Top Euros Commit to Deutsche Bank Open


ST. LEON-ROT -- Shortly before the start of the 2004 Deutsche Bank-SAP Open, another five world-class players have given the organizer their firm commitment.
Darren Clarke, Paul Casey, Ian Poulter, Brian Davis and Lee Westwood complete the list of the top -12 on the current Order of Merit of the European Tour, and they will all tee off on the championship course of the Golf Club St. Leon-Rot from May 20th to 23rd.
On top, Australias Adam Scott, who won the PGA Tour's Players Championship, the sister tournament of the Tournament Players Championship of Europe, just a few weeks ago, has confirmed his start at the The Best of Golf.
Paul Casey is currently ranked 26th in the world rankings which makes him the best-placed English player. A position that he last confirmed impressively at the Masters where he finished 6th.
Ian Poulter already has five win tournaments in the past three years. The 28-year-old is one of the most conspicuous players on international golf courses which can be attributed not only to his athletic qualities but to his flamboyant clothes and hairstyle, too.
Thus, besides the No. 3 in the world rankings, Ernie Els, title holder Padraig Harrington and the established stars, Colin Montgomerie, Nick Price, Retief Goosen and Nick Faldo, the young brigade of European top professionals will also play for record prize money at the first highlight of the European golf season, the Deutsche Bank ' SAP Open.
Furthermore - another first in this season - Germanys exceptional golfers, Bernhard Langer and Alexander Cejka, will swing their clubs on European soil. The group of German players starting in the 156-man field of the Deutsche Bank ' SAP Open will be completed by Marcel Siem and Tobias Dier, both tour winners, as well as a further eight pros who still have the chance to qualify for one of the coveted starting places via the national ranking list.