As we start the run-up to this year’s final major at the British Open, the European Tour will get busier and the fields in these events should get better and better. This week’s BMW International Open in Munich, Germany indicates just that. Atop the market is last year’s event champion (played in Cologne at Larchenhof) Matt Wallace, off a tie for 12th in last week’s U.S. Open, at 10/1.
The surging Brit is followed at 12/1 by Sergio Garcia and Matt Fitzpatrick, also off a solid T12 in the U.S. Open, at 14/1. Native son Martin Kaymer, the 2008 event champion on this course, checks in at 16/1.
The Golfclub München Eichenried played host for this event from 1997 to 2011 before tournament organizers decided to alternate years between here and Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne. Eichenried (Par 72, 7,157 yards) is a pretty flat, tree-lined track that’s fairly scoreable. The greens are fairly slow (around 10 on the stimp). A winning score here should be anywhere from -16 to -20.
2018: Matt Wallace -10 (40/1)
2017: Andres Romero -17 (300/1)
2016: Henrik Stenson -17 (10/1)
2015: Pablo Larrazabal -17 (60/1)
2014: Fabrizio Zanotti -19 (80/1)
2013: Ernie Els -18 (22/1)
2012: Danny Willett -11 (90/1)
2011: Pablo Larrazabal -16 (45/1)
2010: David Horsey -18 (150/1)
Note that the 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018 events were played at Lärchenhof.
Other previous winners at Eichenried, dating back to its first year in 1989, include Henrik Stenson, Kaymer, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Thomas Bjorn, Lee Westwood, John Daly, Colin Montgomerie, Paul Azinger, Sandy Lyle and David Feherty.
Martin Kaymer 16/1
The man from Düsseldorf has seemingly found his game again and there would be no better place to win his first event since the 2014 U.S. Open than in his home country. He ended up third at the Memorial against a strong field where he led most of the final round. Only 35th at Pebble Beach last week but finished eighth in GIR and his overall ball striking has been strong of late.
Erik van Rooyen 25/1
The South African is a semi-regular in these columns. He’s made the cut in both majors (8th PGA, 43rd U.S. Open) that he’s played this year. He also finished a respectable T20 playing his first regular PGA Tour event of the year at the RBC in Canada. EVR has two runners-up this season in Morocco and Qatar and continues to inch closer to his first European Tour win. It’s not a matter of if, but when.
Bernd Wiesberger 30/1
The Austrian got his first win in two years a little less than a month ago in Denmark. He returned to the majors for the first time since the 2018 Masters and while not finishing great (76th), he did make the cut and his game looks in the best shape it has in a long time. He’s never missed the cut here and was 4th in 2013.
Ross Fisher 40/1
He failed to qualify for the U.S. Open but comes in fresh after four weeks off. His last four finishes here are 11-18-9-2. Fisher is also still yet to qualify for the Open at Royal Portrush so the sense of urgency is high. Fisher also has gone well in Germany before, losing a playoff at the 2016 European Open in Bad Griesbach.
Adri Arnaus 125/1
The young Spaniard could come in with some confidence having just made the cut in his first ever major (T58 U.S. Open). He won the Grand Tour Challenge Final on the Challenge Tour last season and looks destined to be a very good player.