Berenberg Bank Masters

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July
2012

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Seniors Make it Worthwhile

Sport Eagle’s Craig White recaps the Berenberg Bank Masters from Wörthsee Golf Club

Exciting final round at the Berenberg Bank Masters in Worthsee. On a day when temperatures didn’t reach the heights expected, the ice cool American, Tim Thelen revels in the conditions to take the title back across the Atlantic.

The American didn’t seem to have a chance starting the last 18 holes. But it was apparent that this round would be something special as the Thelen put himself in contention going into the last day, although no one would have expected the American to win this event.


Thelen started his round early and this enabled him to put pressure on the leaderboard. The American started well and managing to get a succession of birdies on the first 9 holes.

The overnight leaders, Mark Louland from Wales, Peter Fowler from Australia and his big rival Barry Lane from England didn’t have any answers to Tim Thelen’s industry, and all of them were unable to challenge the American. Barry Lane’s round started to fade after nine holes and a loose drive on the 10th hole found water and pretty much squashed any final chances of success.

Despite the hot and humid conditions, players were able to finish with superb numbers. Photo: White/Sport Eagle

Despite the hot and humid conditions, players were able to finish with superb numbers.  Photo: White/Sport Eagle

However, it was a slightly different story for Australia’s Peter Fowler. He was unable to replicate the two fabulous earlier rounds. It wasn’t that the performance was bad, more a case of the putts weren’t dropping as they had done the previous days and ultimately he would finish tied 2nd with a admirable 12-under par total of 204.

It was a similar story for the overnight leader Mark Mouland, who dropped a few silly shots throughout the final day to finish tied with Peter Fowler and Barry Lane. All finishing on 12-under.

The Scottish duo of Andrew Oldcorn and Ross Drummond played a inspired final round, they weren’t in contention for the trophy, however they finished well and should be happy to finish tied 6th on 9-under for Oldcorn and tied 8th on 8-under for Drummond.

Homeland favourite, Bernhard Langer had a good tournament, although he was never able to put enough pressure on the leaders. The hometown fans followed the legendary German for his entire round but this still wasn’t enough for Langer. It may take a few days to come to terms with the result but Langer will satisfied that he finished tied 5th on 11-under.

Now its clear, it was the charismatic American Tim Thelen’s day. He finished the final 9 holes as if he was number 1 in the world. Exquisite tee to green and great control with his putts. Thelen finished his round and he was at the summit, 15-under for the event which is a total of 201 beaten the field by three shots at least.

The sponsors and senior tour will be extremely happy with the way the results panned out and will look forward to the next event they sponsor.

Photo: White/Sport Eagle

Days One and Two

Berenberg Bank Masters, 36 holes down and one final round left. Temperatures continued to soar Friday and Saturday while seniors came to terms with all the conditions.

The greens and fairways looking majestic which is a perfect compliment to all the hard work and time that event organisers invested to make the a spectacular tournament for the Senior Pro’s and fans alike. Clear indication of why the event has been such a huge success.

On the first day the standard of golf was pretty erratic with some truly terrible scores, the worst round of the day coming from Spain’s Antonio Garrido who had a round of 82 which left him 10 shots off the lead. However, some of the stars on the champions tour had far better success. Australia’s Peter Fowler and England’s Barry Lane continued with the dominance shown so far in 2012 with a sublime round of 65 which was 7-under for the first round.

Homeland favorite Bernard Langer showed exquisite touch and seemed happy enough to leave himself a few shots off the leaders going into day two.

At the start of the second day, weather conditions were even more impossible, with temperatures well into the 30s. Conditions that maybe ideal taking sun and looking more healthy, but not when you have a full 18-holes and five kilometer walk to complete at the peak of the day’s heat.

Who would be the movers and shakers and who would put themselves in prime position to attack on the final day?

Scoring on day two was far more impressive and the players seemed far more aggressive in their approaches. Average round scores dropping to an incredible 68.33 which is nearly 4-under par.

The European and Australian contingent performed steadily. They had no need to force the pace. They just needed to stay accurate, find the greens in two and single putt.

Something that last year’s winner Ian Woosnam from Wales was able to produce as he improved on his first day’s performance, having shot a 74 on Friday and then destroying the course on Saturday with a much improved round of 68. He must be happy and must consider himself in contention especially if the ridiculous temperatures are a factor on Sunday.

Barry Lane and Peter Fowler just did what was required. Conserving their energy for the final push on the last day at the Worthsee Golf Club.

Welshman Mark Mouland is leading the event so far with 11-under with a total of 133 shots.

The fans have been flooding in to watch this fabulous event and this could put adverse pressure on some of the less well known golfers, it will be interesting to see who can keep their composure as they battle for the trophy and the €60,000.00 first prize.

Legends Gary Player (left) and Bernhard Langer share a laugh promoting the weekend’s Senior golf event. Photo: White/Sport Eagle

Legends Gary Player (left) and Bernhard Langer share a laugh promoting the weekend’s Senior golf event.  Photo: White/Sport Eagle

Preview

Today sees the start of the Berenberg Bank Masters in Bavaria, Germany. The event is for the Champions Tour, also known as the Senior Tour.

The field is packed with talent for this year’s event, and even has the support of 18-time major winner Mr. Gary Player, possibly South Africa’s most successful sports man ever.

Before I talk about the field, I would like to take a moment to talk about the inspirational 76 years young South African. This legend has a more hectic business schedule than most high-flying 30-something business men.

At the press conference Mr. Player gave us a little insight into his life and passions regarding individuals keeping a healthy and balanced life especially when he sees the destructive nature of diabetes, something that one of his children suffer from. The golf legend still attends the gym four times per week, and does 1000 sit ups and numerous push ups everyday, one of the many reasons he still looks so much younger than his years.

It doesn’t end their, the Gary Player charitable foundation has raised more than one billion dollars. Mr Player also holds the record with Jack Nichlous for two people raising money within 24 hours. They raised $15 million, beating the previous $7 million figure.

Having listened to the great man, it is clear three things provide his motivation. Firstly and most importantly its his wife and his family, secondly its the gift he was given to play golf and thirdly it’s his farm. The South African is all too aware all the chemicals that are being used to create sustainable food chains. This is something the legend doesn’t agree with, which is why he uses traditional farming methods, three attributes that we should all take note of.

The legend was then asked what his biggest golf achievement has been. He answered “I have won 18 majors, 9 on the regular tour and 9 on the seniors. The grand slam has been held by a few in the main tour and I have done this. However, I am the only man to have held this on the senior tour, so this is my best achievement”.

A fitting conclusion to Gary Player’s profile. Photo: White/Sport Eagle

A fitting conclusion to Gary Player’s profile.  Photo: White/Sport Eagle

Now to the competition and field. Many of the world’s elite seniors are in this event, reigning champion Ian Woosnam returns with likes of Bernard Langer from Germany, Costantina Rocca from Italy, Peter Fowler the world number 1 from Australia and Carl Mason from England who has more senior title wins than any other European player.

The course is an average length par 72 which could play into the hands of the slightly younger seniors. Some par four’s may be reachable in one and could mean low scores.

One interesting factor, will the seniors play controlled golf or will the try and be aggressive and take the course on? This will be seen over the next three days, the conditions look good and the weather could also play a factor. Soaring temperatures may drain some of the players more quickly, which is why the question was raised regarding the players approach to the event.

With a prize fund of €400,000.00 and 1st prize of €60,000.00, this is definitely an event worth winning and will be very highly contested.


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