BMW International Open, Golfclub M√ľnchen Eichenried
Eichenried, Munich, Germany 25 Jun 2015 - 28 Jun 2015

Bookies Favourites Discussion

Henrik Stenson 7/1 was in contention for a large chunk of the US Open but hated the "broccoli" greens which eventually got the better of him.  Simply one of the best greens in regulation merchants in the world and of his 11 visits to Germany Henrik has finished in the top-10 six times.  Top 20 in eight of his last 10 starts. Pipped by Zanotti in a playoff last year.
Of the favourites, Joost Luiten looks value at 18/1.  He started with rounds of 68 and 69 at Chambers Bay before fading at the weekend, but the Dutchman is a class act whose game is Major ready.  Three times in the top-11 in his four visits to Munich. Skipped the event at Gut Larchenoff last year.  Recent best of T11 at Wentworth.

Doc’s Five To Watch

1. Rafa Cabrera Bello 22/1

The Spaniard deserves a win but Sunday hasn’t been kind to him on his last three starts.  Tied 4th in Ireland, then T13 at the Nordea Masters and solo 2nd last time out in Austria included final rounds of 75, 73 and 72 respectively.  Lost a four man playoff at Gut Larchenoff last year, and has two other top-6 finishes in Eichenreid since 2010.  Maybe a prayer could do it this Sunday Rafa?

2. Chris Wood 20/1

The break couldn’t have come at a better time for Chris Wood after his win in Austria; it’s always tough to compete again the following week.  That win had been on the cards after his solo 4th at Wentworth and solid T16 in Ireland. Rested and refreshed Wood will be trying to emulate his best of T3 here in 2012.

3. Darren Fichardt 80/1

Darren Fichardt is a really solid player and looks to be the bet of the week at these odds.  Very solid T9, T21, T13 in Spain, Ireland and Sweden and was T7 here in 2013.  I’ll definitely be having an each flutter on the South African.

4. Matthew Fitzpatrick 60/1

Debut in Germany this week but starting to establish himself as a force to be reckoned with on Tour.  Top 25 now in four of his last five starts including a T8 in Ireland and T3 last time out in Austria. You really have to hit your greens in regulation to compete on this course and that’s the staple of Matt’s game.  Led GIR stats in Ireland, T4 in green hit in Sweden.

5. Thomas Bjorn  30/1

Germany has been a happy hunting ground for the Dane in recent seasons and hopefully he will return this week in good spirits. T8 in 2014 but solo second on this course in 2013.  Good signs with a T11 in Wentworth and a T21 in Sweden.

Long Odds Glory

Richard Green 80/1 is one my favourite players and a very solid shotmaker.  Missed his first cut of the season last time out in Sweden but impressed me greatly in Ireland.

John Parry 100/1 played all four rounds of the US Open last week and though Sunday was a grind he could thrive in this less pressurized setting this week.  T10 here in 2013.

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