BMW International Open 2016 Betting Preview

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Betfred
Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Fabrizio Zanotti (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Betfred

Venue

The BMW International Open is on the move again as it visits Gut Larchenhof for the third time in five years. The tournament, which is regularly held at the Eichenried club in Munich, was staged near Cologne in both 2012 and 2014, when Danny Willett and Fabrizio Zanotti were the respective winners. The Jack Nicklaus-designed course, which also staged the German Masters (which became the Mercedes-Benz Championship) between 1998 and 2005 and from 2007 to 2009, isn’t particularly long and features wide fairways and greens which aren’t especially challenging, but the brutal rough can really punish wayward driving. Hit the ball straight and true though and there are some low scores available, as KJ Choi proved when he set a course record total of 26-under in 2003.

Favourites

You have to go all the way back to 1999 for Sergio Garcia’s victory at this course in the German Masters, but 17 years on from that triumph the Spaniard is the favourite for this week’s event, at best odds of 9/1 with Coral. Willett, the 2012 winner and this year’s Masters champion, is a point bigger at 10/1 with BetVictor, alongside Henrik Stenson (with BetVictor and Coral). Stenson has won this event before, at Eichenried in 2006, and was runner-up to Pablo Larrazabal at the same venue last year, however the Swede also finished second here two years ago. Joost Luiten is a 25/1 chance with Betfred and Coral, while Andy Sullivan, who has been finding the going a little difficult on the PGA Tour, is available at best odds of 33/1 with Paddy Power and Stan James as he returns to Europe.

Tips

Ross FisherTwo top 10s in his last six outings, including the most recent at the Nordea Masters, suggest things are beginning to go ROSS FISHER‘s way once more and this is a tournament in which he has a proud record, with five top 12 finishes, including 8th here in 2012. However, go back a little further to the Mercedes-Benz Championship, and there is further evidence of his suitability for this venue, as he was third in 2008 and 18th a year later.

Thongchai JaideeTHONGCHAI JAIDEE has been short of a little form since the turn of the year, failing to build on his only top 10 of the season at December’s Nedbank Challenge, but the Thai favourite has produced some good results at this course down the years, stretching back to his debut here in 2007. He was eighth in 2012 and then fifth two years ago and at 50/1 with Coral he is probably just a little overpriced.

Fabrizio-ZanottiFABRIZIO ZANOTTI is in the top 10 for driving accuracy and that’s probably the key reason for the 33-year-old’s success here – as well as winning two years ago he was 12th in 2012. If the Paraguayan can continue hitting the ball straight off the tee there is no reason why he can’t go close to a repeat success at a big price, as recent top 10s at the PGA Championship and in China suggest that he is coming back into some good form.

RECOMMENDED BETSMARKETODDSBOOKMAKERS
Ross Fisher (ew)Tournament Winner35/1Betfred
Thongchai Jaidee (ew)Tournament Winner50/1Coral
Fabrizio Zanotti (ew)Tournament Winner80/1Betfred