The each-way column hit paydirt last time out with Dave Tindall’s 70/1 pick Gary Woodland bringing a big boost to the coffers with his US Open victory and the team are aiming to follow up with these five at the BMW International Open…
“On his only appearance at this week’s venue he finished third in 2013 and he won the European Open in Germany in 2016 before losing a playoff when defending 12 months later.”
EW Terms: 1/5 Odds | 7 Places
Up until last month’s Made in Denmark tournament Jordan Smith had been on a consistently excellent run of form, with a ‘worst’ finish of 14th in a four event run. Widen it out and his 2019 ledger shows three top 10s and three top 20s, form that suggests a win cannot be far off. And why not in Germany? That is where Smith recorded his sole European Tour triumph so far at the 2017 Porsche European Open. Good vibes should be coupled with good form for the Englishman who looks decent value at 28/1
Ignore the fact Sean Crocker finished 78th, following a closing 81, on his course debut two years ago – it was also his professional and European Tour debut. Still only 22, this top American prospect is ready to step up on what is a promising worldwide record already. He’s yet to win despite numerous high finishes on both the main European and Challenge Tours but there are promising signs of a breakthrough – he was runner-up in Morocco and tenth in the China Open. I would argue that Golfclub Munchen Nord-Eichenried – a course where bombers such as Andres Romero and John Daly have won – is more suitable to the American’s skills-set. Crocker frequently averages well over 300 yards off the tee.
Frenchman Alexander Levy is a mercurial so-and-so. When he’s off he’s awful but when he’s on he’s brilliant and he already has five European Tour titles to his name. He’s been in the doldrums for much of the spring and early summer but after a withdrawal and four missed cuts in-a-row he played some decent stuff at the Belgian Knockout, qualifying for the match play phase before losing in the second round to talented South African, Dean Burmester. On his only appearance at this week’s venue he finished third in 2013 and he won the European Open in Germany in 2016 before losing a playoff when defending 12 months later. He looks worth chancing at 100/1 with seven places up for grabs.
Chris Paisley has run into a nice patch of form and looks set for another strong week in an event that we know suits him. The Geordie golfer finished fourth at the Made in Denmark where he put up some satisfying GiR and putting/scrambling figures, and then followed up by landing the strokeplay portion of the Belgian Knockout. My man was third over this track back in 2015, and although he missed the cut on his return in 2017 that result came during a horror run. He looks in a good place right now and is well capable of putting himself into a high finish.
Given that all 18 greens at Munchen Eichenried have been completely renovated since the last European Tour event here, and that they’re now far more undulating than previously, I’m not going to pay too much importance to course form this week. However, it’s still a tree-lined venue with water hazards on 10 of the holes, so accurate players are still likely to be favoured. My idea of someone who will go well this week is American Julian Suri, who ranks very highly among this week’s participants for both accuracy from the tee and Putting, which could be crucial given everyone will be tackling these new greens for the first time. The 28-year-old has been in very good and consistent form for a long time now – a missed cut at the US PGA Championship was his first MC since last year’s Scottish Open – and he has top five finishes to his name at the British Masters, Indian Open and Trophee Hassan in recent months. A reproduction of that form will see this very accurate player contend strongly this week I sense.
2019 Season P/L to date: -£122.37
– US Open, Gary Woodland @ 70/1 – WIN (Dave)
– Made In Denmark, Pablo Larrazabal @ 80/1 – PLACE (Steve)
– USPGA Championship, Brooks Koepka @ 11/1 – WIN (Steve)
– Volvo China Open, David Lipsky @ 33/1 – PLACE (Dave)
– WGC Dell Match Play, Matt Kuchar @ 40/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– WGC Mexico Championship, Cameron Smith @ 60-1 – PLACE (Paul)
– WGC Mexico Championship, Paul Casey @ 35/1 – PLACE (Mike)
– World Super 6, Scott Vincent @ 80/1 – PLACE (Paul)
– World Super 6, Paul Dunne @ 50/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– Abu Dhabi Championship, Joost Luiten @ 80/1 – PLACE (Joe)
– Mauritius Open, Justin Harding @ 30/1 – PLACE (Dave)
*2018 P/L: +£727.16
*2017 P/L: -£306.84
*2016 P/L: +£267.58
*2015 P/L: +£958.37
*2014 P/L: +£251.75
Source: BETFAIR GOLF