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The European Tour travels back to Germany for the second time in two weeks for the Linde German Masters in Cologne, Germany.
 
Bernhard Langer, who co-promotes the event, is set to defend his title against one of the stronger fields of the season, which will include newly-crowned PGA champion Rich Beem.
 
A four-time winner of this event, Langer is coming off a second-place finish at the BMW Open two weeks ago that was also played in his home country of Germany.
 
With one of the largest purses on the European Tour, the list of past winners reads like a who's who of European golf. Jose Maria Olazabal ('88), Sam Torrance ('90), Seve Ballesteros ('94), Darren Clarke ('96), Colin Montgomerie ('98), Sergio Garcia ('99), and Micheal Campbell in 2000 are all champions in this prestigous event, though no one has won the event twice, let alone four times, as has the resiliant Langer.
 
One of the reasons for the strong field is due to next week's WGC-American Express Championship played in Ireland and the following week's 34th edition of the Ryder Cup matches that are played in England.
 
In addition to Beem, John Daly, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and Retief Goosen will be in the field to try to unseat the host Langer.
 
Statistical Preview for the Linde German Masters