European Golf Tour
PGA European - Lyoness Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 6th through Sunday, June 9th
SITE: Diamond Country Club, Atzenbrugg, Austria
COURSE ARCHITECT: Jeremy Pern (2000)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,410
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 504 Yds10 - Par 5 506 Yd
2 - Par 4 437 Yds11 - Par 3 202 Yd
3 - Par 4 474 Yds12 - Par 4 376 Yd
4 - Par 4 370 Yds13 - Par 5 545 Yd
5 - Par 3 225 Yds14 - Par 4 405 Yd
6 - Par 5 582 Yds15 - Par 3 159 Yd
7 - Par 5 591 Yds16 - Par 4 411 Yd
8 - Par 4 490 Yds17 - Par 4 468 Yd
9 - Par 3 208 Yds18 - Par 4 457 Yd
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36 3,881 Yds36 3,529 Yd
 
Annual:  23rd (8th on European Tour)
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 9 a.m.-12 p.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 8-11 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  Bernd Wiesberger
Runner-Up:  Thomas Levet, Shane Lowry
Tournament Record:  261 (Markus Brier, 2004)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Markus Brier, 2004)
36-Hole Record:  127 (Jeev Milkha Singh, 2008)
18-Hole Record:  60 (Rafael Cabrera-Bello, 2009)
Total Purse:  $1,308,248 (1,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $215,539; 2nd Place - $143,697; 3rd Place - $80,959
 
2012 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
Bernd Wiesberger269Chris Doak275
Thomas Levet272Benjamin Hebert275
Shane Lowry272Richard Bland276
Rikard Karlberg273Scott Jamieson276
Thorbjorn Olesen274Two players at277
 
Past Lyoness Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2012Bernd Wiesberger (269) -- Thomas Levet, Shane Lowry
2011*Kenneth Ferrie (276) -- Simon Wakefield
2010*Jose Manuel Lara (271) -- David Lynn
2009Rafael Cabrera-Bello (264) -- Benn Barham
2008#Jeev Milkha Singh (198) -- Simon Wakefield
2007*Richard Green (268) -- Jean-Francois Remesy
2006Markus Brier (266) -- Soren Hansen
2005Michael Hoey (265) -- Steven Jeppesen
2004Markus Brier (261) -- Roope Kakko, Lee Slattery
2003*Robert Coles (275) -- Steven Bowditch
2002Markus Brier (267) -- Gary Birch, Jr.
2001Chris Gane (270) -- Andrew Marshall
2000Not Held
1999*Juan Ciola (263) -- Elliot Boult
1998Kevin Carissimi (269) -- Markus Brier, Per Jacobson, David R. Jones
1997Erol Simsek (266) -- Kevin Carissimi, David Lynn, Steen Tinning
1996Paul McGinley (269) -- David Lynn, Juan Carlos Pinero
1995Alex Cejka (267) -- Ignacio Garrido, Rolf Muntz, Ronan Rafferty
1994Mark Davis (270) -- Philip Walton
1993*Ronan Rafferty (274) -- Anders Sorensen
1992Peter Mitchell (271) -- Peter Fowler, David Russell, Jamie Spence
1991Mark Davis (269) -- Michael McLean
1990*Bernhard Langer (271) -- Lanny Wadkins

* - Won in Playoff

# - Weather-Shortened

Note:Formerly called Austrian Open (1990, 2001), Mitsubishi Austrian Open
(1991-92), Hohe Brucke Austrian Open (1993), Hohe Brucke Open (1994-96), Matchmaker Austrian Open (1997), Diners Club Austrian Open (1998-99), BA-CA Golf Open (2003-07), Bank Austria GolfOpen (2008), Austrian GolfOpen (2009-11).

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2009201020112012
Bernd Wiesbergermc---T-5Won
Thomas LevetT-39------T-2
Rikard Karlberg---------4th
Pablo LarrazabalmcT-32---T-10
Gary Boyd------T-45T-40
Jose Manuel Lara---Wonmcmc
Markus BrierT-17T-45mcmc
David HorseyT-10------mc
Miguel A. Jimenez---T-15T-14---
Thomas Bjorn------------
Soren Kjeldsen------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Bernd Wiesberger
Darkhorse - Rikard Karlberg
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (Francesco Molinari) - Finished tied for 21st
Last Week's Darkhorse (James Kingston) - Did not play
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to Austria this week for the 23rd Lyoness Open. Only four of the top-100 players in the world are in the field -- defending champion Bernd Wiesberger (61), Miguel Angel Jimenez (77), Thomas Bjorn (87) and Pablo Larrazabal (100).

Austrian native Wiesberger has played very well this season on the European Tour, making the cut in all 10 events he has played. He has not missed a cut in 15 straight events dating back to October of 2012. Wiesberger's best finish this year was third place last week at the Nordea Masters.

Diamond Country Club is hosting for the fourth straight year. Fontana Golf Club staged this tournament the previous seven seasons. Diamond Country Club was designed by English architect Jeremy Pern, the former Vice President of the British Institute of Golf Course Architects.

Last year, Wiesberger delighted the home galleries when he came from behind to win. Wiesberger played the last 10 holes of the final round in 7-under par, including a back-nine 30. He signed for a 65 and won the title at 19-under 269, which was good for a 3-stroke victory over Thomas Levet and Shane Lowry. The win was Wiesberger's second on the European Tour and second of 2012. He became the first Austrian to record multiple victories in the same European Tour season.

Wiesberger became the second Austrian to win this title. Markus Brier won in 2002, 2004 and 2006. This event was played on the European Challenge Tour from 1997-2005. Brier is the only multiple winner, having won in 2002 and 2004 on the Challenge Tour and in 2006 as part of the European Tour.

Matthias Schwab, a 15-year-old amateur from Austria, tied for 32nd in 2010 at minus-5. It was the best ever finish by a 15-year-old on the European Tour, as he bettered the finishes that Sergio Garcia and Jason Hak had at that age. Schwab finished tied for 45th in 2011 and missed the cut in 2012. He will compete in the tournament again this year.

In 2009, Spain's Rafael Cabrera-Bello fired an 11-under 60 in the final round to come from behind and win. Cabrera-Bello completed his first European Tour victory at 20-under-par 264 for a 1-shot win over Benn Barham. He became only the 13th player on the circuit to shoot a 60. With his closing 60, he erased an 8-stroke deficit entering the final round. He had a chance at being the first European Tour player to ever shoot 59, but, needing an eagle at the 18th, he 2-putted for birdie from over 50 feet to finish at 20-under.

Cabrera-Bello became just the third player in European Tour history to fire a 60 and win the tournament, joining Ian Woosnam (1990 Monte Carlo Open) and Jamie Spence (1992 European Masters).

Jeev Milkha Singh parred all 18 holes in the final round in 2008 en route to the win. Singh posted an even-par 71 to complete the rain-shortened event at 15-under-par 198. Singh joined Nick Faldo (1987 British Open) as the only players to win a European Tour event after recording 18 pars in the final round. The event was shortened after heavy rain completely washed out Thursday's play. Singh established a new 36-hole record of 127.

Brier posted a 3-under 68 in the final round in 2006 to win by three strokes over Soren Hansen. Brier completed his first European Tour win at 18-under-par 266. Brier's victory in his home country marked the first time that a golfer from Austria had won on the European Tour. It also marked just the second time in European Tour history that a golfer was attached to the course where he won. Graeme McDowell won the 2002 Scandinavian Masters, where he was attached to Kungsangen Golf Club.

In 2006, German Max Kramer became the first amateur in European Tour history to record an albatross. He double eagled the ninth hole in the first round with a 6-iron from 180 yards. Kramer, however, still missed the cut by six strokes. Chris Morton is the only other player to record an albatross in event history, registering his in 1992 during the first round. There have been four holes-in-one, the last coming in 2006 when Brier aced the 11th hole during the opening round.

The European Tour heads to the United States next week for the second major of the year, the U.S. Open Championship, where American Webb Simpson will defend his title at Merion Golf Club in Pennsylvania. The rest of the European Tour will be in France for the Najeti Hotels et Golfs Open, where Darren Fichardt won in 2012.

06/04 15:43:40 ET

As of June 4, 2013, at 03:43 PM ET