Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Henrik Stenson  (Getty Images)
Henrik Stenson (Getty Images)

As we countdown to the 2014 BMW International Open, europeantour.com's stats man Steve Doughty reveals his five players to watch at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof...


Ross Fisher

- Already a winner this season in the Tshwane Open in South Africa.
- Form has dipped in recent events, but has still posted ties for 15th in the Open de España in May and eighth last week in the Irish Open.
- Finished in a tie for eighth the last time the event was held at Gut Lärchenhof, shooting four rounds of 70 in 2012.
- When the Cologne course staged the German Masters in 2008, Fisher finished in a tie for third, before posting an additional top 20 the year after.

Sergio Garcia

- Will be hoping to bring his trans-Atlantic form to Germany and claim a second title at Gut Lärchenhof.
- Won the 1999 German Masters at this venue as a 19 year old, beating Padraig Harrington and Ian Woosnam in a play-off.
- Finished in a tie for second last week in the Travelers Championship on the US PGA Tour.
- Has finished on the podium in three of his last five events in America.
- Garcia has not won the BMW International Open, but has a fine record.
- He lost in a play-off to fellow countryman, Pablo Larrazábal in 2011, and was tied for seventh in 2001 and 2013, albeit on a different course.

Martin Kaymer

- Will be cheered on by a home crowd in Cologne, as the new US Open Champion tries to claim his second victory of the season, and in consecutive appearances.
- Has a history of winning his next event after Major Championship victory.
- When he won the 2010 US PGA Championship, Kaymer won the KLM Open on his next European Tour appearance.
- Claimed the BMW International Open title in 2008 thanks to a play-off defeat of Anders Hansen, which made Kaymer the first, and so far, only German to win the title.
- Finished in a tie for eighth in the 2008 German Masters played at Gut Lärchenhof.
- Apart from his victory at this event in 2008, he also shared fourth place in the 2013 BMW International Open.

Marcel Siem

- Will hope to be inspired by his fellow countryman and friend, Martin Kaymer, and become the second German to win the BMW International Open.
- Has been very consistent this season, missing just one cut from 11 European Tour appearances.
- His best finish this season is a tie for seventh in the BMW PGA Championship.
- Siem's form of late has been very good, with his best three performances all coming in the last three events.
- Siem was an excellent tied 12th in the US Open Championship and tied 14th in the Irish Open, to go alongside his good play at Wentworth.
- From 14 previous appearances in the BMW International Open, his best finish is a tie for sixth, which came at Gut Larchenhof in 2012.
- Also finished tied eighth in 2008 and tied 12th in 2009 in the German Masters at this Jack Nicklaus deigned layout.

Henrik Stenson

- The 2013 European Tour Number One comes into the BMW International Open in the sort of form that led him to the Harry Vardon Trophy last year.
- His last four European Tour results are a tie for fifth in the Volvo China Open, a share of seventh in the BMW PGA Championship, a fifth place at the Nordea Masters and a tie for fourth at the US Open Championship.
- Stenson won this tournament in 2006, overcoming Retief Goosen and Padraig Harrington in a play-off, and the Swede is one of 12 former champions competing this week.
- Apart from his 2006 triumph, he also tied for sixth in 2008 and 2012, ninth in 2011 and tenth in 2013.
- Should he win, Stenson would become just the third multiple winner of the BMW International Open, following Paul Azinger (1990 and 1992) and Thomas Björn (2000 and 2002).
- Is another player with excellent form on this course after a tie for sixth in this event in 2012
- Also finished tied second in 2005 and tied sixth in 2009 at the German Masters on the same course.

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1ZANOTTI, FabrizioPAR18-19
T2HAVRET, GrégoryFRA18-19
T2CABRERA-BELLO, RafaESP18-19
T2STENSON, HenrikSWE18-19
T5JAIDEE, ThongchaiTHA18-18
T5DYSON, SimonENG18-18

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