Golfer Sim: From the successor of Bernard Langer to the plump Polly | NDR.de – Sports

Status: 03.06.2022 8:10 PM

At the European Open in Winsen an der Lohe, Marcel Siem revisits the times he thought were forgotten. After two rounds, he finished eighth with 143 strokes (one below par). Five shots behind England leader Jordan Smith.

by Matthew Kaman

In 2020, the days of professional golfer Sim, considered the successor to Bernard Langer at the turn of the millennium, seemed numbered. Due to the lack of results, he lost his right to start in the first European League. And so the 41-year-old was faced with the decision: either compete again in the lower-tier Challenge Round against players twenty years younger than him, or stop altogether.

Siem, who was also in financial trouble despite having millions in prize money, decided to try again – thus starting a surprising and, above all, successful comeback.

Sim: “Unbelievable experience”

Dirk Schimmel, who also took care of Martin Kaymer during his successful years, became his new advisor. And in front of his daughter, he won the emotional Challenge Tour of France last year. The following week he automatically secured a place in the only major European tournament, the Open Championship.

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Sim was in group 1 in the links course in St. George two days later and took an exciting 15th place in the Best in the World. A comeback he didn’t think was possible and: “An amazing experience. So many hugged me so warmly when I got back. It was so good for me.”

Marcel Sim is a passionate person. This makes it more difficult to pass the challenging special stages as well as the lower sports levels. His wife Laura was diagnosed with cancer which is now gone as far as one can know. He survived a nagging wrist injury by “90 percent”.

Green Eagle, favorite place

Good prerequisites for a successful performance in his preferred location in Germany. And a fact. At first, the guy with the braid managed to get around on an equal footing. First on the fifth start in Winsen an der Luhe: “You can see how much heart and soul Bleschi puts into this facility. It’s a great game, but also an incredibly challenging track.”

“Bleschi” means Michael Bleach. At the same time the owner and chief maintenance officer of Green Eagle golf courses and a close friend of Siem’s ​​for years. That’s why the 41-year-old spends a few days training at Winsen from time to time.

Siim is well prepared

Big advantage. You must be mentally prepared for the course, which is approximately 7000 meters long and contains 17 out of the 18 holes with water hazards. “We’re used to attacking five-holes with two hits. And that usually doesn’t work here. And with parity 4 you don’t have 9 irons or a wedge in the green as usual, but 5 or 6 irons. That’s a huge difference and makes it incredibly stressful.”

Germany’s first championship win since 2014?

So he will be there when it comes to winning the championship this weekend. It will be the first time for a German professional since November 2014, when Marcel Sime just won: “I know it’s sinking in me, I have to get it out again. I would like to win again and of course that would be great. In front of a German audience.”

Dream of a big leap in the world rankings

But he has other goals. To beat his best place in the world rankings. That was number 49. He would have liked to play in this year’s British Open, which is being held for the 150th time. In 2004, Sims celebrated their first major championship at the “Home of Golf” in St Andrews, Scotland, north of Edinburgh.

Problem: Sim hasn’t qualified yet – and the odds are dwindling as the tournament approaches. But he has a plan B: “I was thinking of writing a letter to the organizers of ‘Open’ in St. Andrews, asking if they could give me an invite. I heard they could give a little of it.”

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