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Rupert Wyman 21st Jun 2011 - 16:02

There is still plenty of life in the great Dane

Some of the best players in the world have travelled across the Atlantic to take part in the prestigious BMW International Open at the golf club Munchen Nord-Eichenreid.

The course is holding a European Tour event for the fifteenth straight year and it is traditionally a low scoring venue.  One player that will be looking to kick-start his season and impress in-front of his home fans is Martin Kaymer (9/1).

He won in Munich in 2008, so he has course form and with all the media attention centred on Mcllroy this week, it would be no surprise to see him be successful again in Germany.  He made the cut last week at the US Open but was far from spectacular.

The former world number one is the youngest winner of the event, he was poor off the tee in the US Open but there is more room for mistakes off the tees at this event. If he is in-form, he can make plenty of birdies with his usually flawless driving and approach play.

He and the rest of the players will have to contend with a large number of water hazards and accuracy is pivotal as the approaches to the greens are tricky.

One player that will hope to find some form at the event is the 2009 winner Nick Dougherty (150/1). He has not won another tour event since the victory and he has failed to make the cut in thirteen events in this year's Race to Dubai. He should improve at some point soon and he is available at 150/1 to win the event.

Shane Lowry (50/1) has two top-10 finishes in his last four events and his only European Tour victory came in a low-scoring tournament.

He came tied-17th at the event last year and he was let down by a seventy-four in his opening round. He has the ability to score very low and his sixty-three in the third round at the Iberdrola Open recently is highly impressive.

Shane Lowry won the Irish Open in 2009 and it was claimed by Ross Fisher (28/1) the following year.  They both won the event with low scores and Ross Fisher is a golfer that has always won low scoring events.

Like Lowry, he has course form and he was second here last year, when a final round of seventy-seven cost him the victory. He has had a slow start to this season but he is a Ryder Cup player and he was not exactly setting the golfing world alight pre-tournament last season.

Thomas Bjorn (66/1) is the only player in the event that has been victorious more than once. He is a veteran of the Tour and he has won twice in the last two seasons.  There is still plenty of life in the great Dane and he may be in the twilight of an illustrious career but he has still got it!



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