The inaugural Kärnten Golf Open by Markus Brier Foundation was memorable mainly for Christoph Günther’s record-breaking feats on the final day. The German, who earned his trade as a carpenter before turning to golf as a profession in his late teens, started the day five shots off the lead held by Spain’s Carlos Rodiles, but surged through the field with a ten under par round of 62 to take the title by one shot. Günther’s triumph was made all the more remarkable by the fact that, prior to his victory, he had endured a four-and-a-half year period of not making a single cut on the Challenge Tour, playing 20 events in that time. As a result, the week prior to the event he turned to hypnotherapy to try to find a cure, with quite spectacular results. European Tour champion Markus Brier, whose Foundation will again support the event this year, finished in a tie for fourth place at Golfclub Klagenfurt-Seltenheim, which will again host the event this year. The 6,286 metres, par 72 Championship Course was designed by Perry Dye, the eldest son of one of the world’s leading golf course designers, Peter Dye.