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European TourVIENNA, Austria -- Ireland's Padraig Harrington won the Irish Open. Welshman Bradley Dredge nearly claimed his own national title at the Wales Open. This week, Markus Brier will be attempting to accomplish something a little different.
 
The Austrian will be looking to defend a history-making title he won last year.
 
'I had tears in my eyes on the 18th green,' Brier gushed after last season's BA-CA Open, where he beat Soren Hansen by three shots with a three-under 68 on Sunday.
 
Not only was it Brier's first European Tour win -- he had won the event twice when it was part of the Challenge Tour -- but it was also the first win of any kind by an Austrian on the circuit's international schedule.
 
Since then, Brier has won the Volvo China Open (in April) and posted a handful of other top finishes to make a berth in the next Ryder Cup a real possibility.
 
He would be the first-ever Austrian member of the Ryder Cup.
 
'To play in The Ryder Cup would be a dream come true and the wins have brought me nearer to believing I can do it,' he told the European Tour. 'When I came on tour seven years ago I was far away from even winning a tournament, but you have to keep believing in yourself and that is what I have done.'
 
This week, he will be joined in the field by three members of the last European Ryder Cup team: Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.
 
The GOLF CHANNEL will have coverage of all four rounds. Next week, the European Tour schedule has two official events: the U.S. Open and the Aa St. Omer Open.
 
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