The 2018 MercedesTrophy World Final was staged from 2 to 7 October. The final of the renowned worldwide MercedesTrophy customer tournament series took place in Stuttgart - the birthplace of the automobile. Three rounds on the Schloss Nippenburg and Solitude golf courses determined the winning team. In Stuttgart and Sindelfingen the international participants had an opportunity to experience the history, present and future of the Mercedes-Benz brand.
Stuttgart. The best of over 60,000 golfers from 60 nations competed in the 2018 MercedesTrophy World Final for the coveted Nations Cup trophy. In all, 31 national teams from five continents took part in the competition in Stuttgart. An exclusive six-day programme centring on golf and the Mercedes-Benz brand awaited the 192 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 of golf, Team Slovakia was victorious ahead of Team East Asia in the runner-up spot and Team USA in bronze position. The Team Spirit Award went to the formation from Australia, as a mark of recognition by all the participating teams for a particularly fair and friendly manner. In all, 183 birdies were achieved on the demanding course designed by brand ambassador Bernhard Langer at Schloss Nippenburg Golf Club and at the Solitude Golf Club in Stuttgart.
Furthermore, 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 Royal Portrush, Northern Ireland during the 2019 Open - the only Major to take place on European soil. This golfer's dream traditionally takes place on the Monday after the Major tournament – � � on the very same course as The Open, just hours after the iconic Claret Jug has been handed over to the Major winner. There was also an extra-special prize on offer: A hole in one on course 10 of the Solitude Golf Club in Stuttgart would have led to a Mercedes-Benz A-Class changing hands. Unfortunately, none of the players managed to sink the ball with a single shot to win the vehicle.
The route to Stuttgart was a success story for the participants in the 2018 MercedesTrophy World Final. Players first contested local MercedesTrophys, with the best performers going on to face each other in national or regional finals. Exactly three players qualified for each team in the World Final, where they came up against the 30 other teams.
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