Bjorn back in action

Thomas Bjorn will make his return from injury at this week’s True Thailand Classic having only competed in one event this year because of back problems.

The Dane’s was only able to take part in the Dubai Desert Classic, where he missed the cut earlier this month, but he feels in better shape as he tees it up at the new event on the European Tour.

“Everything is in good shape; I’m coming off a good break and I’m raring to go,” said Bjorn.

“I went through a rough spell in January with my back and struggled to get out of bed for the best part of a couple of weeks, but that’s recovered now.

“I’m still feeling a little bit sore and a little bit stiff, but I’m through it and don’t have anything that causes me any problems.

“Playing now is feeling better and better each day, and the heat certainly won’t hurt it this week.

“I’m feeling pretty happy with where I am, if perhaps not 100 per cent,” the Dane who turns 44 next week added.

“You’re never quite sure how it will go until the gun goes, but I’m looking forward to getting out there tomorrow and trying to make some birdies.”

The European Tour returns to Thailand for the first time in eight years in one of five new events on the schedule this season.

Tournament ambassador Thongchai Jaidee is attached to the Black Mountain Golf Club and hopes to make the most of home advantage.

“I have played pretty consistently, but I haven’t been in top form yet,” he said.

“I am trying to do my best this week to move up on the Tour ranking (he is currently 23rd).

“I just want to do better than I did last year; I will try my best.”