Markus Brier

Markus Brier (born 5 July 1968) is one of relatively few Austrian touring professional golfers, and as of 2008 is his country's second highest ranked player, behind Bernd Wiesberger.

Markus Brier
Personal information
Full nameMarkus Brier
Born (1968-07-05) 5 July 1968 (age 52)
Vienna, Austria
Height1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Nationality Austria
ResidenceVienna, Austria
Turned professional1995
Former tour(s)European Tour
Professional wins6
Highest ranking91 (26 August 2007)[1]
Number of wins by tour
European Tour2
Asian Tour1
Challenge Tour2
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUT: 2007
U.S. OpenDNP
The Open ChampionshipT12: 2007

Brier won the Swiss and German Amateur Opens in the mid-1990s, and turned professional in 1995 at a relatively late age. Nine top ten finishes, including five top threes, on the 1999 Challenge Tour earned him third place on the season ending money list and playing privileges on the European Tour for 2000. He retained his tour card through his final position on the order of merit every year, except for 2002 and 2010 when he regained it through final qualifying school.

Since joining the European Tour, Brier has continued to play in his home event, the Austrian Open, winning it on two occasions during a period when it was a Challenge Tour event. In 2006 the tournament was promoted back onto the main European Tour schedule, now under the sponsored title BA-CA Golf Open. In its first year back, Brier once again took the title, in the process becoming the first Austrian golfer to win a European Tour event.[2] This win helped him to his then best year-end finish on the Order of Merit of 49th.

Brier's second European Tour win came in 2007 at the Volvo China Open and he improved his position on the year end Order of Merit to 32nd. He has also featured in the top 100 of the Official World Golf Rankings.

In 2012, Brier failed to regain his card at qualifying school. He failed to do so again in 2016 at age 48. He was the oldest competitor during 2016 Q School. Had he placed high enough, he would have been the oldest player to graduate to the European Tour via Q School.

Amateur wins (2)Edit

  • 1994 Swiss Amateur Open Championship
  • 1995 German Amateur Open Championship

Professional wins (6)Edit

European Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 11 Jun 2006 BA-CA Golf Open −18 (65-67-66-68=266) 3 strokes   Søren Hansen
2 15 Apr 2007 Volvo China Open1 −10 (72-68-67-67=274) 5 strokes   Scott Hend,   Graeme McDowell,
  Andrew McLardy

1Co-sanctioned by the Asian Tour

European Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2007 Telecom Italia Open   Gonzalo Fernández-Castaño Lost to birdie on second extra hole

Challenge Tour wins (2)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
1 2 Jun 2002 Austrian Golf Open −21 (67-67-62-71=267) 1 stroke   Gary Birch Jr.
2 5 Sep 2004 BA-CA Golf Open (2) −23 (65-63-66-67=261) 8 strokes   Roope Kakko,   Lee Slattery

Challenge Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 2008 MAN NÖ Open   André Bossert Lost to par on first extra hole

Alps Tour wins (1)Edit

Other wins (1)Edit

  • 2013 Zurich Open

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
The Open Championship CUT T46 CUT T12 CUT CUT
PGA Championship CUT

Note: Brier never played in the Masters Tournament nor the U.S. Open.

  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied

Team appearancesEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Week 34 2007 Ending 26 Aug 2007" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved 29 October 2019.
  2. ^ "Austrian Brier seals home victory". BBC Sport. 11 June 2006. Retrieved 2009-04-01.

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