Jimenez favourite at BMW International
BY Bruce Young | European PGA Tour | 2008 BMW International Open | Preview | 18 Jun 2008
The BMW International Open will be played this week at the Golf Club Munchen Eichenreid where Niclas Fasth will look to fond memories of his 2007 victory over Jose Filipe Lima and Bernhard Langer to get an ordinary season back on track.
The event has been played at this same venue since 1997 when Robert Karlsson won one of his early European Tour events. Karlsson, who is in the most stunning form, will not play the event this year, deciding instead to take a break after a rigorous and successful schedule in recent weeks.
Recent BMW PGA Championship winner, Miguel Angel Jimenez, probably gets the nod as the likely winner, given his recent win at the BMW PGA Championship and his very good week at Torrey Pines where he contended and eventually finished 6th. As a previous winner of this event he has all the credentials to win for the second time.
Henrik Stenson has not been at the top of his game of late but as a winner of this event in 2006 he has a chance. Stenson’s form earlier in the season was first class and, although he had a shocker last week at the US Open, he could quickly bounce back.
Retief Goosen seems to be working his way back into the sort of form that might see him as a serious contender this week. He had a rollercoaster ride at the US Open but finished 14th. His last round of 67 will have him arriving in Munich feeling better about his game then he has for a while. Goosen finished runner up to Stenson in this event in 2006 and has a chance to do well again.
Martin Kaymer missed the cut in this event last year but he was in his rookie season then and perhaps being touted as Germany’s next best thing worked against him. He has developed into one of Europe’s most exciting young talents and as a more experienced player he could do very well. He made the cut last week in his first US Open which was an achievement in itself.
The Australasian challenge is headed by Mark Brown, Michael Campbell, Peter O’Malley, Peter Fowler, Matthew Millar, Rick Kulacz, who gets a start on invite, and Gareth Paddison.