BMW International Open: PGA Tour Star Billy Horschel Is the Clear Favorite
- The DP World Tour returns to Germany for the second time in four weeks
- The low-scoring Eichenried Golf Club in Munich plays host again
- PGA Tour star Billy Horschel is the clear betting favorite
BMW International Open Odds
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|Billy Horschel||+1100 |
|Louis Oosthuizen||+1800 |
|Sergio Garcia||+2000 |
|Jordan Smith||+2000 |
|Thomas Pieters||+2200 |
|Ryan Fox||+2200 |
|Bernd Wiesberger||+2200 |
|Rasmus Hojgaard||+2500 |
|Victor Perez||+2800 |
|Robert MacIntyre||+3000 |
|Oliver Bekker||+3500 |
BMW International Open Predictions and Picks
Billy Horschel won on European soil at Wentworth last year and was an excellent winner at Memorial earlier this month. Back him to triumph at +1100 with Caesars Sportsbook.
In-form Jordan Smith has a great record in Germany. He can beat Bernd Wiesberger, who flopped at the first LIV event, in a 72-hole match bet at -120 with bet365.
Jorge Campillo was third on this track last year and has two good recent finishes under his belt. Back the Spaniard for a Top 20 at +350 with bet365.
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BMW International Open Predictions
After England’s Matt Fitzpatrick delivered a major boost to European golf by winning the US Open in thrilling style at The Country Club, Billy Horschel hopes to reverse the deal in Germany this week.
The American has enjoyed his visits to Europe and last October he flew back across the Atlantic having landed the prestigious BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, England.
This is Horschel’s first start in Germany and he’ll be hoping to follow in the footsteps of compatriots Paul Azinger and John Daly.
Zinger won this event twice (1990 and 1992) while Daly shot 27-under to score a one-shot victory over Padraig Harrington in 2001.
Last year another PGA Tour regular claimed victory when Norway’s Viktor Hovland took the title by two with 19-under.
Golfclub Munich Eichenried is playing host for the 27th time and is a tree-lined parkland layout with water in play on 10 holes.
The Kurt Rossknecht design is a 7,284-yard par 72 which underwent some changes ahead of the 2019 edition.
Perhaps gone are the days of Daly’s 27-under but Hovland’s 19-under in 2021 shows that it’s still fair to regard it as a bit of a birdie-fest.
The course form seems to work out well. Pablo Larrazabal and Henrik Stenson were both winning the event for the second time when they triumphed in 2015 and 2016 respectively while last year’s runner-up Kaymer has two second places in the last three years and won it back in 2008.
Some chap called Matt Fitzpatrick was runner-up in 2019 incidentally.
Back Horschel for the Win
It can seem unimaginative to back the PGA Tour star when he turns up on European shores but that strategy worked for Hovland bettors 12 months ago.
And there’s every chance we could see a repeat with Billy Horschel.
The American hasn’t fathomed out majors yet – hence it was no surprise to see him miss the cut at the US Open – but two weeks earlier he’d captured the prestigious Memorial Tournament.
Also a runner-up at Bay Hill, Horschel will have extra belief that he can pull off a successful raid having won at Wentworth last year.
That, like this one, is a tree-lined course so Golfclub Munchen Eichenried should suit his eye.
Looking at past editions of this event, Driving Accuracy, Greens In Regulation and Scrambling are important and when Horschel won at Muirfield Village a few weeks ago his rankings were 7th DA, 1st GIR, 1st Scr.
He’s also 37th on the PGA Tour for Birdie Average this season which bodes well here.
At Memorial, he said:
I have a very good understanding of how to win golf tournaments. Have I put myself there a lot? No, but I think my record’s pretty good when I do have a chance to win and closing out events. I’m very comfortable with where my game is at this point.
In short, if Horschel puts himself in contention here, that could spell big trouble for the rest given his reputation and self-belief.
Back him for the win at +1100 with Caesars Sportsbook.
Smith Can Outscore Wiesberger
There certainly seems to be a strong pattern emerging with LIV players and it’s not a good one.
Wherever you look, they all seem to be out of touch and performing poorly.
We could speculate on why but, for now, let’s just note the collective flop and play the angle.
Bernd Wiesberger is one of those to have signed up and he played fairly terribly in the first LIV event, shooting 77-72-75 to finish 44th out of 48.
To be honest, he wasn’t in great form before that so looks worth taking on here.
bet365 have him up against Jordan Smith in a 72-hole match and the Englishman looks a solid bet to beat the Austrian.
Smith has two-second places on the DP World Tour this season and before a 10th place in the European Open in Germany last time he’d gone 18-21-24.
He’s got an excellent record on German soil and that includes a third-place finish on this course when he last played it in 2019.
Smith is the favorite but looks a good one at -120 with bet365.
Take Campillo for a Top 20
With course form important, it’s worth noting that Jorge Campillo has improved his finish at this venue every time he’s played it.
That took him to a peak of third place last year and it followed a top 20 on his previous appearance in 2017.
The Spaniard is in decent shape too after making nine of his last 11 cuts.
Last month he finished tied 15th in the Soudal Open and then tied 21st in the Dutch Open.
That combination of course and current form suggests he’s a decent bet for a top 20 at +350.
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|BMW International Open Information|
|Tournament||BMW International Open|
|Location||Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany|
|Time||Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26|
|How to Watch||Thursday & Friday 6.30am-10am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7.30am-12pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 7.30-12pm (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports|
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Dave Tindall is former golf editor at SkySports.com and Golf365.com and has been writing betting previews for the PGA Tour and European Tour since 1997. He has also written for a range of betting companies, including William Hill and Betfair, as well as being a regular columnist for Rotoworld, The Guardian, Sporting Life and Planet Sport. His other area of speciality is football while he's also covered cricket and tennis.
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