The European Tour's German Masters Golf Tournament

The German Masters, which was called the Mercedes-Benz Championship the last few times it was played, was a golf tournament on the European Tour. It was played more than 20 times from the 1980s into the early 2000s.

First played: 1987

Last played: 2009

This tournament, for which German golf legend Bernhard Langer served as co-promoter and host, was, fittingly, won most often by ... Langer. He won it four times. Langer was runner-up another four times, including the first year.

While some impressive names in European Tour golf appear on the roster of champions below, no other golfer won more than once.

The second-to-last of Seve Ballesteros' 50 European Tour wins happened in the 1994 German Masters. ... Sergio Garcia and Darren Clarke each claimed the second wins of their careers here. ... K.J. Choi set the tournament scoring records of 262 and 26-under-par in 2003.

Also known as: It was called the German Masters its first three years, then the Mercedes German Masters until 1995. The title sponsor was Linde (Linde German Masters) from 1995 through 2005. Its final three years, the name was Mercedes-Benz Championship.

Winners of the German Masters Golf Tournament

2009 — James Kingston, 275
2008 — Robert Karlsson, 275
2007 — Soren Hansen, 271
2006 — Not played
2005 — Retief Goosen, 268
2004 — Padraig Harrington, 275
2003 — K.J. Choi, 262
2002 — Stephen Leaney, 266
2001 — Bernhard Langer, 266
2000 — Michael Campbell, 197 (shortened to 54 holes due to bad weather)
1999 — Sergio Garcia, 277
1998 — Colin Montgomerie, 266
1997 — Bernhard Langer, 267
1996 — Darren Clarke, 264
1995 — Anders Forsbrand, 264
1994 — Seve Ballesteros, 270
1993 — Steven Richardson, 271
1992 — Barry Lane, 272
1991 — Bernhard Langer, 275
1990 — Sam Torrance, 272
1989 — Bernhard Langer, 276
1988 — Jose Maria Olazabal, 279
1987 — Sandy Lyle, 278

Golf courses: The German Masters debuted in 1987 at Stuttgarter GC Solitude and stayed there through 1993. Then it moved to Berliner G&CC Motzener See for four years. In 1998 through the end, it was played at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, a Jack Nicklaus design in Pulheim, northeast of Cologne.

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