Bmw masters 2014
LAKE MALAREN GOLF CLUB, SHANGHAI, CHINA
RESULT 272 (-16)
The course of the Lake Malaren Golf Club presented itself to the elite field of the BMW Masters as a birdie playground during the first three days of the tournament. Alexander Levy took the intermediate score to an incredible 22 strokes under par. This changed completely for the final. The players had to deal with much more difficult conditions on Sunday. The wind picked up considerably and prevented a round as deep as on the previous days. Old champion Miguel Angél Jiménez for example signed an 88th round.
Levy slips up
"I can only hope for mistakes by Alexander, the distance is too big for that", Siem explained before the final. And the blunders came. Levy took some blow losses in windy conditions, while Siem remained constant. After the 13th hole, both were level. The German hit the fairway of the par 5, but then moved his second shot onto the go-cart course. But after a penalty-free drop, he laid the approach to the green and recorded the par. Anders Levy, who sank his ball into the water and eventually lost a double stroke.
On the 14, both leaders lost shots and eight players were a maximum of three shots away from the top - a surprising development. On 17, Siem took the lead alone for the first time. The German saved par with an excellent short pitch, while Levy once again only managed the bogey and screwed his day's result to a proud five strokes over par. But Levy managed to par on the following par 3. Siem, however, moved his tee shot far to the left and missed the up-and-down.
Victory putt clearly missed
At 17 under par, the 18th shot was a par 4, whose green Bernd Wiesberger had just reached 3 after a good driver from the tee and a wood. Siem and Levy were 17 under par, Ross Fisher had reached the clubhouse at 16 under after a 67.
Siem moved his tee shot into the rough and made the next attempt about 30 meters from the green on the fairway. Levy was lucky from the fairway that his second shot from the fairway did not end up in the water on the left side of the green. The Frenchman's pitch from the rough within the water hazard only made it into the pre-green, leaving Siem just under two metres from the winning par and his fourth win on the European Tour. But the putt ran clearly past the hole on the right.
Chip-in for the title
A jump-off had to bring the decision: She met Fisher and Levy. It went back to the 18th tee. The trio hit the fairway, Levy and Fisher developed birdie chances from a good five meters, Siem got stuck in the rough just before the green. But the chip fitted perfectly and landed spectacularly in the hole. It was to remain the only birdie in the jump-off. Marcel Siem had won the BMW Masters with a fireworks display at the end.
"No way past me"
"The course was a monster today with the wind and flag positions," he analyzed after the round. "It wasn't the best putt of my life on the 72nd hole, but I've won both playoffs in my career so far and I said to my caddie, "There's no way around me."
"The situation before the chip in the playoffs was good, although there was a little grass in front of the ball. Winning means a lot to me after the two surgeries this year. Before this week I didn't expect a top ten finish, but now I'm standing here as the winner. Just incredible."
Tropheé Hassan II 2013
GOLF DU PALAIS ROYAL, AGADIR, MAROCCO
RESULT 271 (-17)
On Sunday before the final, Marcel Siem wanted to approach everything the same way as he did the day before in the third round. He wanted to build up routine, change little. Arrive at the Golf du Palais course a good two hours before his starting time, have a leisurely breakfast, listen to a little music and then of course take a few shots on the driving range. The only thing the German had wished for was more sleep for the night from Saturday to Sunday. He had suffered a little during the exciting days of Agadir.
But no matter whether he got a lot of sleep or not: Siem safely beat his pursuers on the final Sunday with a 70 and triumphed in front of the Crown Prince of Morocco. The third title on the Tour brings the German a prize money of 250,000 euros and had given him another chance at the top 50 in the world - including a ticket to the Augusta National Golf Club and the Masters Tournament in two weeks.
Hopes for the Masters were high: "Even if I'm kicking the Open and the Europeans' butts a little: the Masters is the best," Siem said in an interview with Golf.de last December. "I've been a professional since 2000 and have never played in Augusta. It's driving me crazy."
Already in the USA he wanted to collect the necessary prize money at the two WGCs, but the hoped-for good results failed to materialize. In Morocco, a win provided the penultimate opportunity to keep the dream of Amen Corner and Magnolia Lane alive. She kept this chance by her own efforts. After the end of Henrik Stenson's final round at the Houston Open it was over. The Swede took over 50th place in the OWGR and grabbed Siem's ticket to the holy lawn.
Like on Saturday, the final did not start well at first. On the second course he hit a chip too fat and saved a bogey on the par 3. The problems continued. One hole later, the approach with the 9 iron on the par 4 was too short. But a precise shot from the bunker saved the par.
On the fifth hole, the first par 5 of the round, Siem finally chose the risky option and attacked the small green defended by water. With success - the ball landed on the pre-green and two putts finally led to the first underplay. Another birdie then followed on the par 4 of the 7 when Siem brought his iron from the rough almost dead to the stick. With one under par, the German finally went on to the back nine, but the lead on the pursuers had already melted at this point.
Illonen catching up
Mikko Ilonen had entered the final together with Pablo Larrazábal and David Horsey four strokes behind Siem. He played in the penultimate group with the Spaniard Larrazábal. But four birdies on the first half round made the Finn move up to the split top in the meantime. But on the 10th the run of the big Finn ebbed away. His attack on the green of the par 5 landed in the water and t