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Markus Brier hopes for Ryder Cup place

Markus Brier believes his Austrian Open win 12 months ago put him in the right frame of mind to achieve his ambition of playing in the Ryder Cup.

The 38-year-old Austrian defends his title at the Fontana Golf Club in Vienna this week, having had his confidence further boosted by victory at the China Open in April.

"To play in the Ryder Cup would be a dream come true and the wins have brought me nearer to believing I can do it," Brier told the European Tour's Web site.

"Without doubt the thing which started all this was my win at Fontana last year. Your first win is always pretty special but especially when it is at home."

Brier's three-stroke triumph over Dane Soren Hansen gave Austria its maiden tour title and made the champion believe he could also become the first player from his country to play in the Ryder Cup.

"It has done wonders for me and for golf and golf coverage in Austria," he said. "It has doubled the media attention of the sport and I am getting phone calls which would not have happened a couple of years ago."

Joining Brier in the chase for the first prize of 216,660 euros ($291,600) will be Ryder Cup trio Darren Clarke, Colin Montgomerie and Lee Westwood.


June 6, 2007

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