The eyes of the golfing world were on Erin Hills for last week’s US Open but it is back to the normal grind this week on both the PGA and European Tours. While the Travelers Championship is taking place in America, back in Europe the action heads to Munich and Golfclub München Eichenried for the BMW International Open.
This is a big event on the European Tour and it was something of a surprise that it wasn’t included in the new Rolex Series. Even so, an impressive collection of major winners, European Ryder Cup heroes and European Tour stalwarts have made the trip to Germany.
Set to the north east of Munich, Golfclub München Eichenried returns to hosting duties this year after a year off due to the rotation policy in place with Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. Eichenried is far from a long course at 7,157 and is therefore not a place where bigger hitters tend to flourish. Instead, the par 72 layout rewards players who routinely hit fairways and greens while the tree lined fairways and numerous water hazards mean that solid course strategy is key.
The Iceman Returns to Defend His Title
Henrik Stenson didn’t quite have the homecoming he was wishing for at the recent Nordea Masters. He was hoping to win in front of his home fans but could only settle for a share of 26th place. The Iceman will be eager that his return to Germany goes much better.
Stenson is a two time winner of this event and his world class ball striking is a major plus for his chances of making it three wins. He did miss the cut at the US Open but that’s not necessarily a bad thing given the physically demanding nature of Erin Hills. With time to rest up and get a bit of coaching in, Stenson could be near his best; and if he is, he’ll be right up there at 15/2 with Bet365.
Sullivan’s Game Could Be Returning at Just the Right Time
Andy Sullivan has been fighting his golf game over the past few months. The Englishman likes to work the ball from left to right but he’s had a bit of a two way miss going which is never good for top level golfers. Happily, the hard work he’s been putting in to correct his faults looks to be paying off.
Results have slowly improved for Sullivan culminating in an eighth place finish at the Nordea Masters. That was a course which rewarded the best ball strikers and the form should transpose nicely to Golfclub München Eichenried. Sullivan had last week off so he’ll be raring to go and could go very well indeed at 28/1 at Ladbrokes.
Chawrasia Capable of Surprising
SSP Chawrasia is the sort of golfer who gets about his business without any real fuss. The Indian number two has won 10 events on the Asian and European Tours thanks to his ability to hit fairways and greens. That’s a recipe for success at this venue and with Chawrasia feeling increasingly comfortable at this level, he looks a good each way option at 150/1 with Betfair.