This week’s BMW International Open will be played at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried as it’s one of two courses in the rotation for the event (the other being Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, which has hosted during even numbered years). Eichenried is a tree-lined parkland course which demands accuracy off the tee as the second cut of rough is the most penal. That’s the extent of the course breakdown as it’s primarily a flat course with minimal bunkers and it’s not a bomb and gouge course, which is evident by the list of past winners at this course. Water is technically in play on about ten holes, but you have to get pretty crooked to find it. Scoring at this course in the past has been pretty low, so this year should follow suit. Lastly, in the “history” portion under each player, I’ll be listing how they finished in 2017 & 2015 only as how players finished on different courses has even less impact than how they’ve finished on this course in the past.
o The Course
· Golfclub Munchen Eichenried
· Par: 72
· Yardage:7,100 yards
o Location: Bavaria, Germany
o Past Champions:
· 2018: Matt Wallace -10 over Martin Kaymer, Mikko Korhonen & Thorbjorn Olesen (GC Gut Larchenhof)
· 2017:Andres Romero -17 over Richard Bland, Thomas Detry & Sergio Garcia
· 2016:Henrik Stenson -17 over Darren Fichardt & Thorbjorn Olesen (GC Gut Larchenhof)
· 2015:Pablo Larrazabal -17 over Henrik Stenson
· 2014:Fabrizio Zanotti -19 in a playoff over Rafa Cabrera Bello, Gregory Havret & Henrik Stenson
KEY STATS TO TARGET
o Strong Emphasis – SG: OTT + SG: APP, Par 5 scoring, Birdies or better
o Important – Current Form, Scrambling, Course History (in that order)
THIS WEEK’S SUGGESTIONS
Matt Wallace (DK $11,200)
· History: DNP – DNP
· Form:12th– DNP – DNP – 41st
· Stats: 72nd– SG: OTT, 29th– SG: T2G, 73rd– SG: APP, 58th– SG: P
· Analysis:A really good finish for Wallace in another major has me keeping my eye on him for Portrush in a month. He’s been very solid in all aspects of his game and has shown he’s ready to take the next step as someone to take the throne from the older guard on the Euro Tour (Rory, Stenson, Sergio). His price reflects his recent play, but I’m not sure I can devote more than a couple lineups to him as it hinders your lineup construction quite a bit.
Sergio Garcia (DK $11,000)
· History: 2nd– DNP
· Form:52nd– MC – DNP – DNP
· Stats: 9th– SG: OTT, 4th– SG: T2G, 2nd– SG: APP, 172nd– SG: P
· Analysis: Sergio finally made a cut in a major! That’s where the good news ends. He finished 52ndlast week and while he looked good for most of the tournament, he basically ejected over the weekend. That being said, he’s back on the weaker side of the golf pond and should contend on a course that requires strong ball striking. I like him a lot this week in all formats.
Matthew Fitzpatrick (DK $10,700):Missed the cut here in 2015, but has the exact game that you’d think would play well here as he’s deadly accurate off the tee and solid on approaches. His finish last week was the best he’s had in over four months so it’s possible that he found something.
Thorbjorn Olesen (DK $8,800)
· History: 34th– 29th
· Form:MC – DNP – DNP – MC
· Stats: 201st– SG: OTT, 75th– SG: T2G, 24th– SG: APP, 146th– SG: P
· Analysis: A bit of bad play as of late for Thunder Bear, but he’s not priced up in a European Tour event so we’re going to load up. He’s got a much better record at Larchenhof, (where he’d probably be a top 3 priced player if this event was being held there) and this course should setup well for what he does well. I love his scoring ability on this course and will have him at core exposures.
Tom Lewis (DK $7,800): 44th in 2017, missed the cut in 2015 isn’t ideal and neither is his form as he’s taken the last two weeks off following two straight missed cuts. The positive side is from a statistical standpoint he has the game that should translate well here so I’m willing to look past how he’s done prior to the layoff.
Guido Migliozzi (DK $7,500): Admittedly I’m late to the party on Guido, but man is this kid good! 14th in SG: OTT, 12th in SG: T2G, 15th in approach, and 32nd in birdies on the European Tour this year. That’s pretty good for a 22-year-old who now has two wins. He’s someone we’re going to keep going back to until he’s priced in the $10k range.
SALARY RELIEF SECTION
Nicolai Von Dellingshausen (DK $6,000)
· History: 26th
· Form:24th– 25th– DNP – 28th
· Stats: None available
· Analysis: Form looks solid, finished 26thhere last time around. There are a lot of options at bargain bin pricing this week, but I want someone who’s played well in the last few weeks and if they have anycourse history it’s a bonus. He meets the criteria and gets a bump for a Top 30 finish in his history.
Justin Walters (DK $7,000): 65th at last week’s US Open is okay. I’m slightly concerned about the jetlag from the US to Germany, but at this price you can argue for or against many players so I’m going with the guy who just competed with the best in the world. Only use in GPPs.
Marcel Schneider (DK $6,600): Has made his last three of four cuts and all of those cuts made have resulted in Top 15 finishes, his best run of events on any Tour the last two months. Worth a shot in GPPs.
CONTRARIAN CORE (GPP PLAYS)
Erik Van Rooyan (DK $10,100): The price is a bit high, but that should mean his ownership dips, especially following a 43rd place finish at the US Open, where he was on the first page of the leaderboard for most of the opening 36 holes. His scoring ability is what’s really drawing me in here.
Thomas Detry (DK $9,500): 3rd in the field in birdies made. If his approach shots can find the greens in regulation this week I think he has a good shot at paying off this price considering how strong of a putter he is. Biggest concern will be the off the tee game which should set the tone for the week. My hope is that he is still in form from three weeks ago where he converted on his fifth straight made cut finishing 13th.
Julian Suri (DK $9,300): Didn’t play in either of the last two editions here and hasn’t played competitive golf in the last month following his last missed cut. Prior to that he went 19th – 2nd – 4th and looked primed for his first win since returning from the wrist injury. You have to think he’s been chomping at the bit to get back into the winner’s circle following his strong play.
Thanks for reading and good luck this week from the FGI team!
– Pari, (@hitthehighdraw)