Marcel Siem has won three times in his career on the European Tour with his most recent victory coming at the Hassan II Trophy in Morocco last week. He was the wire to wire winner, recording a three shot victory when all was said and done.
The German finished two shots ahead of Mikko Ilonen and David Horsey, even though they gave him a run for his money on Sunday. “I’m super happy, really proud that I stayed that calm,” Siem said. “There was a lot of pressure, Mikko had a great start again, so I’m really happy that I scrambled well and came back nicely.
The victory gave Siem a quality chance at getting into the Masters in 10 days. He started out the week ranked 72nd in the world and needed to get inside of the top 50 to be able to play at Augusta National. He came ever so close to that mark, but ultimately fell just short, ending up ranked 51st in the world and missing out on the Masters by .03 ranking points.
It would have meant a great deal to Siem if he would have made the field at Augusta. “It’s been my dream since I was a kid so if that comes true it will be unbelievable. It would be wonderful to play the Masters,” said Siem. “I just want to be on that ground. I’m not going to cry but it would be very emotional. I remember as a kid watching Bernhard Langer winning it. I also loved Greg Norman and remember how unlucky he was there.”
It has to be heartbreaking to miss out on the chance of a lifetime by such a narrow margin. After his victory, he had to wait for the Shell Houston Open to conclude to see whether or not he got into the Masters. I can’t even imagine how tense that wait had to be, only to fall just short. If he keeps playing as well as he had to start the year, Siem should be a shoe-in to make it to Augusta in 2014.