Levy emerged triumphant on the second play-off hole to claim the title at the prestigious tournament, which boasted a prize purse of two million Euros. This was Levy’s third victory on the European Tour.
Behind Levy and Fisher, Swedes Michael Jonzon and Robert Karlsson (both -16) finished tied in third place. Adverse weather reduced the European Tour event on the Beckenbauer Course (par 71) from 72 to 54 holes. 35,300 spectators visited the tournament over the course of the four days.
“We witnessed a high-class golf tournament with an excellent field,” said Andreas Haffner, Member of the Executive Board at Porsche AG. “The huge spectator figures at the course and the fact that the tournament was broadcast in 180 countries show that the Porsche European Open has been excellently received by the golfing public. The players enjoy the special atmosphere here and have a lot of fun test driving our sports cars. On the whole, it was a great confirmation of our involvement as title sponsor.”
The best-placed German was Ryder Cup player Martin Kaymer (-14) in sixth place. The man from Düsseldorf headed straight to Linz (Austria) immediately after his final putt. From there, Kaymer, his Belgian team-mate Thomas Pieters, and vice captains Paul Lawrie (Scotland) and Padraig Harrington (Ireland) flew via London to Minneapolis, where the 41st Ryder Cup will be played next week.
Despite outstanding performances on day three of the 2016 Porsche European Open on the Beckenbauer Golf Course in Bad Griesbach, none of the players who completed their second rounds on Saturday were able to keep pace with Alexander Levy. The Frenchman had completed the final hole of his second round in the morning. He leads a strong field on 17 under par (125 shots), courtesy of two excellent bogey-free rounds.
The extraordinary late summer weather attracted 7,800 spectators to the course and prompted the players to produce some outstanding golf. Sweden’s Michael Jonzon carded a round of 63, and will play alongside Levy and Ross Fisher in the final group. The penultimate group features the three “local heroes” from Germany and Austria – Martin Kaymer, Florian Fritsch and Bernd Wiesberger – who are tied in fourth place on -11 (131 shots). They are followed by Sweden’s Robert Karlsson, who is tied in seventh place on -10 (132 shots) with Bradley Dredge (Wales) and Jean Hugo (South Africa).
Heavy fog once again delayed the morning start, meaning the second round could not be completed until Saturday evening. As such, the officials took the decision to reduce the tournament to 54 holes, in order to ensure that the winner could be crowned on Sunday evening. It is the first tournament on the European Tour, at which it has not been possible to complete the full 72 holes due to fog.
Of the ten German pros who teed off at the tournament, six made the cut. Martin Kaymer and Florian Fritsch are joined in the final round by Max Rottluff and Marcel Schneider, both on -6 (133 shots), while Bernd Ritthammer is tied in 46th place on -5 (137 shots) and Marcel Siem lies in a tie for 58th place on -4 (138 shots).
France’s Alexander Levy moved ahead of Austrian Bernd Wiesberger with a birdie on the 18th. A fine round of 62 (nine under par) saw Levy end the day at the top of the leaderboard at the 2016 Porsche European Open, which was held on the Beckenbauer Golf Course in Bad Griesbach. Despite bright sunshine on the first two days, it was only possible to complete the opening round early in the afternoon on day two. Thick fog delayed the start of play on both the first two days of the tournament. The pros were only able to resume their rounds at 11:30 on Friday, after play was suspended the previous evening due to bad light.
Levy moved ahead of the Austrian at the top of the leaderboard courtesy of a bogey-free round. Young Australian Jason Scrivener is third. Ross Fisher (England), Spain’s Adrian Otaegui and young Italian Renato Paratore are tied in fourth place a further shot back on -6 (65).
A group of six players are tied in seventh place on -5 following rounds of 66 on the par-71 course: Englishmen Ben Evans, Matthew Southgate and Steve Webster, American Daniel Im, Denmark’s Lucas Bjerregaard, and Swede Michael Jonzon.
The players took advantage of what continue to be very good conditions, as they strived to put themselves in a good position ahead of the second round. Among those to go under par were five German players, Florian Fritsch, Martin Kaymer, Maximilian Kieffer, Max Rottluff and Marcel Schneider, who each carded opening rounds of 67. They are tied for 19th place with outstanding amateur Thomas Rosenmüller from Munich.
Kaymer was happy with his round. “After yesterday’s difficult start, I am happy with today’s score. The interruptions did not bother me much. I am pleased to see so many spectators, who followed us from the first tee to the final putt. I am also pleased for Thomas Rosenmüller, who returned to the clubhouse with an excellent score.” Rosenmüller visibly enjoyed his round. “I want to learn as much as possible here, and to have fun. I have not set myself any goals, but am simply trying to play my best golf.” He has obviously achieved that so far.
After a brief rest, the players must tee off again on Thursday afternoon, in order to get the second round underway.
1. Alexander Levy (France) Ross Fisher (England) -19 (194 shots) 3. Michael Jonzon and Robert Karlsson (Sweden) -16 (197 shots) 5. Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) -15 (198 shots); 6. Martin Kaymer (Mettmann, Germany) -14 (199 shots), 7. Florian Fritsch (Heidelberg, Germany), Richard Bland (England), among others, -13 (200 shots)
Selected others: 28. Marcel Schneider (Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany) -9 (204 shots), 57. Max Rottluff (Düsseldorf, Germany) -5 (208 shots), 63. Bernd Ritthammer (Nuremberg, Germany) -4 (209 shots), 67. Marcel Siem (Ratingen, Germany) -2 (211 shots)
After round two:
1. Alexander Levy (France) -17 (125 shots); 2. Michael Jonzon (Sweden) -13 (129 shots); 3. Ross Fisher (England) -12 (130 shots); 4. Florian Fritsch (Heidelberg, Germany), Martin Kaymer (Mettmann, Germany), Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) -11 (131 shots); 7. Robert Karlsson (Sweden), Bradley Dredge (Wales), Jean Hugo (RSA) -10 (132 shots)
Selected others: 33. Max Rottluff (Düsseldorf, Germany), Marcel Schneider (Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany) -6 (133 shots), 46. Bernd Ritthammer (Nuremberg) -5 (137 shots), 58. Marcel Siem (Ratingen, Germany) -4 (138 shots)
After round one:
1. Alexander Levy (France) -9 (62 shots); 2. Bernd Wiesberger (Austria) -8 (63 shots); 3. Jason Scrivener (Australia) -7 (64 shots) 4. Renato Paratore (Italy) and Ross Fisher (England) -6 (65 shots); 6. Steve Webster (England), Daniel Im (USA), Lucas Bjerregaard (Denmark), Michael Jonzon (Sweden) -5 (66 shots); 19. Florian Fritsch, Martin Kaymer, Maximilian Kieffer, Thomas Rosenmüller (AM), Max Rottluff and Marcel Schneider (all Germany), Raphaël Jacquelin (France) among others, -4 (67 shots)
The organiser has announced a new date for next year’s Porsche European Open: the 2017 tournament will take place from 24th to 30th July, the week after the Open Championship.
As well as the Porsche European Open, which was held for the first time in 2015, Porsche AG has also been successfully involved in amateur golf since 1988 with the global Porsche Golf Cup. Porsche has expanded its commitment to golf this year with the Porsche Generations Open, an innovative nine-hole format for amateur golfers from two generations, which is initially restricted to Germany.
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