The BMW International has been alternating between the Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof and this year’s venue, the Golfclub München Eichenried since 2012, but it is this year’s venue that has hosted the tournament the most, including 15 consecutive years up to 2011, then 2013 and 2015.
Golfclub München Eichenried measures just under 7,200-yards, and the Par 72 is a fair course which is mainly flat with greens that run anywhere up to 12 on the Stimpmeter, depending on the weather. There is water on over half the holes, whilst the trees that line the fairways have matured since the tournament’s early days. However, the last 3 renewals to be held here have still produced winning totals of –16, -17 and –18, and there is no reason to expect anything different this year.
Those last 3 winners were Pablo Larrazabal (2011 and 2015) and Ernie Els (2013) and, as Larrazabal highlights, it’s a course were some players seem to play well at on a regular basis.
This week’s favourite is Sergio Garcia, and the 2017 US Masters Champion should have beaten Larrazabal in 2011, losing in a play-off, whilst he also finished seventh here in 2013. Meanwhile, second favourite Henrik Stenson is another who goes well here posting five top-10 finishes, including a win in 2006 and a runner-up finish in 2015. Third favourite Wiesberger was also placed fourth here in 2013, a place he shared with 2008 Champion Martin Kaymer.
However, you have to wonder whether the likes of Garcia, Stenson, Wiesberger and Kaymer will be fully-motivated this week after playing in the US Open, and it may pay to look elsewhere.
Top of the list of alternatives must be Larrazabal, as his form here is so good, whilst he has also been competitive when the event has been held at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, where he posted top-10s in both 2014 and 2016 – and 28/1 looks a fair price.
Another former Champion who has been in good form of late is David Horsey, and the 2010 winner also finished 11th here in 2015. He was second two-weeks ago, and seventh three starts ago.
Kiradech Aphibarnrat is this week’s third and final selection. He didn’t play at last week’s US Open but, having previously been ranked high enough to get automatic entry into ther majors, he may be motivated this week. He also finished fourth here in 2015, whilst he also finished fifth at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof last year. In decent form in the last few weeks, this could be a week he hits the leaderboard.
Pablo Larrazabal 2 Points Each-Way @ 28/1 Bet365
Kiradech Aphibarnrat 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 33/1 Bet365
David Horsey 1.5 Points Each-Way @ 40/1 Bet365