In­ter­na­tional field of 96 play­ers at­tend MercedesTro­phy World Fi­nal.

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The MercedesTro­phy World Fi­nal was staged this year from 3 to 8 Oc­to­ber. The fi­nal of the renowned world­wide MercedesTro­phy cus­tomer tour­na­ment se­ries took place in Stuttgart the birth­place of the au­to­mo­bile.

The winners were de­cided over three rounds at two golf cour­ses in the re­gion. In Stuttgart and Sin­delfin­gen, the in­ter­na­tional guests had an op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence the his­tory, the present and fu­ture of the Mercedes-Benz brand.

German leg­end Bern­hard Langer dropped by for a two-day sur­prise visit and pro­vided plenty of use­ful golf­ing tips to the play­ers.

The best play­ers among more than 60,000 golfers from 60 na­tions com­peted in the MercedesTro­phy World Fi­nal for the cov­eted Na­tions Cup tro­phy. In all, 32 na­tional teams from five con­ti­nents took part in the com­pe­ti­tion in Stuttgart.

An ex­clu­sive five-day pro­gramme cen­ter­ing on golf and the Mercedes-Benz brand awaited the 96 par­tic­i­pants. A visit to the Cannstat­ter Wasen beer fes­ti­val was on the agenda, along with an out­ing to the Mercedes-Benz Mu­seum and a guided tour of the pro­duc­tion process at the plant in Sin­delfin­gen.

Af­ter three rounds, Team South Asia (In­done­sia, Malaysia, Sin­ga­pore) emerged vic­to­ri­ous at this year’s tour­na­ment, with Team Latin Amer­ica (Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador) fin­ish­ing as run­ners-up and Team North Asia (Hong Kong, Tai­wan, Viet­nam) tak­ing bronze. The Team Spirit Award went to the for­ma­tion from Mex­ico, as a mark of recog­ni­tion by all the par­tic­i­pat­ing teams for a par­tic­u­larly fair and friendly man­ner.

In all, 134 birdies were made on the de­mand­ing course de­signed by brand am­bas­sador Bern­hard Langer at Schloss Nip­pen­burg Golf Club and at the Soli­tude Golf Club in Stuttgart. Two-time ma­jor win­ner Bern­hard Langer chal­lenged the play­ers to per­sonal du­els - both at in­di­vid­ual level in a near­est-to-the-pin con­test and at group level in a com­pe­ti­tion based on gross rank­ings.

“It is the striv­ing for top per­for­mance and the ab­so­lute will to win that ce­ment the bond be­tween me and Mercedes-Benz. For me, the MercedesTro­phy World Fi­nal is a unique event of­fer­ing an op­por­tu­nity to meet golf and car en­thu­si­asts from all over the world. I’m al­ways de­lighted to be in­vited and to be part of the pro­ceed­ings,” Langer re­vealed.

Spe­cial rank­ings of­fered the par­tic­i­pants a chance to make dreams come true with just a sin­gle shot. The win­ner of the “Drive to the Ma­jor” rank­ing qual­i­fied for an­other round of golf: a qual­i­fi­ca­tion tour­na­ment for the so-called Mon­day Af­ter Tour­na­ment is held in the Carnoustie area dur­ing the 2018 Open. This golfer’s dream tra­di­tion­ally takes place on the Mon­day af­ter the ma­jor tour­na­ment – on the very same course at which the Open is held. There was also an ex­tra-spe­cial prize on of­fer. A hole-in-one on achieved at the 10th hole of the Soli­tude Golf Club in Stuttgart would have led to a MercedesBenz GLA 200d (fuel con­sump­tion, com­bined: 4.2 l/100 km, CO2 emis­sions, com­bined:110 g/km) chang­ing hands.

Un­for­tu­nately, none of the play­ers aced the hole.

“The MercedesTro­phy is a main­stay of our in­volve­ment in golf and has been an in­te­gral part of our ac­tiv­i­ties for decades. As a part­ner to golf world­wide, MercedesBenz brings to­gether peo­ple with a pas­sion for this sport and a spe­cial life­style. Once again, this year, the MercedesTro­phy World Fi­nal in Stuttgart proved a high­light of the sea­son for our golf en­thu­si­as­tic cus­tomers and the per­for­mance of the South Asia and North Asia teams re­spec­tively is a tes­ta­ment to the golf­ing tal­ent in our re­gion.” said Wolf­gang Hup­pen­bauer, Pres­i­dent and CEO, Daim­ler South East Asia. “Con­grat­u­la­tions to all winners and we look for­ward to the next MercedesTro­phy and many more ex­cit­ing mo­ments on the golf course!”

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