IN­TRO­DUC­ING Alexan­der Bjork

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AGE: 27 NA­TION­AL­ITY: SWEDISH TURNED PRO: 2009 BEST FIN­ISH 2018: WON THE VOLVO CHINA OPEN RANK­ING: 112

How did it feel to get your first Euro­pean Tour win at the Volvo China Open?

I was re­ally proud of the way I played, it’s prob­a­bly one of the best rounds of golf I ever played, the best round in the sit­u­a­tion. It’s the fi­nal day and the pres­sure comes on and I still hit good shots on the way in. I was less ner­vous than I usu­ally am be­fore a big fi­nal round and I felt con­fi­dent al­most all the way. I guess it was meant to be.

You sold shares in your­self in 2012. What was the think­ing be­hind that?

It was a way to get fi­nan­cial sup­port at a stretch in my ca­reer when I was still on the Nordic League and the econ­omy was quite tough. It gave me the chance to go to prac­tice camps in Spain and Amer­ica in the win­ter.

You made it onto the Chal­lenge Tour in 2014 and made steady progress be­fore get­ting a win and fin­ish­ing 7th on the Or­der of Merit in 2016. What are your me­mories of that sea­son?

I hadn’t com­peted in five or six months com­ing into the sea­son and I started with two missed cuts. Then I got go­ing and had a few tops 10s com­ing into the week I won in France. I played re­ally good al­most the en­tire sea­son. The win put me into 3rd in the Or­der of Merit and I was safe for the Euro­pean Tour card pretty early.

You’ve had six top-sevens in your first 18 months on the Euro­pean Tour and a share of the 54-hole lead twice. What have you learnt from be­ing in con­tention?

You learn ev­ery time. I feel like I’ve played quite well in the fi­nal rounds when I’ve been up there and fin­ished within the top three ev­ery time so it’s been good rounds. The dif­fer­ence be­tween that and win­ning is just some im­por­tant putts that I didn’t make. But I feel like I’ve been play­ing good in those sit­u­a­tions and I’m try­ing to take that with me to the next time.

The stats say ap­proach play and short game are your strengths but there’s room for im­prove­ment off the tee and on the greens...

Yeah, that’s a good de­scrip­tion. I’m work­ing re­ally hard on the driv­ing and putting as I need to im­prove both. At the same time, I’m try­ing to be bet­ter at all the other ar­eas as well.

What are your goals for this sea­son and be­yond?

I want to im­prove on fin­ish­ing 43rd on the Race to Dubai last year and then get in the top 20 that qual­i­fies for all of next year’s ma­jors and WGCs. I’m try­ing to take it one step at a time and not think too far ahead. But I’d say that my game is ready for the ma­jors. I think I’ve shown that al­ready.

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