More than a Game

Caro Masson
I've always felt as though I'm part of the ECCO GOLF family.

Caro Masson

Caro Masson

Before Caro Masson became a professional golfer, with an impressive handicap of +4.8 in 2009, she had already enjoyed a decorated amateur career as member of the German national team and at the Oklahoma State University while playing college golf in the USA.

Caro remembers her time as an OSU Cowgirl alongside other great players very fondly: "There were some really excellent players when I was playing for Oklahoma State,” she says. "Rickie Fowler, Peter Uihlein and Caroline Hedwall, for example. It was a really amazing time.”

Multiple Junior Solheim Cup appearances, German Ladies' Championship titles, and a European Ladies' Team Championship victory were a clear indication of a bright future on the horizon on the Ladies European Tour and the LPGA Tour.

Caro's grandfather, Claus, can claim credit for introducing her to the game of golf after taking his granddaughter to his home club when she was just five years old.

Interested in all sports that included a ball, Caro also enjoyed playing football and tennis, taught by her father who worked as a tennis coach in the D?sseldorf area. But winning a club championship at her golf club at the age of 13 made the decision of which sport to choose for the future very easy.
After winning numerous national and international titles, and following several years of representing Golf Club Hubbelrath in the German Golf Bundesliga, Caro participated in the Ladies European Tour Qualifying School 2009 as an amateur and won the event outright.

Soon after that success she turned pro, playing on the Ladies European Tour for three years, and during those first seasons as a professional Caro achieved 17 top-ten finishes, finished runner-up on five occasions, and won the South African Women's Open in 2012. She also led the Women's British Open 2011 at Carnoustie after rounds two and three and finished tied for fifth after the final round.

Shortly after her maiden professional win in South Africa and being ranked 48th in the world, Caro joined the ECCO Tour staff in 2012 by switching to hybrid shoes. It was not only the quality of the ECCO product but also the atmosphere among the ECCO family that made Caro and ECCO a perfect fit.

Winning a club championship at the age of 13 made the decision of which sport to choose for the future very easy.

"From the moment I visited ECCO GOLF's headquarters in Denmark for the first time, my relationship with the brand hasn't ever felt like a business arrangement. Instead, I've always felt as though I'm part of the ECCO GOLF family. I'm a family member,” she said.

After starting to play predominantly in the US from the 2013 season onwards, Caro was named second-best Rookie of the LPGA season in 2013 and earned her first spot in the European Solheim Cup squad later that year.

Together with former college teammate, Caroline Hedwall, she won both of her fourball matches and contributed 2.5 points in total to an 18-10 victory for Team Europe at Colorado Golf Club near Denver - the first European triumph on American soil at the Solheim Cup.
To date Caro is the only German player who has been picked to play for the European Team at the Solheim Cup four times in a row.

Only two weeks after Caro finished tied for 21st in golf's return to the Olympics at Rio de Janeiro in 2016, she won the Manulife LPGA Classic in Ontario, Canada on her 107th start on the LPGA Tour.

"It was obviously the ultimate goal to win out here,” she said. "This is my seventh year overall. I felt like I've really improved every year and that I was getting closer. I guess it was one of those weeks where a lot of things went my way and I just took advantage of that.”

After being part of a nail-biting Solheim Cup victory for Team Europe in 2019 at Gleneagles, Caro came close to her second victory on the LPGA Tour when she reached a playoff against Minjee Lee and Nelly Korda at the Swinging Skirts LPGA Taiwan Championship that American Korda won with a birdie on the first hole.

Finishing 38th on the official money list after the LPGA Tour's 2020 season, Caro has long established herself as a veteran on women golf's premier stage, but she still sees a lot of potential to improve.
"My strength has always been my iron play, and I'm not very happy with that this year,” she said. "In the past I've always had good stats when it comes to greens in regulation, and they've been way worse than my worst year so far.

"So it's funny, but it's golf. I think my putting overall has been a lot better, making up for some of the ball striking that's not as good as I am maybe used to.”

To date Caroline is the only German player who has been picked to play for the European Team at the Solheim Cup four times in a row.

Living in Florida most of the year, Caro can't follow her second favourite passion behind golf - her favourite football team, Schalke 04 - as much as she would like. "The stadium is only about five minutes from where I grew up,” she said. "I'm not there very often because obviously I don't really have the time, but if I get the chance to see a game, I just go to the stadium. It's a family thing. I mean, my brother's a fan and my dad too. You just have to be a Schalke fan if you grow up there.”
Caro Masson

Caroline Masson

Born: May 14th, 1989
Hometown: Gladbeck, Germany
Turned professional: 2009
Professional wins: 2
Career highlights:
  • 2012 South African Women's Open winner (Ladies European Tour)
  • 2013 Solheim Cup (part of winning Team Europe squad)
  • 2016 Manulife LPGA Classic winner (LPGA Tour)
  • 2017 Women's British Open T3 (Major)
  • 2019 Solheim Cup (part of winning Team Europe squad)

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