Rather than bore you with yet another opinion on last weeks US Open I will keep mine to myself, look forward to next years showing and crack on with this weeks offering from the European Tour.
After a week off for most or a long flight back across the pond the Tour heads off to Germany for the BMW International Open and the perfect warm up before we head into the run of 3 consequetive Rolex Events and then the 147th Open Championship at Carnoustie
30th Staging of the BMW International Open
4th and final time this event will be held at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof.
Previous winners here… 2016 Henrik Stenson, 2014 Fabrizio Zanotti and 2102, Danny Willett.
Prize fund $2,324298.
Par 72, measuring 7,229 yards
Designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1996.
Former host of German Masters 1998 – 2009
Greens: Bent/Poa. 12ft Stimpmeter reading. Very true, quality surfaces
Fairways: Tight landing areas, cut short, firm and running. (cut using greens mowers)
Rough: 3 heights of maintained rough (32mm, 64mm and 90mm, consistent, uniform and penal) Outside of the maintained rough cuts, long wispy rough frames each hole.
Par 3’s: 4th 189 yards, 8th 215 yards, 11th 157 yards, 16th 194 yards.
Par 4’s: shortest 1st at 357 yards, longest 9th at 469 yards.. average length 431 yards.
Par 5’s: 2nd 547 yards, 7th 577 yards, 13th 519 yards, 15th 519 yards.
This Jack Nicklaus design course is most definitely considered to be a strategy and accuracy course. Everything is laid out with a clear objective and finding the targets from the tee and the fairway will be paramount to scoring well. Fairways are lined by three cuts of maintained rough and then trees and wispy rough frame each hole.. Water comes into play on half of the holes and the course considering its prolonged dry period is presented in an as to be expected German precision fashion.
The general consensus of the players seems to be very positive, lots of comments this week praising the event and the course their about to compete on.. And no doubt those returning from the Micky Mouse shenanigans of Shinnecock Hills will very much look forward to playing a fair yet challenging course that offers the players some consistency throughout the week..
The area has been experiencing warm temperatures and very little rain and not much changes as we come into the event… The course will play a little firmer but in terms of ow the weather may or may not influence your picks I don’t really see any advantage from one side of the draw or the other.
This event is always well supported by the regular players players and one that attracts a few of the very best. Obviously a larger than usual prize fund heavily assists and the importance of securing a spot in the Ryder Cup squad adds further value, but alone this event is well supported because of its coveted title and positioning in the calendar coming in to the next 3 Rolex Series Events.
$9,000 – $10,000
$8,000 – $9,000
$7,000 – $8,000
$7,000 or less