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Bjorn charges to European Masters golf victory

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn clinched his second title in as many weeks after shooting a superb nine-under-par final round of 62 to win the European Masters here on Sunday from Germany's Martin Kaymer. Bjorn finished at 20-under, four shots clear of former world number one Kaymer, while Rory McIlroy finished joint third at 15-under in his first tournament since suffering a wrist injury at last month's USPGA Championship. The 40-year-old Dane arrived in the Swiss Alps buoyed by his triumph in a five-man play-off at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles last week. He came into the final round three shots adrift of overnight leader Jamie Donaldson, but while the Welshman could only muster a 70, Bjorn matched the lowest round of his career, with nine birdies, an eagle and two bogeys in his 62. Bjorn trailed Kaymer by a shot when the German missed a short bogey-putt at the long 14th, and Bjorn made him pay by going five-under through the last five holes to clinch the title. "The way I finished was special and it's been an amazing two weeks," he said afterwards. "I started hitting my wedges so well last week and kept it going. "At the end you think nothing can go wrong. Golf seems easy sometimes and you have to remember that when you are not playing well." Having also won in Qatar in February, this was Bjorn's third title of the year and it puts him out in front in the race to qualify for the European team at next year's Ryder Cup. Donaldson was bidding for a first-ever European Tour win but settled for joint third with South Africa's Jaco Van Zyl, who shot a 64, and McIlroy. The Northern Irishman may not have been able to keep up with Bjorn's relentless shot-making, but he had reason to be pleased with his performance. "It was a bittersweet week," he said. "Coming back off the injury I didn't know what to expect. To get myself into contention was great and the arm felt 100 percent healthy, which is a huge positive. "Even if I had played well I don't know if I would have been able to catch Thomas." Elsewhere, Lee Westwood finished tied for sixth at 14-under, while last year's champion Miguel Angel Jimenez ended at 13-under. Nick Dougherty, who led after the first round and made his first cut since November last year, faded to finish tied for 45th at four-under.

Navy boosted its own semis bid with a 25-22. 1 spot in the Final Four with a victory over Maynilad in tomorrow’s close of the quarters of the tournament backed by Accel. The power-hitting sister tandem of Michelle and Marietta Carolino combined for 18 attacks and 22 points while Mary Jean Balse backed them up with 10 hits. Despite the loss. however. bounced back with an imposing victory in the third set. Cases finished with 21 hits while Syvie Artates stood at the forefront of Maynilad’s net defense. the Maynilad-Army duel will be aired today (Monday) on NBN 4 starting at 2 p. the Water Dragons fought back in the fourth. the first of two semifinalists. 25-18. and hope that either two from Air Force. In the other game. Artates finished with 20 points while Mangui added 13 and Ma. “I used all my players and told them to just enjoy the game. scoring eight blocks. Army coach Rico de Guzman also opted to rest his other starters for the tough grind ahead as Rachel Ann Daquis played for just two sets and finished with three points. Dahlia Cruz had seven hits in a three-set stint while Joanne Bunag made just five points. keeps slim hopes alive Maynilad succeeded where four other teams had failed. The Airwomen slid to 1-3 in a tie with Maynilad and must win over Ateneo tomorrow to force a playoff. beating Philippine Army. Although the fancied Army squad.Maynilad stuns Army. 26-24. And they all played well and they cashed in on Army’s poor reception. 25-17.” said Maynilad coach Joseph Santos in Filipino. must beat the other semifinalist. the Water Dragons outhit the Troopers. GMA LifeTV and GMA News TV. Josephine Cafranca. Nica Guliman and Margarita Pepito pooled 16 points. San Sebastian. the Lady Troopers remained on top with a closing 4-1 card although the San Sebastian Lady Stags can match it and force a playoff for the No. Navy or Ateneo won’t go over two wins. Maynilad. 57-31. yesterday to keep its flickering hopes alive in the quarterfinal round of the Shakey’s V-League Open Conference at The Arena in San Juan. With Joy Cases and Mervic Mangui combining for 33 kills. and on GMA-7′s international channels GMA Pinoy TV. breaking away from a tight contest to build leads of 17-11 and 22-14 before completing the big reversal. according to the organizing Sports Vision. 18-25.m. The lone commercial team in the league surprised the Lady Troopers with a win in an extended first-set encounter then sustained their form in the next. 25-18. . Mikasa and Maynilad Water. Meanwhile. They also had more blocks 12-8 and made seven points off the serve as against Army’s six. 25-18 victory over Air Force as it wound up with a 2-3 card for solo fourth. It was only Maynilad’s very first win after losing its first three games in the single round phase but it revived the Water Dragons’ slim hopes for a playoff for the fourth and last semifinal berth in the tournament sponsored by Shakey’s Pizza.