BMW International Open Betting Tips & Preview – Thursday 21st June 2018

The BMW International Open returns this week in its traditional slot after the US Open. Despite the proximity to the second major of the year, the BMW International remains a well-supported event as evidenced by the inclusion of Tommy Fleetwood in the field following his epic final round 63 at Shinnecock Hills.

Fleetwood is the class option in the field this week but you’d have to think that fatigue will play its part. Moreover, Fleetwood’s trusty caddie, Ian Finnis, is having the week off to be replaced by the world number 10’s father. That opens the door for Andy Sullivan who has finally found some form and is desperate to claim his first win since 2015.

Top Tips

Andy Sullivan @ 16/1

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Course Info

The BMW International Open returns to the host of the 2016, 2014 and 2012 tournament, Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof. It’s a parkland par 72 layout with the stock set of four par threes, four par fives (each of which are reachable in two) and 10 par fours. Length off the tee is far less important than accuracy and top quality approach play at Gut Laerchenhof. There is some rain in the forecast for the opening day’s play. Wet, receptive greens will make approach play all the more important and should see a winning score somewhere around the -16 that Henrik Stenson reached two years ago.

CourseLocationLengthPrize Money
Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof Pulheim, Germany 7,229 Yards €2,000,000

Recent Winners

As you can see from the list of recent winners, class tends to rise to the top at the BMW International Open. Ernie Els and Henrik Stenson are both major champions while Danny Willett and Martin Kaymer have both won in the last 10 years. Andres Romero was a surprise winner last year but he had to hold off Sunday challenges from Sergio Garcia, Thomas Detry and Richard Bland so was fully deserving of his victory.

YearWinnerCourseTo ParWinning Margin
2017 Andres Romero Golfclub Munchen Eichenried -17 1 Stroke
2016 Henrik Stenson Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof -17 3 Strokes
2015 Pablo Larrazabal Golfclub Munchen Eichenried -17 1 Stroke
2014 Fabrizio Zanotti Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof -19 Playoff
2013 Ernie Els Golfclub Munchen Eichenried -18 1 Stroke

Analysis: Fairways and Greens Provide a Tried and Tested Route to Success

It never hurts to be able to drive the ball 300 yards plus but Gut Laerchenhof is not a course that overly rewards bombers. Previous tournaments at the Pulheim show that keeping it in the short grass from the tee and having the ball striking quality to get aggressive with your approach play is the way to challenge at the top of the leaderboard. The winner this week will need to have one of their best weeks from a ball striking perspective.

Sullivan Can Add His Name to the Ryder Cup Reckoning

It is amazing what the chance to play in the Ryder Cup can do to a professional golfer’s form. Recent weeks have seen Ian Poulter, Graeme McDowell and Francesco Molinari improve significantly as they desperately try to make it into Thomas Bjorn’s team for Le Golf National, Andy Sullivan is another whose game has taken a turn for the better lately but he knows he has a long way to go to make the team.

On paper, Gut Laerchenhof is a very good fit for Sullivan’s game. His formative golfing years were largely spent on parkland golf courses and he has previously won at layouts that put a premium on iron play. His form at Gut Laerchenhof is nothing to write home about but he has at least steadily improved each time he’s teed it up there and with his game returning, this could be the perfect opportunity for Sullivan to get back in the winner’s circle at 16/1 with Bet365.

Bjork Can Take Another Big Leap Up the Rankings

Alexander Bjork finally broke through into the top 100 players in the world thanks to his win at the Volvo China Open at the start of May. The Swede has only made two appearances since. He finished a creditable 27th at Wentworth before missing the cut at the Italian Open two weeks ago. He’ll have doubtless watched the US Open and will be chomping at the bit to get back to competitive action.

Bjork ranks third on the European Tour this season for strokes gained approaching the green and it’s that which makes him dangerous on his debut appearance at Gut Laerchenhof. He certainly looks a tempting each way bet at 40/1 with BetVictor who are paying six places.

Hend to Prove He’s More Than Just a Bomber

If you happen to watch golf on TV and Scott Hend pops up on the coverage you can be sure the commentators will mention the distance the Aussie hits the ball off the tee. It’s true that the 44-year-old is one of the biggest hitters on the European Tour but there is a lot more to his game than simply smashing it with his driver. Hend has performed well at all sorts of different courses around the world including those where accuracy and quality iron play are the keys to success. His game has also started to return after a prolonged period of struggling so Hend may be worth chancing each way at 70/1 with Betfair.

Final Verdict: Andy Sullivan to Win

Bjork and Hend have the games to be very competitive in Germany this week but it is Andy Sullivan who looks the man the others have to catch. Unlike Tommy Fleetwood he should be nice and fresh and his game is in better shape currently that others at the top of the leaderboard like Sergio Garcia and Thomas Pieters. The pressure will doubtless tell should he be in contention on Sunday but Sullivan has five professional wins to his name and he is ready to go for number six.

About

The BMW International Open is the final German stop on the European Tour in what is one of their bigger events. The tournament has been running since 1989 and with it have been able to host a number of world's best golfers, including winner such as Henrick Stenson, Ernie Els, Danny Willet, Martin Kaymer, Lee Westwood and Colin Montgomerie.

The tournament is held at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, who have recently secured rights to host it until 2022, along with that of long time sponsors, BMW. The tournament has switched between this course and that of Golf Club Gut Larchenhof. BMW play a huge role in the event and with it have been keen to keep it hosted in the Munich area, where their head offices are located.

For a number of years, the BMW International Open was the only event to be held in Germany, but the Porsche European Open has been hosted in Germany from 2015 onwards, making for two events as the sports popularity continues to grow there.

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