Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe

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Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe
Gut Kaden
Gut Kaden
Tournament information
Location Alveslohe, Germany
Established 1977
Course(s) Gut Kaden
Par 72
Tour(s) European Tour
Format Stroke play
Prize fund 3,600,000
Final champion
Argentina Andrés Romero

The Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe was an annual 72-hole stroke play professional golf tournament for men. It was played in Germany and was part of the European Tour schedule. The tournament was founded in 1992 as the Honda Open and acquired the tag of The Players Championship of Europe or TPC of Europe in 1995. It was always been played at Gut Kaden[1] near Hamburg, initially also at Golf Club St. Leon-Rot.[2] The prize fund in 2007 was 3.6 million, which put it in the top group of European Tour events outside the major championships and World Golf Championships, but not at the head of the list.

The parallels between this tournament and the PGA Tour's Players Championship are not very strong. The European Players Championship was not the richest event on the European Tour and it was not played close to the Tour's headquarters. The Players Championship's closest parallel in Europe is perhaps the BMW PGA Championship, although that was originally the British PGA Championship, and thus equivalent to the PGA Championship, organised by the PGA of America, which is a major championship and is now a European Tour event.

Before it was attached to the event in Germany, the TPC/Players Championship tag was applied briefly to European Tour events in England and Portugal. It was more of a marketing tool than a genuine indication that the event is different from other leading European Tour events in any important way.

Tiger Woods has played in the tournament several times. He was said to have received large appearance fees, which give rise to some controversy as appearance fees are not normally paid by European Tour events which actually take place in Europe.[citation needed] They are more common in less prestigious tournaments.

The tournament was dropped from the 2008 European Tour schedule.


Year Winner Country Score To par Margin
of victory
Deutsche Bank Players Championship of Europe
2007 Andrés Romero  Argentina 269 −19 3 strokes Denmark Søren Hansen
England Oliver Wilson
2006 Robert Karlsson  Sweden 263 −25 4 strokes South Africa Charl Schwartzel
England Lee Westwood
2005 Niclas Fasth  Sweden 274 −14 Playoff Argentina Ángel Cabrera
Deutsche Bank - SAP Open TPC of Europe
2004 Trevor Immelman  South Africa 271 −17 1 stroke Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington
2003 Pádraig Harrington  Ireland 269 −19 Playoff Denmark Thomas Bjørn
2002 Tiger Woods (3)  United States 268 −20 Playoff Scotland Colin Montgomerie
2001 Tiger Woods (2)  United States 270 −18 4 strokes New Zealand Michael Campbell
2000 Lee Westwood (2)  England 273 −15 3 strokes Italy Emanuele Canonica
1999 Tiger Woods  United States 273 −15 3 strokes South Africa Retief Goosen
1998 Lee Westwood  England 265 −23 1 stroke Northern Ireland Darren Clarke
Deutsche Bank Open TPC of Europe
1997 Ross McFarlane  England 282 −6 1 stroke Scotland Gordon Brand, Jnr
Sweden Anders Forsbrand
1996 Frank Nobilo  New Zealand 270 −18 1 stroke Scotland Colin Montgomerie
1995 Bernhard Langer (2)  Germany 270 −18 6 strokes England Jamie Spence
Honda Open
1994 Robert Allenby  Australia 276 −12 Playoff Spain Miguel Ángel Jiménez
1993 Sam Torrance  Scotland 278 −10 Playoff England Paul Broadhurst
Sweden Johan Ryström
Wales Ian Woosnam
1992 Bernhard Langer  Germany 273 −15 3 strokes Northern Ireland Darren Clarke


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