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 Score
Mercedes-Benz Championship
2009 South Africa James Kingston 275 (−13)PO
2008 Sweden Robert Karlsson 275 (−13)
2007 Denmark Søren Hansen 271 (−17)
Linde German Masters
2006 No tournament
2005 South Africa Retief Goosen 268 (−20)
2004 Republic of Ireland Pádraig Harrington 275 (−13)
2003 South Korea K.J. Choi 262 (−26)
2002 Australia Stephen Leaney 266 (−22)
2001 Germany Bernhard Langer 266 (−22)
2000 New Zealand Michael Campbell 197 (−19)*
1999 Spain Sergio García 277 (−11)PO
1998 Scotland Colin Montgomerie 266 (−22)
1997 Germany Bernhard Langer 267 (−21)
1996 Northern Ireland Darren Clarke 264 (−24)
Mercedes German Masters
1995 Sweden Anders Forsbrand 264 (−24)
1994 Spain Seve Ballesteros 270 (−18)PO
1993 England Steven Richardson 271 (−17)
1992 England Barry Lane 272 (−16)
1991 Germany Bernhard Langer 275 (−13)PO
1990 Scotland Sam Torrance 272 (−16)
German Masters
1989 West Germany Bernhard Langer 276 (−12)
1988 Spain José María Olazábal 279 (−9)
1987 Scotland Sandy Lyle 278 (−10)PO

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

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