Dane hoping to be re-Bjorn

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn is looking to cast aside doubts about his form and fitness in the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia today.

Denmark's Thomas Bjorn is looking to cast aside doubts about his form and fitness in the Valle Romano Open de Andalucia today.

Bjorn has missed the cut in two of his last three events since an encouraging 11th place in the WGC CA Championship in Miami in March, and then injured his wrist in a fall at home.

The cast was only taken off on Saturday and the 36-year-old is rapidly running out of time to find some form ahead of the defence of his Irish Open title next week.

"My form's not been great but it was turning a bit of a corner before the US Masters and I ran into a couple of tough weeks, probably a bit too tough for where my golf was," Bjorn admitted ahead of the first round in Marbella.

"I need to get back into it and play some golf. It's not been the best six months so we need to try and work hard and get something out of it.

"I fell over doing a TV interview. I had to get up on a rock and fell off it and landed on my wrist at Wentworth.

"There have been signs of some decent stuff but it's hard to take it on the golf course at the moment. A couple of weeks with good weather and calmer conditions to get a bit of confidence back, that's what it's lacking at the moment.

"Sometimes you can practice too hard to try to find confidence and you only really get it by shooting a couple of good numbers and get a bit upbeat.

"Augusta came one or two weeks too early for me, it was tough for anyone with the course and the weather, and I wasn't confident enough on the course. It gives you a bit of a knock instead of building in the right direction.

"I've not been driving the ball well the last six months, and then you are playing catch-up on the courses we play today."

The good news for Bjorn is that, at 6,881 yards, Aloha Golf Club is not among the longest courses used on the European Tour.

World number 63 Lee Westwood, among the later starters on Thursday, revealed: "It's an old, traditional style Spanish course we don't play any more, it reminds me of playing on tour 10 years ago.

"It could be tricky. If you keep it in play there are probably only three holes you need to hit a driver out there.

"There are a lot of wedge shots but you need to control your spin because the greens are quite slopey and you will need to have a lot of imagination on the greens."

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