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A Slice of the Action from Munich

Players sample a little German hospitality at Munich's English Gardens  (EuropeanTour)
Players sample a little German hospitality at Munich's English Gardens (EuropeanTour)

Our man on the ground gives you the inside track on the 25th edition of the BMW international Open...

El Scorchio… oh wait, that’s Spanish!

Since landing in the Bavarian capital on Tuesday morning the temperatures here at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried have been nothing short of biblical. I’m sure a red hot golf tournament in the heart of Europe is one of the signs of the apocalypse, although in all honesty, never paid too much attention at Sunday school. But in all seriousness, with temperatures reaching as high as 35 degrees in the heat of the day it will prove a real test for those out on course during the opening round, especially the caddies. Electrolyte replenishment will be the order of the day, so stock up on your sports drinks one and all, and maybe polish off a banana or two to boot. But don’t worry as storms and lower temperatures are on the way. Sigh.

Let’s get ready to rumble

It’s not every day you get to watch one of the most celebrated heavyweight boxers of all time in action, and thankfully for his playing partners, they were watching him swing a golf club rather than a right hook during the Wednesday Pro-Am. Yes, that’s right, World Heavyweight Champion Vladimir Klitschko teed it up alongside Ernie Els in the usual pre-cursor to any event on The European Tour, and with two men boasting such large frames, it posed an interesting question: who would win in a fight between Klitschko and Els? Well, we’ll have to leave it to our imaginations.

Park Life

Nope, it’s not what you’re thinking; Blur front man Damon Albarn has not been spotted at the golf. In fact, we’re talking about the little exhibition BMW put on in the heart of Munich on Tuesday afternoon, when a bevy of top Tour pros took to the English Gardens for a unique nearest the pin competition. The locals were out in force as the players took rickshaw rides between holes and sampled a little local ale, and thankfully for those of a slightly shyer disposition, there was no sign of the rampant nudity that this park is known for…

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