Marcel Siem GIVES IT LARGE after ending eight-year victory drought

German pro Marcel Siem claimed his fifth DP World Tour victory at the Indian Open, ending an eight-year stretch without a win.

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Sun, 26 Feb 2023
Marcel Siem GIVES IT LARGE after ending eight-year victory drought

German pro Marcel Siem admitted two years ago he wasn't sure if he was good enough to compete on the DP World Tour after he ended an eight-year wait for a victory. 

The 42-year-old claimed his fifth DP World Tour title with a stunning win at the Indian Open. 

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Siem eventually finished one shot clear of fellow German Yannik Paul after reaching 14-under at at DLF Golf & Country Club in New Delhi. 

He closed with a final round of 4-under 68. It was on No. 15 that Siem closed the door on his nearest challenger, holing his birdie putt from 15 feet. 

When Siem putted out on the 72nd hole, he took off his visor, threw it on the ground and put his hands in the air with utter jubilation. 

He told Sky Sports:

"I'm a winner again, come on!
"This means a lot because two years ago I wasn't even sure if I could still compete on the DP World Tour." 

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Siem is currently ranked 337th in the world. 

At one point in his career he fell outside the top 1000 and even lost his tour card in 2021.

But he returned to the Challenge Tour and regained his playing rights at qualifying school last November. 

In truth it was a relatively stress-free final round for Siem until he reached No. 13. 

Having built a two-shot lead with four birdies in the opening 11 holes, he saw his lead wiped out when he made a bogey and Paul made his birdie. 

The two-shot swing didn't seem to bother Siem for too long as he bounced back with a birdie two holes later and finished with three consecutive pars. 

Paul missed a birdie putt on 18 to force a playoff. Siem's victory earned him a winner's cheque of €320,819.24. 

Elsewhere, Joost Luiten finished in solo third on 12-under. 

Jorge Campillo, Kazuki Higa, Alexander Knappe, Thorbjorn Olesen, Simon Forrstrom, Gavin Green, Angel Hidalgo, Ryo Hisatsune and Pablo Larrazabal rounded out the top-10. 

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