Kalle Samooja catapults up the field from 22nd to the top with a sensational 64 (-8) on the final day of the 2022 Porsche European Open – and wins his first ever event on the DP World Tour.
For us, the seventh edition of the Porsche European Open was a very emotional tournament,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG.
Star guests Paul Casey and Mark Webber thrilled everybody with their presence.
The one-off Leader’s Car also sparked happy faces.
Thanks to one the best rounds in the history of the tournament, the Finn Kalle Samooja celebrates the win at the seventh edition of the Porsche European Open. It is the golfing highlight of an event that also thrilled everybody off course.
A record round to an historical victory: the Finn Kalle Samooja celebrates his first ever win on the DP World Tour at the seventh staging of the Porsche European Open. It has ended the run of English wins on the Porsche Nord Course since 2017. The 34-year-old Samooja gave his rivals no chance when recording the best round in the history of the tournament at Green Eagle Golf Courses. Two shots behind in second was the Dutchman Wil Besseling. The round of 64 (-8), three shots better than the tournament’s second best, was the first time Samooja had gone under par this week. It was only the third time in the long history of the DP World Tour that a pro has won a tournament with a single round under par.
“For us, the seventh edition of the Porsche European Open was a very emotional tournament,” says Detlev von Platen, Member of the Executive Board responsible for Sales and Marketing at Porsche AG. “In addition to the excellent top-class golf and an exciting event experience, we were especially pleased this year to see the large crowds at the venue. They created a fabulous atmosphere.”
Victor Perez provided one of the tournament highlights by hitting a hole-in-one in the third round on Saturday. As the Frenchman aced the second, it meant that he missed out on the hole-in-one prize. A Porsche Taycan Turbo S Sport Turismo was waiting on the 17th for a successful winner but to no avail once again this year. Neither the pros nor the visitors to the event that had qualified via the Public Hole-in-One for a shoot-out on the 17th were able to hole out with a single shot from 155 metres.
Mark Webber excited by the “world-class event”
The specially designed Taycan 4S Sport Turismo that acted as the Leader’s Car caused huge smiles on the faces of the leaders after the first three rounds – and on the face of the Porsche Brand Ambassador Mark Webber. Together with the designer Flemming Pinck, the former Endurance World Champion drove the one-off Porsche to the tournament venue on Wednesday and was visibly thrilled when arriving: “I’ve driven lots and lots of Porsche cars, but this one really is one to remember.” In the afternoon, the Australian played the Pro-am and called himself a “very happy man” before adding, “It’s a real honour to be a part of the Porsche-style world class event.”
Paul Casey a celebrated guest
Despite being injured, the Porsche Brand Ambassador Paul Casey travelled to Hamburg from Scottsdale, Arizona. “I feel like I’m a part of the Porsche family and the brand is very important to me. It’s also important to support this tournament as a Brand Ambassador and as the 2019 champion. It’s nice soaking up the great atmosphere here,” said Casey. During the tournament, the three-time Ryder Cup winner was on hand to sign autographs, debuted as a co-commentator, communicated intensively with the guests at the venue and, as a passionate sports car fan, inspected the new Porsche 911 Sport Classic.
Spectacular start atop the Elbphilharmonie Hamburg
Twin brothers Nicolai and Rasmus Højgaard went 120 metres atop the Elbphilharmonie concert hall to ring in the tournament week with a spectacular chipping contest. The brothers, who together have already celebrated five victories on the DP World Tour, aimed at a target 15-metres away – a bull’s eye made of special sand framed by 300 artificial grass tiles. “It was a quite unique experience,” said Rasmus Højgaard.
Porsche in golf
Porsche has been the title sponsor of the Porsche European Open, a DP World Tour event, since 2015 and the automobile manufacturer expanded its involvement in professional golf with automotive partnerships at tournaments on the Asian and the DP World Tour since 2019. Porsche has also been organising the Porsche Golf Cup for more than three decades. The tournament series is one of the company’s most successful customer events. Held for the first time in Germany in 1988, the Porsche Golf Cup has developed into an international event in which over 17,000 Porsche customers recently took part in 261 worldwide qualifying tournaments. Also highly successful is the Porsche Golf Circle, an international app-based community for keen golf-playing Porsche customers that was launched in 2017. The Porsche Golf Circle now has about 4,000 members. Paul Casey has been complementing the Porsche family as the first Brand Ambassador from the game of golf since 2020.
2022 Porsche European Open: Porsche brand ambassador Mark Webber during the Pro-am tournament with two-time Hockey Olympic Champion Moritz Fürste, Pro Max Kieffer and RTL television news presenter Peter Klöppel