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Marcel Siem What's In The Bag & Player Profile

By: | Mon 27 Feb 2023

MARCEL SIEM won his sixth DP World Tour title at the 2024 Italian Open - following his long awaited return to the winners circle at the Hero Indian Open in 2023.  He edged out Northern Ireland's Tom McKibbin in a playoff.

Siem won four titles between 2004 and 2014 but had to wait until to win again on the DP World Tour, although he did win Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge on the European Challenge Tour in 2021.

Marcel Siem

For Tom McKibbin, he may have lost the Italian Open in the playoff but he has the considerable satisfaction in knowing that he has done enough to qualify for The Open Championship at Troon.

At the Adriatic Golf Club Cervia, McKibbin made the cut on the number and started the final round six shots behind the leaders, but a six-under-par 65 saw him reach 10 under and set the clubhouse lead.

That did not initially look good enough to be in contention, especially when Siem and Antoine Rozner both reached 13 under.

However, the leaders faltered down the stretch and, three hours after he had finished his round, McKibbin was in line for victory as the final pair reached the 18th hole.

But Siem holed a putt from 22 feet on the last to force the play-off and the 43-year-old German then birdied the same hole to secure victory.

As well as his spot at the Open, McKibbin's second-place finish also lifted him from 20th to eighth in the Race to Dubai rankings.

Siem said: "I love this sport and these moments, I work really hard for them. When you get rewarded like this, it’s a very special moment. I think it’s the second oldest trophy on mainland Europe. So I’ve got the French Open and this one now, I’m so proud of that. My journey is just beginning, it feels like.

"My big goal is to get in the Ryder Cup once. I’ve never played the Ryder Cup or The Masters. These are the two big goals for me and whatever happens on the way there, I’ll take it and keep working even harder. I’m just loving it. I love my life at the moment. It’s great."

He began the week in Italy in 126th place in the Race to Dubai - the win lifts him to 31st. The win also sees Siem move up to 129th in the world, his highest ranking to date.

Player Profile

Siem was born in Mettmann, Germany, on July 15, 1980. His parents ran a golf club restaurant at Burge Overbach in Cologne. He turned professional in 2000 and qualified for the DP World Tour two years later.

His first win on the European Tour came at the Dunhill Championship in 2004. He had to wait eight years before picking up his second win in 2012 at the French Open. That was also the year he enjoyed his best finish in the order of merit, ending the season in 14th place.

In March 2013, Siem won for the third time at the Trophy Hassan. He went wire-to-wire to win by three strokes andl finished the tournament ranked 51st in the world, just missing out on an invitation to The Masters.

In November 2014, Siem won the BMW Masters, the first event of the Race to Dubai finals series and his fourth overall on the European Tour. He won in a sudden death playoff, beating Alex Levy and Ross Fisher  with a birdie on the first extra hole.

Siem represented Germany at the World Cup in 2003, 2004, and 2006. In 2006 he helped Bernhard Langer to win the World Cup.

He lost his playing privileges and returned to the Challenge Tour, regaining his card when he won the 2021 Le Vaudreuil Golf Challenge.

Last year he won the Hero Indian Open.

Last 5 Events

Italian Open - 1st

Volvo Car Scandinavian Mixed - T51st

European Open - T95th

Soudal Open - T147th

Bahrain Championshio - T23rd

Key Stats (DP World Tour: 2024)

Driving Distance - 298.81 Yards

Driving Accuracy - 48.1%

Greens in Regulation - 61.11%

Sand Saves - 62.71%

Putts Per Round - 27.72

Scoring Average - 71.03

End of Year World Ranking Position

2020: 634

2021: 202

2022: 331

2023: 150

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