Marcel Siem has been crowned February’s Golfer of the Month presented by DP World after receiving 45.1 per cent of the public vote, following a memorable return to the DP World Tour winner's circle at the Hero Indian Open.
Two weeks on from making his 500th Tour appearance, Siem claimed a long-awaited fifth DP World Tour title as a closing 68 saw him claim a one-shot victory at the 56th edition of India’s national open.
The 42-year-old, who secured his card for the 2023 season at the Qualifying School in November, went into the final round one shot behind overnight leader Yannik Paul and made four birdies over the first 11 holes to lead by two. However, a two-shot swing at the 13th left the countrymen level at the top of the leaderboard. Siem recovered well to birdie the 15th from 15 feet for a fifth birdie of the day, before three closing pars ensured he finished on 14-under to become the first German to win India’s national open. His triumph came after back-to-back top 20s in Singapore and Thailand and lifted him 44 places to eighth in the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex.
Siem, one of the DP World Tour’s most popular figures, follows January’s winner Rory McIlroy in being voted Golfer of the Month presented by DP World.
Second in the voting was Thorbjørn Olesen with 29.3 per cent, who produced a dominant display to win the Thailand Classic as he claimed his seventh DP World Tour title with a brilliant four-shot victory at Amata Spring Country Club. The Dane began the final day with a two-shot lead and cruised home as a bogey-free 66 saw him finish at 24 under par, the low winning total so far this season. He has now converted a 54-hole lead into victory on six occasions. Victory saw him climb to fifth on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex and return to the top 100 of the Official World Golf Ranking.
Daniel Gavins was next in the voting after a dramatic victory at the Ras Al Khaimah Championship, finding the water twice on the last hole to almost throw away his chance of victory before holing a putt from 25 feet for a double bogey that proved enough to take home the title.
Ockie Strydom finished fourth after storming to a second DP World Tour title in six starts as a spotless final-round nine under par 63 saw him claim a one-shot victory at the Singapore Classic.