Porsche European Open Returns To Golf Resort Bad Griesbach !
The 34th Porsche European Open returns to Golf Resort Bad Griesbach which hosted this event last year and is Europe’s largest golf resort with six courses, with play starting on Thursday 22nd September 2016. The tournament will be played on the Beckenbauer Course, a 7,188 yard championship course, named after Franz Beckenbauer, a World Cup winning German footballer and golf enthusiast.
The Porsche European Open has attracted a quality field of players including multiple Major winners, Ernie Els and Padraig Harrington as well as Thongchai Jaidee, defending champion and oldest winner of this event at 45 years and 323 days. Jaidee won last year with a superb final round of 67 to finish at -17, 1 shot ahead of Graeme Storm.
Local hero and Germany’s leading player Martin Kaymer said: “I’m pleased that it works out this year and I will be playing in front of a home audience,” and would like nothing better than to win this event in front of a home crowd before playing in the Ryder Cup.
Joining Kaymer will be compatriot Marcel Siem, Maximilian Kieffer, Florian Fritsch, Bernd Ritthammer, Austrian Bernd Wiesberger and Ryder Cup debutant Thomas Pieters.
Other Ryder Cup players taking part in this event include Peter Hanson and Robert Karlsson from Sweden and Paul Lawrie of Scotland.
Previous winners of the tournament include Bobby Wadkins, Sandy Lyle, Tom Kite, Bernhard Langer, Greg Norman, Ian Woosnam, Nick Faldo, Darren Clarke and Retief Goosen. Lee Westwood was the last player to successfully defend the title in 2000 at The K Club in Ireland.
Detlev von Platen of Porsch AG said: “Last year’s premiere of this European Tour tournament clearly surpassed our expectations, and golf enthusiasts can definitely look forward to an attractive player roster at Bad Griesbach in September including the German star player Martin Kaymer.”
This year’s hole-in-one prize offered by Porsche for the first player to score an ace at the 17th hole is a brand new Porsche Panamera 4S valued in excess of 100,000 Euros. Porsche first sponsored the European Open in 2015 and were the 19th car manufacturer to sponsor a European Tour event.