Top Stars Back in Europe for BMW

By Golf Channel NewsroomAugust 22, 2005, 4:00 pm
European TourThe European Tour gets back to business and begins its stretch run with the BWM International Open in Munich, Germany.
 
Tops stars settling back into familiar territory include Padraig Harrington, Luke Donald, Bernhard Langer, Ian Poulter and defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez.
 
Joining them will be American John Daly, recent PGA Championship runner-up Thomas Bjorn and Irishman Paul McGinley, who's coming off a strong third-place showing at the NEC Invitational.
 
Last year, when this tournament represented the last event to make points for the Ryder Cup, nerves were running high for some of the players looking to be a late edition to captain Langer's squad.
 
The year, however, Langer will not be regulated to watching from the sidelines, leaving him free to try and win the only European Tour tournament on German soil he has not won.
 
The 48-year-old German native has played remarkably well on both the PGA and European Tours this year, especially as he approaches eligibility for the senior circuit.
 
Although not having visited the winner's circle since the Volvo Masters Andalucia in 2002, Langer saved some of his best golf in recent memory for this year's majors.
 
Despite opening with a pair of 74s at the Masters, Langer closed out the weekend in Augusta with a 70-71 to post a top-20 finish at the site of his two greatest career triumphs. He then tried hanging with the young boys at Pinehurst and had a decent showing with a tie for 33rd.
 
He saved his best though for the Open Championship at St. Andrews where he put together four sub-par rounds to finish alongside the likes of Vijay Singh, Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen in a tie for fifth.
 
Another old-timer hoping to make news this is 51-year-old Eduardo Romero, who is aiming to make history by becoming the first player to win on the European Tour and European Seniors Tour in the same season.
 
The Argentine completed the first leg of a possible double with a dominant display in the Travis Perkins Senior Masters at Wentworth on Sunday when he beat the field by eight strokes.
 
A win at the BMW would also make him the oldest winner on The European Tour, surpassing the record held by Irelands Des Smyth, who was 48 years and 34 days old when he triumphed at the Madeira Island Open.
 
Lat year, Jimenez posted a 6-under 66 in the final round to outlast Thomas Levet and earned his fourth victory of the season.
 
This is the eighth straight year in which Golf Club MunchenNord-Eichenried is playing host and the 13th time overall. The European Tour moves to Switzerland next week for the Omega European Masters at Crans-sur-Sierre.
 
The Golf Channel will telecast all four days from Germany beginning Thursday at 9:30 a.m. (ET).
 
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    Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

    By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

    JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

    The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


    Full-field scores from the Joburg Open


    Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

    ''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

    Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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    Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm
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    Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

    By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

    Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

    Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

    Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

    The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.

    Newsmaker of the Year: No. 6, Dustin Johnson

    By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:00 pm

    Only Dustin Johnson could win four times in 2017 and it still feels as though he underachieved.

    That’s unfair, perhaps, but it’s a testament to Johnson’s awesome ability – and his incredible run of form last spring – that observers can’t help but shake the feeling that his year could have been even better.

    In February, he rose to the top of the world rankings for the first time, the culmination of a long, bizarre journey in which he often battled himself (through major blunders and, reportedly, drug-related suspensions) as much as his peers. Johnson’s blowout victory at Riviera was his first of three consecutive titles (including two WGCs), as he achieved Tiger-like levels of dominance and rolled into the Masters as the prohibitive favorite.


    Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year


    Expectations for this star-crossed talent are always different, and so the surprise wasn’t that he blew that major but that he didn’t even give himself a chance. In one of the biggest stunners of the year, Johnson’s manager announced on the eve of the first round that his client had suffered a back injury while slipping on a set of stairs in his rental house. Just like that, the year’s first major was thrown into chaos, with Johnson unable to play – the line of demarcation in his good-but-not-great year.

    Though he added a playoff victory at the end of the season, Johnson failed to factor in any of the remaining three majors and was surprisingly inconsistent, perhaps because of swing compensations after the injury.

    Would DJ have denied Sergio Garcia a green jacket? Would he have created even more separation at the top of the world rankings? Would he have defended his Player of the Year title? Unfortunately, we’ll never know.

    In typical DJ fashion, he left us to ponder what could have been.

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    Johnson: 'I definitely didn't play my best today'


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    Article: Johnson installed as Masters betting favorite

    Article: DJ injures back in fall, hopes to play Masters

    DJ on Masters WD: 'Want to play ... it sucks'

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    This and that: DJ and Paulina in 2017

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    DJ beats Spieth in playoff to earn fourth win of year

    Burr: 'For a great win there is an epic collapse'