15 Things You Didn't Know About Max Kieffer

Get to know German European Tour player Max Kieffer a little better...

Things You Didn't Know About Max Kieffer
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Get to know German European Tour player Max Kieffer a little better...

15 Things You Didn't Know About Max Kieffer

1. He was born in Bergisch Gladbach, to the east of Cologne, and he now lives in Dusseldorf, just north up the River Rhine

2. He started playing golf aged 5

3. He grew up playing at Hubbelrath Golf Club in Dusseldorf, the same course as Martin Kaymer

4. He was part of the winning European team at the 2010 St Andrews Trophy

5. He attended the University of Florida

6. He turned professional in 2010 off a handicap of +4

7. His only professional victory to date came at the 2012 Gujarat Kensville Challenge in India on the Challenge Tour

8. He has lost in two playoffs on the European Tour - at the 2013 Open de Espana and 2021 Austrian Open

9. His playoff defeat at the 2013 Open de Espana was record equalling as it lasted nine holes before Raphael Jacquelin sealed the title

10. At the 2015 Irish Open, he shot 65 to break the Royal County Down course record

11. He cites his interests as skiing, football and music

12. His career-best world ranking is 169th

13. Kieffer qualified for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to represent Germany

14. He was inspired to be a professional golfer after watching Tiger Woods win the 1997 Masters

15. His biggest cheque as a pro was €149,500 at the 2021 Gran Canaria Lopesan Open

Elliott Heath
News Editor

Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news team as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as five Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays off of a six handicap. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!

Elliott is currently playing:

Driver: Titleist TSR4

3 wood: Titleist TSi2

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H1

Irons: Mizuno MP5 5-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Srixon Z Star XV