BMW International Open preview & Tips7 min read
After Gary Woodland’s superb US Open victory, the focus switches to Europe as the countdown to next month’s Open Championship starts with the BMW International Open in Germany.
Golfclub Munchen Eichenried hosts this week’s tournament and the course has undergone significant changes including renovation to all the greens since it was last used on the European Tour in 2017. Low scoring should still be the order of the day though, as thunderstorms are expected to soften the course, with generous fairways and plenty of birdie opportunities at the 7,283-yard par 72 track.
Matt Wallace is the 10/1 favourite after his win last season although this came on a different course and the Englishman may not be short of his best after a lengthy trip from California following 12th place at Pebble Beach.
Detry can threaten maiden win
Thomas Detry is still waiting for his first European Tour title but this looks a big opportunity for the highly-rated Belgian to claim a victory. Detry’s best result came at this course two years ago after finishing tied second behind winner Andres Romero despite coming in off successive missed cuts. The 26-year-old has threatened a breakthrough success and was third last season at the KLM Open and Turkish Airlines Open.
Detry won the World Cup of Golf, alongside teammate Thomas Pieters, at the end of last year and was expected to build on this in 2019. His season has been consistent although a big finish has been missing to date. Detry was ninth in Morocco and 15th at the British Masters but will be determined to push on over the summer. Sitting tenth for putts per green in regulation, Detry has the talent to become a multiple winner and is worth backing at 20/1 each way on his return to Germany.
Pablo Larrazabal has an outstanding record at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried and will be relishing the chance for more success at the course. The Spaniard won at the track in 2011 and repeated the victory four years ago, which was his last title. In addition to these two wins, Larrazabal was also third here in 2010 and 14th two years ago.
Larrazabal comes in with promising recent form which only enhances his chances of a hat-trick of wins at the tournament. The 36-year-old finished tied fourth at the Made in Denmark last month and was also eighth at the British Masters. Heading back to a course he dearly loves, Larrazabal is a confident selection at 33/1 each way as he targets a BMW International Open treble.
Robert Macintyre has been in blistering form over the last month and the Scottish golfer looks worth following again in Germany this week. He first made his mark with a tie for second at the British Masters. The 22-year-old maintained this momentum in his next tournament as he again finished runner-up at the Made in Denmark.
Macintyre was in full flow again during the opening two rounds of the Belgian Knockout as he progressed in seventh place. The switch to matchplay scuppered his hopes as he was eliminated but Macintyre is 35-under-par for his last ten strokeplay rounds, nine of which have been in the 60s. This low-scoring form, with his putter really heating up, suggests he should attack this week’s tournament with real confidence. Macintyre should be among the birdies again and deserves support at 40/1 each way.
Guido Migliozzi has been one of the breakthrough stars this season and looks worth backing to contend in Germany. The confident Italian has been a revelation with two victories during his maiden campaign on the European Tour. Migliozzi showed remarkable composure in March, shooting 16-under-par, for his first title at the Kenya Open.
The 22-year-old proved this was no fluke with a second win on his last start at the Belgian Knockout. Migliozzi looked extremely calm under pressure as he came through the strokeplay section before prevailing in the matchplay format. It was his second win in 20 events since coming through qualifying school and the world number 95 is swiftly heading up the rankings. Migliozzi is backed to continue his remarkable rise this week at appealing odds of 60/1 each way.
Don’t discount Levy
Alexander Levy appears to have been dismissed too easily and the mercurial Frenchman is capable of challenging this week at a big price. Levy has only played once at the course in 2013 and finished third despite coming in off four missed cuts in his previous five starts. He also played the following year, at a different course, finishing 12th so is clearly very comfortable playing in Germany.
Levy is a proven winner, claiming five European Tour titles, with the majority of his victories coming in low-scoring tournaments. His win at the European Open three years ago was also in Germany which only enhances his credentials. His current form is poor but he is capable of snapping out of this and was fifth at the Saudi International earlier this year. Levy is generously priced at 80/1 and has the talent to make a mockery of his odds.
Thomas Detry Each Way
Pablo Larrazabal Each Way
Robert Macintyre Each Way
Guido Migliozzi Each Way
Alexander Levy Each Way