Markus Brier is an Australian pro golfer and former highest ranked golfer in Austria. Born on July 5, 1968, he turned pro in 1995. He entered the European tour after making nine top ten finishes, five in the top three on the 1999 Challenge tour. The Australian golfer took the BA-CA title on its first year back on the European tour schedule. The win helped Brier achieve his best year end finish at 49th on the Order of Merit. He has since continued to play at the Austrian Open, winning twice when the Open was still a Challenge Tour event.
In 2011, Brier took the one-shot lead at the 2.5m dollar Qatar Masters, leaving Martin Kaymer and the others behind. Brier overtook Retief Goosen after a boogey-free round after running neck and neck on the first nine holes before the South African golfer slipped down on boogey and a double boogey. Brier had to return to qualifying school in November of the last year, barely making the mark and still needing a sponsor in order to make it in.
Brier has a total of two amateur wins, one in the 1994 Swiss Amateur Championship and another win a year later at the German Amateur Championship. His five professional wins include the victory against Soren Hansen in 2006 at the BA-CA Golf Open, the 2007 Volvo China Open winning against Scott Hend, Graeme McDowell and Andrew McLardy with five strokes, as well as the 2002 victory against Gary Birch., Jr. at the Austrian Golf Open in 2002, where he won by one stroke.