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Bio

In his childood Max often accompanied his parents to the golf course and at the age of five years he began playing golf at the Golf- und Land-Club Koeln e.V. 
As a member of the Hubbelrather Golf Club in Duesseldorf he was appointed to the German National Team at the age of 15 and is part of the Elite Team Germany.

As an amateur he won many titles like the German Championship, the victory of the St. Andrews Trophy and the Junior Ryder Cup. He started his professional career by qualifying for the European Challenge Tour in 2010 with a handicap of +4.

By winning the Gujarat Kensville Challenge in 2012 and finishing the 14th in the final tour ranking, he qualified for the European Tour (now DP World Tour) in 2013 and is now playing his 10th consecutive season on the best golf league in Europe and won in 2022 his first tournament on the DP World Tour, the D+D Real Czech Masters in Prague. 
  • Name

    Maximilian Kieffer

  • Nickname

    Kiwi

  • Born

    25th June 1990

  • Height

    1.80m

  • Lives in

    Duesseldorf, Germany

  • Tour

    European Tour

  • Pro since

    End of 2010

  • Wins

    2 (DP World Tour & Challenge Tour)

  • Awards

    Player of the Year 2013 & 2015 (PGA of Germany)

  • Team

    Elite Team Germany

2021

November 21

DP World Tour Championship

Max had qualified for the Tour Finals by finishing 49th in the Race to Dubai and was eligible to play with the Top-53 European Tour players at the final tournament of the season. At the Rolex Series event on the Jumeirah Golf Estate, he played rounds of 70, 70, 73 and 72 to finish in 44th place with -3 strokes.
In the overall ranking, Max finished the season in 52nd place after 25 tournaments and 869.9 points.

2021

April 25

Second runner-up finish in a row on the European Tour

At the Gran Canaria Lopesan Open, Max started on Thursday with a phenomenal round of 63 strokes (-7). This was followed by a round of 65 and a 68 on the course of Meloneras Golf, in Las Palmas (par 70). Max started the final round four strokes behind the leaders. With three birdies and a bogey on the front nine, he holed out for an eagle on the par-4 10th hole and scored four more birdies during the round. Max finished the tournament second place with a total of 22 strokes under par, the winner Garrick Higgo from South Africa won by three strokes in lead.

2021

April 18

Max played for the victory in Austria!

Fantastic performance! Max Kieffer finished 2nd at the Austrian Golf Open. After rounds of 72, 68 and 68, he started the final round one stroke behind the leaders. With a 66 (-6) he played his way into the play-off against John Catlin, which the American won after five extra holes. By finishing 2nd, he climbed to 36th place in the Race to Dubai ranking.

2020

December 6

Season 2020

2020 was a challenging year. As a professional athlete, Max actually travels a lot during the year, so he used the first lockdown for a short break and training sessions at home. As soon as tournaments could take place again on the European Tour, the joy was great, even if these did not run as usual due to the tournament bubble, hygiene measures and restrictions. In terms of results, Max lacked some consistency as well as the good scores at the prestigious Rolex tournaments, but nevertheless he used the year to optimize his game - especially his swing technique.

2020

July 9

UK Swing

After a four month break due to Corona, Max played the Austrian Open in July. Afterwards he travelled to Great Britain to participate in five of six tournaments of the UK Swing. He achieved his best results at the Hero Open in Birmingham (6T) and the Celtic Classic in Wales (14T).

2019

March 3

T2 at Oman Open

At the Oman Open 2019, Max reached a second place with 6 strokes under par, just one more stroke than winner Kurt Kitayama. One year before, he finished 23rd at the Al Mouj Golf course in Muscat.

2018

November 25

Max Kieffer and Martin Kaymer for Germany

At the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf 2018 in Melbourne, Max and Martin played together for Germany. At the unofficial Team World Cup they finished 26th with 290 strokes in total. In his first appearance in 2013 he and his playing partner Marcel Siem finished in 7th place.

2018

August 19

Win missed by only one stroke

With 13 strokes under par Max finished third at the Nordea Masters in Sweden. After sensational rounds of 68, 68, 66 and 65 he was only one stroke behind the South African Thomas Aiken and Paul Waring from England, who won the tournament after a sudden death play-off. Max has already finished 3rd at the Nordea Masters in 2015.

2017

August 21

German Team Championship 2017

For the third time in a row, the men of GC Hubbelrath have become German Team Champions. In the Final Four of the KRAMPSKI German Golf League, Max and the team from Duesseldorf won 6.5 to 5.5 against GC Hamburg Falkenstein at the Cologne Golf Club. 

2017

January 22

12th place in Abu Dhabi

At the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship Max finished 12th with 277 (-11) strokes. The year before he finished 16th on the same golf course. 

2016

Max finished 5th two times

At the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open in May Max finished fifth with 6 strokes under par. In August, he finished T-5th at the Aberdeen Asset Management Paul Lawrie Match Play and thus scored two of his best results of the season.

2015

23 cuts in a row

In 2015 Max played 29 European Tour tournaments, of which he made 27 cuts and impressive 23 cuts in a row. This season was his most successful time in the highest European golf league.

2015

June 7

3rd place at the Nordea Masters

With six strokes under par and rounds of 68, 69, 70 and 75, Max finished third at the ET tournament in Malmö, Sweden. The Swedish Alex Noren won the tournament with 12 strokes under par.

2014

May 18

5th place in Spain

At the Open de España, Max once again competed for victory - this year at the PGA Catalunya Resort in Girona. After rounds of 75, 69, 69 and 73 he reached the shared 5th place with two strokes under par. The tournament was won by Miguel Ángel Jimènez from Spain with four strokes under par.

2013

November 24

7th at World Cup of Golf

At the ISPS Handa World Cup of Golf, Max Kieffer and Marcel Siem as Team Germany competed against 27 other teams. At the Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia Max finished the tournament with 284 strokes, Marcel with 289 strokes. With 573 strokes in total they reached the shared 7th place for Germany.

2013

April 21

Max in the longest playoff in ET history

In the finals of the Open de España, Max entered the Sudden Death Playoffs together with the Chilean Felipe Aguilar and the French player Raphael Jacquelin. After four rounds, all three players had a result of 283 strokes (5 under par). After three extra holes, the match continued between Max and Jacquelin only, but after further six holes Jacquelin won the tournament and Max finished second. At this time it was the longest playoff in European Tour history. 

2012

January 29

Winner of Gujarat Kensville Challenge

Max won his first tournament on the European Challenge Tour and also the first tournament of the year. After rounds of 70, 71, 70, 70 and 7 strokes under par he won the tournament in Ahmedabad, India. He finished the season ranked 14th and qualified therefore for the highest golf league in Europe, the European Tour. With the tournament victory and the qualification Max achieved two personal goals in one season. 

2011

May 8

2nd in France

For the first time in his professional career, Max played for the victory in a tournament. At the Allianz Challenge de France in Paris, Max finished 2nd with 15 strokes under par and a playoff against Nicolas Meitinger (rounds of 69, 67, 69, 64).

2010

Golden Badge of Honor

For many years, the German Golf Association (DGV) has been awarding players for special achievements with the Golden Badge of Honor. Max received this award in 2010 for his very successful amateur career. He accepted the award in Frankfurt during the gala dinner of the annual association meeting.

2010

December 10

Qualifying for Challenge Tour

Max officially became a Professional Golfer at the age of 20. At the Final Stage of the Qualifying Tour in Girona, Spain, he finished 54th after 6 rounds and 5 strokes under par and earned the membership for the Challenge Tour 2011. 

2010

July 28

Winner of St. Andrew's Trophy

Max won the St. Andrews Trophy with Team Europe with a score of 14 -10 against Team Great Britain & Ireland. The winning putt was made by Max, he scored against Michael Stewart from Scotland and so he won the tournament for Europe.

2009

Victory of the International Amateur Championship

Max won the IAM at the Gut Kaden Golf und Land Club with 16 strokes under par. He finished the first round with a 64 and a new course record and won the tournament by leading with two strokes.

2009

Florida Gators

Max studied at the University of Florida and played successfully for the Gators Golf Team. It was a valuable experience in which Max was able to develop personally and athletically.

2006

Junior Ryder Cup

Max could fulfill his dream and compete in the Junior Ryder Cup for Team Europe. At the Celtic Manor Resort in Newport (Wales), he scored 4 out of 4 points with Sean Einhaus on day one, but unfortunately didn't score any points with Laura Gonzales-Escallon on the second day.
The Junior Ryder Cup ended in a 6 - 6 draw and Team Europe kept the Cup as defending champion.

2006

July 29

Winner European Young Masters

At the age of 16, Max won the European Young Masters in Austria. After rounds of 70, 68, 69 and winning the playoff against French golfer Victor Dubuisson, he won the international youth championship at the Styrian Golf Club Murhof.

1990

June 25

Childhood

Max was born on 25th June 1990 in Bergisch Gladbach and grew up with his parents in Duesseldorf. Due to his golf enthusiastic family he learned to play golf at the age of five at a Golfclub in Cologne.