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THE once prestigious European Open has been absent for six years but will make a welcome return to the European Tour schedule this week in Germany.
The tournament, won over the years by many of golf’s leading lights including Greg Norman, Nick Faldo and Sandy Lyle, was previously played in the UK and Ireland ever since its inception in 1978. It is hoped the move to Germany for the first time will be the beginning of a new era.
Host for the 2015 edition is the Golf Resort Bad Griesbach, a course designed by two time Major winner Bernhard Langer.
Langer has himself won the event twice before, in 1985 and 1995, and is thrilled to see the competition return to the Race to Dubai.
“It’s wonderful to have a big championship like the European Open back on the European Tour,” the 58 year old.
“This course was designed a while ago but it has grown in very nicely. I’ve been having a look round while I’ve been playing. It is in pretty good condition so I’m thrilled with it.
“We included the river which runs through here, and it comes into play on a couple of holes. It is a beautiful part of Germany nature-wise.”
A pretty good field has assembled for the event including South Africa’s Charl Schwartzel, Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell and America’s Hunter Mahan, who will be consoling himself on course after missing the very lucrative Tour Championship this week on the US PGA Tour for the very first time. (Mahan was the only golfer to have played in all previous FedEx Cup playoff events till he missed the 30 man cut this week.)
Australians have had a good record at the European Open, with Graham Marsh and Peter Senior joining Norman as previous winners.
Aussies in the field this week are Richard Green, Marcus Fraser, Jason Scrivener, Wade Ormsby, Scott Hend, Andrew Dodt and Daniel Gaunt.
Porsche European Open TV Times
Live coverage on Fox Sports beginning Thursday 7pm – 9pm; 11pm – 2am.
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