German Masters (golf)

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German Masters
Tournament information
Location Germany Pulheim, Germany
Established 1987
Course(s) Gut Lärchenhof
Par 72
Length 7,289 yards
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 2,000,000
Month played September
Final year 2009
Tournament record score
Aggregate 262 K.J. Choi (2003)
To par −26 (as above)
Final champion
South Africa James Kingston

The German Masters was a European Tour men's professional golf tournament played in Germany and hosted and promoted by Germany's most successful golfer Bernhard Langer and his brother Erwin.


Founded in 1987, the tournament was originally played in Stuttgart, moving to Berlin in 1994, and since 1998 it has been held played at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne. The prize fund had climbed to €3 million by 2005, making the German Masters was one of the richer events, outside of the major championships and the three individual World Golf Championships, on the European Tour at that time.

After a one-year break in 2006 the tournament returned to the European Tour schedule in 2007, renamed as the Mercedes-Benz Championship. Played as a no-cut event, it had a maximum field of 78, consisting primarily of players who had either won tournaments on the European Tour in 2007 or were in the top 75 of the Official World Golf Rankings or in the top 60 of the European Order of Merit. It was played in mid-September, a slot created by the rescheduling of the HSBC World Match Play Championship to October. However, as it clashed with the PGA Tour's Tour Championship, many leading players were unavailable, and so the prize fund on its return had dropped to €2 million, one third less than it was in 2005.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Mercedes-Benz Championship
2009 James Kingston  South Africa 275 −13 Playoff Denmark Anders Hansen
2008 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 275 −13 2 strokes Italy Francesco Molinari
2007 Søren Hansen  Denmark 271 −17 4 strokes England Phillip Archer
Scotland Alastair Forsyth
Linde German Masters
2006 No tournament
2005 Retief Goosen  South Africa 268 −20 1 stroke England Nick Dougherty
England David Lynn
Spain José María Olazábal
Sweden Henrik Stenson
2004 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 275 −13 3 strokes Australia Nick O'Hern
2003 K.J. Choi  South Korea 262 −26 2 strokes Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
2002 Stephen Leaney  Australia 266 −22 1 stroke Germany Alex Čejka
2001 Bernhard Langer (4)  Germany 266 −22 1 stroke United States John Daly
Sweden Fredrik Jacobson
2000 Michael Campbell  New Zealand 197* −19 1 stroke Argentina José Cóceres
1999 Sergio García  Spain 277 −11 Playoff Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
Wales Ian Woosnam
1998 Colin Montgomerie  Scotland 266 −22 1 stroke Sweden Robert Karlsson
Fiji Vijay Singh
1997 Bernhard Langer (3)  Germany 267 −21 6 strokes Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1996 Darren Clarke  Northern Ireland 264 −24 1 stroke England Mark Davis
Mercedes German Masters
1995 Anders Forsbrand  Sweden 264 −24 2 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer
1994 Seve Ballesteros  Spain 270 −18 Playoff South Africa Ernie Els
Spain José María Olazábal
1993 Steven Richardson  England 271 −17 2 strokes Sweden Robert Karlsson
1992 Barry Lane  England 272 −16 2 strokes Australia Rodger Davis
Germany Bernhard Langer
Wales Ian Woosnam
1991 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany 275 −13 Playoff Australia Rodger Davis
1990 Sam Torrance  Scotland 272 −16 3 strokes Germany Bernhard Langer
Wales Ian Woosnam
German Masters
1989 Bernhard Langer  West Germany 276 −12 1 stroke Spain José María Olazábal
United States Payne Stewart
1988 José María Olazábal  Spain 279 −9 2 strokes Sweden Anders Forsbrand
Republic of Ireland Des Smyth
1987 Sandy Lyle  Scotland 278 −10 Playoff West Germany Bernhard Langer

* - The final round of the 2000 event was cancelled because of bad weather

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