June 21, 2017: The draw for the 29th BMW International Open is out, so let’s profile some of the standout groups for day one and two in Bavaria…
All eyes will be on Stenson when he gets his quest for a third BMW International Open title under way alongside Tommy Fleetwood and Bernd Wiesberger at 13:40.
The 41 year old will have some great memories to draw on, with the Swede’s famous 2016 Open Championship win at Royal Troon coming only a few weeks after Stenson’s three shot victory at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof last year.
Fleetwood won’t be short of attention either, with the Englishman arriving in Germany second in the Race to Dubai Rankings presented by Rolex, and full of confidence on the back of his impressive fourth-placed finish at the U.S. Open last week – which helped move the 26 year old into a career-high 21st place in the Official World Golf Rankings.
The final man in that three ball, Wiesberger, will also receive plenty of support, with his native Austria lying only a two hour drive away from this week’s venue.
The morning marquee group will see Garcia return to Europe for his first competitive start on the continent since his Major breakthrough at the Masters Tournament, as he joins Ryder Cup teammates Martin Kaymer and Rafa Cabrera Bello on the tenth tee at 08:40 local time.
The Masters Champion has tasted victory twice already on the European Tour this year and will be vying to get his hands on the winner’s trophy, having gone close before in an event the Spaniard has a strong record in.
Garcia has five top 15 finishes to his name from his eight starts in Germany’s national Open, and is 69 under par overall in an event he describes as one of his favourites.
Home favourite Kaymer is another in the field to have experienced victory at the BMW International Open, with the German’s 2008 win at this week’s venue all the sweeter with it coming in his home Open – while Cabrera Bello has two top three finishes to his name at this tournament.
Elsewhere, the last man to win this event when it was staged here in 2015, Pablo Larrazábal, has been drawn in an interesting-looking group with Andy Sullivan and another home favourite, Max Kieffer, with that three ball teeing off at 13:30 from the first tee on day one.
Marcel Siem meanwhile, who learned to play golf at Golfclub München Eichenried, when his parents ran the restaurant here, has been drawn alongside eight-time European Tour winner Thongchai Jaidee and the winner of the first event this month at the Nordea Masters, Renato Paratore – with the trio getting their challenges under way at 08:30 from the tenth tee.