August 14, 2014

AALBORG, Denmark (AP) Thomas Bjorn shot a 5-under 66 to share the lead midway through the first round of the Made in Denmark event Thursday, boosting his chances of securing a place in Europe's Ryder Cup team.

Playing in his home tournament, Bjorn made five birdies and did not drop a shot in gusty conditions. He is tied for first place with Felipe Aguilar of Chile and Bradley Dredge of Wales.

Bjorn hasn't played in the Ryder Cup since 2002 but a victory in Aalborg will guarantee him a spot in the European team for the match against United States at Gleneagles next month.

Bjorn has occupied a position in the automatic qualifying places since December.

Paul Lawrie of Scotland and Soren Larsen of Denmark pulled out of the tournament because of injuries.

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