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Munich. In a history spanning almost 30 years, the #bmwinternationalopen has only produced one German winner: #martinkaymer triumphed in 2008, when the tournament celebrated its 20th anniversary at Golfclub München-Eichenried. This year, the 32-year-old will return to the scene of that success, as he bids to claim a second title. The three-time Ryder Cup winner will be joined at the #bmwinternationalopen (21st to 25th June) by the remaining six German pros playing their #golf on the European Tour this season.
“I am already looking forward to the #bmwinternationalopen in #munich,” said Kaymer. “It is particularly nice for me to play in front of the home fans in my native Germany. Furthermore, the victory at the 2008 #bmwinternationalopen will always remain a very special title for me – that is why I am always so pleased to return to this fantastic tournament.”
Kaymer defeated Denmark’s Anders Hansen in a play-off in 2008, following a real rollercoaster ride of a final round. However, he held his nerve at the crucial moment to overcome Hansen on the first extra hole, in front of a sea of black, red and gold flags. Kaymer was just 23 years and 177 days old at the time, and remains the youngest player ever to win the prestigious tournament.
This season, no fewer than seven German pros have earned their European Tour cards – and German #golf fans can watch them all in action in #munich. #bmw Golfsport Ambassador #maxkieffer has played in the top echelon of European #golf since 2013. His best result to date at the #bmwinternationalopen was 29th place in 2015. The tournament is a real home #event for #bmw “Friends of the Brand” #florianfritsch and #berndritthammer: Fritsch was born in #munich, while Ritthammer, whose 16th place made him the best-placed German at last year’s #bmwinternationalopen, lives in the Bavarian capital.
Marcel Siem also has roots in Eichenried. His mother was responsible for catering at the club from 1988 onwards, while Siem was the club’s youth champion on two occasions. This is not the only reason that victory at the #bmwinternationalopen would mean so much to the 36-year-old. He came torturously close to winning the title in 2012, when he finished tied in sixth place, just two shots behind Danny Willett (ENG).
Alexander Knappe and Sebastian Heisele are in their first season on the European Tour. Two wins and third place overall were sufficient to see Knappe promoted from the Challenge Tour last year. Heisele secured his Tour card at Qualifying School.
Kaymer, winner of the 2010 PGA Championship and the 2014 U.S. Open, will be joined by another major winner, in the form of Henrik Stenson, who confirmed his attendance back in December. The Swede is the reigning Open champion and defending champion at the #bmwinternationalopen – a tournament he has won twice already (2006, 2016). The two major winners will receive stern opposition from a strong Spanish trio: Sergio García, Pablo Larrazábal and Rafa Cabrera-Bello.
Admission is free from Wednesday to Friday, while under 15s enjoy free entry on all days. Tickets for the weekend and the Fairway Club can be ordered online: http://tickets.bmw-golfsport.com
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