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BMW International Open preview: Northern Irishman set for more Germany success

The DP World Tour continues this week with the BMW International Open from Germany, where several Ryder Cup hopefuls will be looking to stake their claims for a place on Team Europe.

WhatBMW International Open
WhereGolfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
When05:40, Thursday 22nd June, 2023
How to watchbet365 Live Golf Tracker & Sky Sports Golf
OddsAdrian Meronk 14/1, Rasmus Hojgaard 16/1, Yannik Paul 22/1, Victor Perez 25/1, Robert MacIntyre 25/1, Antoine Rozner 25/1, Romain Langasque 25/1

The DP World Tour is back in Germany for the BMW International Open, which is staged in Munich at the well-established Eichenried venue, and Polish powerhouse Adrian Meronk headlines the field.

Meronk is desperate to become the first Pole to feature in the Ryder Cup and his quest has been going well, with victories in the Irish Open, the Australian Open and the Italian Open putting him firmly in the mix.

The Polish powerhouse can be backed at 14/1 to win the BMW International Open and the Eichenried course should suit his attacking style of play, but he is making his course debut and so may need some time to adjust to unfamiliar surroundings.

Meronk has missed the cut in his last two tournaments – the Canadian Open in Toronto and the US Open in Los Angeles – but he was competing in much better company in those events. This sharp downgrade to a regulation DP World Tour gathering means the 30-year-old giant could easily get back to winning ways.

Yannik Paul is the German who the home galleries will be expecting to make an impact. The 29-year-old, who won the Mallorca Open last year for a DP World Tour breakthrough, finished third in the Scandinavian Mixed event last time out.

Paul is available at 25/1 for BMW International Open glory. The world number 99 will feel like a big fish in this week's humdrum line-up and his ball-striking class should see him feature on the leaderboard at some stage.

Each-way terms of a quarter the odds are available for the first five places for the BMW International Open, as well as alternative options, like a fifth the odds for the first eight places, in the Each Way Extra section.

BMW International Open course details

Golfclub Munchen Eichenried is a 7,284-yard par 72, with four par-fives. It has hosted the BMW International Open 26 times, most recently from 1997 to 2011, then 2013, 2015, 2017 and from 2019 onwards.

The flat, straightforward layout, on which all the par-fives are reachable in two shots, has staged 11 rounds of 62, most recently from Haotong Li on his way to victory last year.

Hot, sunny, calm weather is forecast for three days of the competition, so another low-scoring Eichenried event can be expected.

Three to follow

Tom McKibbin

The last DP World Tour event in Germany was won in style by Tom McKibbin and the 40/1 about the talented Northern Irish youngster enjoying a repeat success in the BMW International has been popular.

McKibbin is a superb driver, as he showcased at Green Eagle in his European Open victory earlier this month, and the lanky 20-year-old can dominate off the tee at Eichenried.

He finished 21st in the KLM Open the week before his breakthrough triumph and has clearly settled into life as a professional.

Rasmus Hojgaard

The 16/1 about Rasmus Hojgaard will appeal to many punters, as the Dane appears injury-free for the first time in a while. He was swinging with freedom in the KLM Open, finishing third, and could be set to make a late bid for the European Ryder Cup team.

Hojgaard, a three-time DP World Tour winner, will fear nobody in this week's line-up and will expect to be in contention down the stretch on Sunday.

Pablo Larrazabal

Formbook students will be angling towards Pablo Larrazabal this week and gobbling up the 25/1 price. Not only has the Spaniard won the BMW International Open twice at Eichenried – in 2011 and 2015 – he also finished fifth there last year.

Larrazabal's course credentials are backed up by some fantastic recent form. The 40-year-old has won two of his last four events, showcasing the courage and determination that has seen him lift nine DP World Tour titles in a glorious career.

Larrazabal was 40/1 at the start of the week and has been subject of sustained support. Has the betting community got it right?

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