Thomas Bjorn keeps promise to have Ryder Cup win tattoo

2018 Ryder Cup - Thomas Bjorn Press Conference

Thomas Bjorn has kept his promise to have Europe’s Ryder Cup-winning score tattooed on his backside.

European captain Bjorn said he would have the tattoo if his team beat the USA this summer and retweeted a video showing him having a 17 ½–10 ½ scoreline and trophy tattoo.

“I told you I would do it,” he posted on Twitter, tagging in some of his victorious team members.

In the video, initially posted by Ryder Cup Europe, Bjorn is shown entering a tattoo parlour and then grimacing as he lays face down on a table during the procedure.

When it is completed, the Dane looks up briefly and wishes viewers a Merry Christmas, before wearily dropping his head on to the back of his hands.

Europe were firm underdogs going into September’s event at Le Golf National near Paris, prompting Bjorn to promise the tattoo should his team pull off a surprise victory.

After Europe reclaimed the trophy, the 47-year-old described the pledge as the “worst decision he made all week” and said the artwork would not be visible to the general public.

“Let me put it this way, it’s going to go on a part that only Grace (Bjorn’s partner) will see,” he said.

“I might have to send the players a picture.”

It might have taken three months for Bjorn to fulfill his promise, however, Europe fans can still be more than satisfied with the final result.


Bjorn was crucial in the pairing Tommy Fleetwood and Francesco Molinari together, who subsequently became known as 'Moliwood' following their success over that weekend in Paris.

The next European Ryder Cup captain for 2020 is expected to be Padraig Harrington.

While he may have learned one or two things from how Bjorn managed the team it is unlikely Harrington will make the same tattoo-related promise in two year's time.

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