SUNDAY JULY 8, ALSTOM OPEN DE FRANCE
· His second European Tour International Schedule victory in his 281st European Tour event.
· Moves to €1,089,420 in The Race to Dubai.
· Becomes the third German to win more than €1 million during a single European Tour season, following Bernhard Langer (2001) and Martin Kaymer (2008-2011).
· His first European Tour victory since the 2004 dunhill championship – a gap of eight years and 165 days.
· Has played in 226 European Tour events between victories.
· Since his 2004 victory, this performance beats his previous best of second in the 2006 Omega European Masters and tied second in the 2012 Avantha Masters.
· His third top four finish and his fifth top ten overall of the 2012 season.
· Becomes the third German to win the Alstom Open de France, following Bernhard Langer (1984) and Martin Kaymer (2009).
· His victory comes in his tenth appearance in the Alstom Open de France.
· His victory beats his previous best finish in the Alstom Open de France of tied eighth in 2004.
· The first German victory on The European Tour since Martin Kaymer at the 2011 WGC – HSBC Champions.
· The tenth victory on The European Tour in 2012 by a player in their 30s, from the 27 events so far.
· His largest European Tour prize of €525,000
· Gains a three year European Tour exemption until the end of 2015.
· Moves over €4 million in European Tour Official Career Earnings.
· Registers the 63rd German victory in European Tour history.
· Gains a place in the 2012 Open Championship, 2012 WGC – Bridgestone Invitational, 2012 WGC – HSBC Champions. and 2013 Volvo Golf Champions.
· His second victory as a professional.
· Registers the 16th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player on the 2012 European Tour from 27 events so far. They are: Louis Oosthuizen (Africa Open and Maybank Malaysian Open), Branden Grace (Joburg Open, Volvo Golf Champions and Volvo China Open), Robert Rock (Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (Omega Dubai Desert Classic), Justin Rose (WGC – Cadillac Championship), Julien Quesne (Open de Andalucía Costa del Sol), Michael Hoey (Trophée Hassan II), Thørbjorn Olesen (Sicilian Open), Bernd Wiesberger (Ballantine’s Championship), Ricardo Santos (Madeira Islands Open – Portugal) and Nicolas Colsaerts (Volvo World Match Play Championship) and Jamie Donaldson (Irish Open).
· Becomes the 300th European Tour victory by a former Challenge Tour player.