Born:July 15, 1980 in Mettmann, nr Dusseldorf, Germany.
Original/Home Club:Burg Overbach GC, Much, nr Cologne.
Played as the Hero Indian Open (Feb 23-26; European-DP World Tour event). Second-placed Yannik Paul (Ger) finished 1 shot behind fellow countyman Marcel Siem (Ger). Siem recorded his fifth European (DP World) Tour win, ending an eight year winless stretch on the Tour. [DLF G&CC, New Delhi, India].
Played as the BMW Masters (Oct 30-Nov 2; Eurpn Tr/CGA event; first of four Eurpn Tr Final Series events). Siem (Ger) beat Ross Fisher (Eng) and Alexander Levy (Fra) at the first playoff hole. [Lake Malaren GC, Shanghai, China].
Played as the Hassan II Trophy (March 28-31; Eurpn Tr event). Second-placed David Horsey (Eng) and Mikko Ilonen (Fin) finished 3 shots behind wire-to-wire winner Siem (Ger), who recorded his third European Tour win. [Golf du Palais Royal, Agadir, Morocco].
Played as the Alstom Open de France (July 5-8). Second-placed Francesco Molinari (Italy) finished 1 shot behind Siem (Ger), who claimed his second European Tour title. [Albatros course, Golf National, Guyancourt, nr Paris].
Played as the Dunhill Championship (Jan 22-25; Sunshine/European Trs event). 23-year-old Marcel Siem (Ger) beat Raphaël Jacquelin (Fra) with a birdie at the third playoff hole, to claim his first European Tour win. Grégory Havret (Fra) was eliminated at the second playoff hole. [Houghton GC, Johannesburg, RSA].
Ryder Cup: Rome plays host to the first ever Ryder Cup to be staged in Italy, with the USA defending golf’s greatest team trophy at Marco Simone Golf & Country Club (Sept 29-Oct 1).
Solheim Cup: also in September, also in southern Europe, the 18th Solheim Cup will be contested at Finca Cortesin on the Costa del Sol, with Europe defending after their surprise win in Toledo, Inverness Club (Ohio) in 2021 (Sept 22-24).
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Céline Boutier: with many successes as both an amateur and professional golfer, Boutier added a major championship title to her impressive résumé at this year’s Evian Championship.
Alex Cejka: buffeted by rain and high winds, especially on the high-scoring final day, Čejka prevailed over Pádraig Harrington in a playoff at Royal Porthcawl, to scoop the Senior Open Championship title.
Marco Simone Golf & Country Club: With a clubhouse that might befit a Roman Emperor, and a golf course to match, you can be sure of a memorable outing at Rome's most talked about golf facility.
Jim Fazio's original layout was much changed to create a modern Ryder Cup course ... now one of the Eternal City's (and Italy's) most revered.
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