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PGA European - BMW International Open Preview
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DATES: Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th
SITE: Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
COURSE ARCHITECT: Kurt Rossknecht (1989)
PAR: 72
YARDAGE: 7,073
Hole-By-Hole:1 - Par 4 432 Yds10 - Par 4 472 Yds
2 - Par 3 208 Yds11 - Par 5 555 Yds
3 - Par 4 447 Yds12 - Par 3 153 Yds
4 - Par 4 397 Yds13 - Par 4 372 Yds
5 - Par 4 331 Yds14 - Par 4 490 Yds
6 - Par 5 481 Yds15 - Par 4 464 Yds
7 - Par 4 441 Yds16 - Par 4 319 Yds
8 - Par 3 197 Yds17 - Par 3 189 Yds
9 - Par 5 557 Yds18 - Par 5 568 Yds
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36 3,491 Yds36 3,582 Yds
 
Annual:  23rd
Television:  Golf Channel - Thursday/Friday -- 5-8:30 a.m. (et),
  - Saturday/Sunday -- 4:30-8:30 a.m. (et)
Defending Champion:  David Horsey
Runner-Up:  Ross Fisher
Tournament Record:  261 (John Daly, 2001)
54-Hole Record:  194 (Padraig Harrington, 2001)
36-Hole Record:  127 (John Daly, 2001)
Course Record:  62 (David Feherty, 1989-90; Steen Tinning, Darren Clarke, 1992;
  David Park, 1999; Padraig Harrington, Jose Maria Olazabal,
  2001; Raphael Jacquelin, 2003; Simon Dyson, 2005;
  Rafa Echenique, 2009)
Total Purse:  $2,878,921 (2,000,000 euros)
Shares:  1st Place - $469,101; 2nd Place - $312,734; 3rd Place - $176,196
 
2010 Finish
PlayerScorePlayerScore
David Horsey270Rafael Cabrera-Bello272
Ross Fisher271Pablo Larrazabal272
Bradley Dredge272Charl Schwartzel273
Kenneth Ferrie272Simon Thornton274
Alex Cejka272Alejandro Canizares274
 
Past BMW International Open Winners
YearWinner (Score) -- Runners-Up
2010David Horsey (270) -- Ross Fisher
2009Nick Dougherty (266) -- Rafa Echenique
2008*Martin Kaymer (273) -- Anders Hansen
2007Niclas Fasth (275) -- Jose-Filipe Lima, Bernhard Langer
2006*Henrik Stenson (273) -- Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen
2005David Howell (265) -- John Daly, Brett Rumford
2004Miguel Angel Jimenez (267) -- Thomas Levet
2003Lee Westwood (269) -- Alex Cejka
2002Thomas Bjorn (264) -- Bernhard Langer, John Bickerton
2001John Daly (261) -- Padraig Harrington
2000Thomas Bjorn (268) -- Bernhard Langer
1999Colin Montgomerie (268) -- Padraig Harrington
1998Russell Claydon (270) -- Jamie Spence
1997*Robert Karlsson (264) -- Carl Watts
1996#Marc Farry (132) -- Richard Green
1995Frank Nobilo (272) -- Bernhard Langer, Jarmo Sandelin
1994Mark McNulty (274) -- Seve Ballesteros
1993Peter Fowler (267) -- Ian Woosnam
1992*Paul Azinger (266) -- Bernhard Langer, Glen Day, Anders Forsbrand,
Mark James
1991Sandy Lyle (268) -- Tony Johnstone
1990*Paul Azinger (277) -- David Feherty
1989David Feherty (269) -- Fred Couples

* - Won in Playoff

# - Rain Shortened

Top Contenders in the Field
Player2001200220032004200520062007200820092010
David Horsey---------------------------Won
Ross Fisher---------------mcT-2612th---2nd
Bradley DredgemcT-38mcT-41T-9T-18---T-55T-19T-3
Peter Lawrie------mcmcT-11mcT-45T-43T-19T-17
Maarten LafeberT-53mcT-23mcT-24mcT-4T-48T-26T-21
Martin Kaymer------T-58---mc---mcWonmcT-21
Anders HansenT-30---mcT-28mc---T-42ndT-21T-30
Colin MontgomerieT-13------T-3---T-6---T-16T-66T-36
Raphael JacquelinT-13mcT-3T-22T-9---T-11mc---T-36
Miguel A. JimenezmcT-10T-17WonT-22T-47T-18mcT-4T-49
Niclas FasthT-60---------T-4T-42WonT-59T-16T-55
Matteo Manassero---------------------------T-55
Bernhard LangerT-16T-2T-23---T-47T-13T-2T-37T-9T-61
Richard Finch------------T-47T-59mcT-55T-58T-61
Paul CaseyT-7T-7T-3T-3mcT-13T-39T-3---74th
Nick DoughertyT-46T-24mcT-50T-30mcT-26---Wonmc
David HowellmcT-24T-11T-22WonT-4---T-43mcmc
Sergio GarciaT-7------T-25---------------mc
Retief GoosenT-23------T-6---T-2---T-133rd---
Henrik Stenson---mcmcT-33---WonT-26T-6T-35---
Francesco Molinari------------mcmcT-48T-43------
Thomas BjornT-16WonT-17mcT-22T-13mcT-48------
Dustin Johnson------------------------------
Sports Network Selections

Pick to Win - Anders Hansen
Darkhorse - Peter Whiteford
 
Last Week's Pick to Win (George Coetzee) - Finished tied for 12th
Last Week's Darkhorse (David Dixon) - Finished tied for 17th
 
NOTES:
The European Tour travels to Germany this week for the BMW International Open. David Horsey will try to become the first back-to-back winner of this event and will attempt to join Thomas Bjorn and Paul Azinger as multiple champions. This is the 15th straight year in which Golfclub Munchen Eichenried is playing host and the 20th time overall. Three of the top 12 players in the world are in the field -- 2008 champion Martin Kaymer (3), American Dustin Johnson (11) and Paul Casey (12). Sergio Garcia is the top finisher from the U.S. Open that is in the field this week. Garcia tied for seventh at Congressional.

German legend and current Champions Tour member Bernhard Langer is playing for the first time since March after thumb surgery. Langer has won every European Tour event on German soil at least once, except this one. Langer has finished second five times (1992, 95, 2000, 02 and 07). In his career, he has won 11 European Tour events on German soil. Langer finished tied for 61st last year.

Last year, David Horsey made two late birdies and shot a five-under 67 in the final round to capture his first European Tour title. Horsey overcame a five- shot deficit on the final day to earn a one-stroke victory over Ross Fisher at 18-under 270. The Englishman seized control of the tournament by making birdies at the 16th and 18th holes to take the lead.

Horsey will be attempting to become the first player to successfully defend the BMW International Open title. There have been 20 different winners from the previous 22 events.

In 2009, Nick Dougherty fired a final-round 64 to come from three behind and win. He finished at 22-under-par 266 to defeat Rafa Echenique by one stroke. The victory was Dougherty's third on the European Tour and first since the 2007 Alfred Dunhill Links Championship. Echenique double-eagled the 568-yard 18th hole in the final round to finish just one back. It was the second albatross in tournament history, as Jose Maria Olazabal double-eagled the 11th hole in the second round in 2001.

Kaymer birdied the first playoff hole in 2008 to defeat Anders Hansen. Kaymer squandered a six-shot lead heading into the final round, thanks to two balls in the water en route to a triple-bogey eight at the 11th. He birdied the 72nd hole to force the playoff, then played brilliantly on the sudden-death hole. Kaymer became the first German to win this tournament.

When John Daly carded a 66 during the final round in 2001, he captured his first title since the 1995 British Open Championship. Daly's total of 261 set a new tournament record, breaking the previous mark of 264 set by Robert Karlsson and Carl Watts in 1997. Daly also set a new 36-hole mark of 127.

Paul Azinger was the first American to capture this title in 1990 and again in 1992, with both victories coming in playoffs. There have been five playoffs in tournament history. The only time the European Tour has witnessed a five-man playoff was at the 1992 tournament, when Azinger prevailed against Glen Day, Anders Forsbrand, Mark James and Langer.

David Feherty captured the inaugural event in 1989, when he won by five shots, the largest winning margin in tournament history. Feherty and Sandy Lyle (1991) are the only wire-to-wire winners.

Low scoring has been a feature of the BMW International Open since the event went to Golfclub M?nchen in 1997. The average winning score is 267, with an average 36 hole cut of three under par.

The European Tour heads to Paris next week for the Alstom Open de France (French Open), as Miguel Angel Jimenez defends his title.

06/21 17:14:08 ET

As of June 21, 2011, at 05:14 PM ET