Of an exquisite stroke.
An icy autumn cold holds the Solitude Golf Club in Stuttgart in its grip as Kim Seung Je from Seoul stands at the tee of the tenth hole. The Korean rubs his clammy hands together, bends over and drops a few loose blades of grass to gauge the direction of the breeze. He puts the wood on the ground in front of him and squeezes his left eye shut. “Not easy”, he says softly, takes another practice swing and hits the ball off the pin with an almost perfect stroke. His French opponent follows the trajectory of the ball closely. “Good shot”, he comments and nods his head clearly impressed. The players’ intense focus is almost palpable as they pat each other on the back in appreciation. The golfers arrived in Stuttgart in late September from all over the world to play a tournament that is beyond comparison. The 24th edition of the MercedesTrophy World Final was played here from 26 September to 1 October 2013.