2016 BMW International Open Betting Preview

Following the drama of the US Open at Oakmont, normal service is resumed on the European Tour with the BMW International Open from Thursday. The tournament returns to the Golf Club Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, where the tournament was previously held in 2012 and 2014, and the betting is headed by three players who all make the trip from the second major of the year to Germany this week...

  • Stenson has finished in the top-ten in each of his last five appearances at the BMW International Open
  • Fabrizio Zanotti tied 12th at Larchenhof in 2012 before winning the title in 2014

23rd June - 26th June Odds Won/Lost Bet

BMW International Open
Rikard Karlberg (each way)  
Best Bet
@ 40 / 1  
Thongchai Jaidee (each way) @ 50 / 1  
Fabrizio Zanotti (each way) @ 80 / 1  

The Market Leaders

It is Sergio Garcia who is a 9/1 favourite (Coral) following his near miss at Oakmont, where he eventually tied 5th, and the recent Byron Nelson winner certainly has plenty going for him as he won the German Masters at Larchenhof in 1999, although regular victories have been rare for the Spaniard and his price makes little appeal off the back of four tough days in Pennsylvania.

Garcia is joined at the head of the market by US Masters winner Danny Willett (10/1), who returns to the scene of his maiden European Tour title from 2012, and Henrik Stenson (10/1), who loves this event. The Swede won the title here in 2012 and has secured five successive top-ten finishes in this tournament, including a play-off defeat at Larchenhof in 2014. His withdrawal from the US Open during the second round is a concern though. 

The Selections

Our first selection in Germany is the in-form Rikard Karlberg as he has racked up six successive top-25 finishes, with his last three results reading 10-2-7. There is no doubt that he is hitting form at the right time and he should enjoy the forgiving fairways he will encounter at the 7,2888 yard course in Cologne, while the fact he ranks 10th for scrambling on the European Tour this year is a bonus as it has proved to be an important component of the game here in recent years. Karlberg also has previous in Germany as he tied 5th at the European Open twelve months ago and we are backing him to be right in the mix this week.
Tip #1: Rikard Karlberg (each way) @ 40/1 with Betfred.

Thongchai Jaidee won the aforementioned European Open last year and he is a player who tends to enjoy playing in Germany, where he has finished in the top-eleven in four of his five appearances. Furthermore, Jaidee tied 8th at Larchenhof in 2012 before tying 5th two years ago and we fancy he can build on some solid, if unspectacular, recent efforts. A return to a course that suits could be just the kick-start his season requires.
Tip #2: Thongchai Jaidee (each way) @ 501 with Betfred.com.

Finally, Fabrizio Zanotti is another player who will be looking forward to playing at this venue again as he tied 12th here in 2012 before winning the title outright in 2014. The Paraguayan arrives in good touch too as he has secured three top-sixteen finishes in his last five starts and he is a very tempting 80/1 at this stage.
Tip #3: Fabrizio Zanotti (each way) @ 80/1 with Betfred.

2016 BMW International Open Odds