, that's pretty daunting in itself.

“I've got to do some pretty special stuff to get myself back to playing competitive. I need the next few months to figure out if that's what I want to do or if I want to do something else.

“I can't say anything that it motivated me to be a golfer, watching it from the sidelines, because it always does. I might go back to playing and if I do that then I will focus 100 per cent on that.”

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