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The BMW International Open is the tournament, with which BMW launched its commitment to professional golf – a commitment that has seen the premium automobile manufacturer establish itself as one of golf’s most important global partners. BMW has been organising the European Tour tournament, for several years now the only one on German soil, for almost a quarter of a century. For many years, the BMW International Open was staged near the company headquarters in Munich. In 2012, however, an illustrious field teed off at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Pulheim/Cologne for the first time. In 2013, the tournament, which is held in high regard by players and fans alike due to its unique atmosphere, returned to its traditional venue at Golfclub München Eichenried for its 25th anniversary. The event will then return to Gut Lärchenhof in 2014.
2013 BMW International Open Highlights
2013 BMW International Open Highlights
Anniversary Bavarian style: the 25th BMW International Open in Munich had everything that has made the iconic tournament what it is over the last two and a half decades: outstanding golf, a wonderful atmosphere and an extraordinary support programme.

2013 Recap

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First for Ernie Els: the South African won the 25th BMW International Open to claim his first title in Germany. At the end of the silver anniversary tournament, Els topped the leaderboard with a score of -18. Runner-up Thomas Bjorn (Denmark, -17) narrowly missed out on his third BMW title, having previously won in 2000 and 2002.

For a long time, Alexander Levy (France, -16) – nickname “El Toro” (The Bull) – had his sight set on a maiden win on the European Tour. However, four bogies on the back nine saw the Frenchman drop back into third place. BMW Brand Ambassador Martin Kaymer (Germany, -15) and Marcel Siem (Germany, -13) had also started the final day with hopes of delivering a second home win, and took to the course together in an all-German flight. Kaymer’s three-under 69 was enough to put the Major winner in a tie for fourth place. After a one-under round of 71, Siem had to settle for a share of tenth place.

The victory was Els’ 28th on the European Tour and his first of the season. Having finished sixth at the BMW PGA Championship and fourth at the US Open, the experienced South African emphatically underlined his impressive form. At 43, he became the oldest winner in the 25-year history of the BMW International Open. Els led from the first round, and defended his lead at the top of the leaderboard on all four days of the tournament.

Roland Krüger, Senior Vice President BMW Group Germany and Tournament President, added: "We have enjoyed another fantastic tournament, which was a fitting way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the BMW International Open. Ernie Els is a worthy champion. From the spectacular ‘TEE Time’ opening event in the English Garden and the Players’ Party in the centre of Munich to the dramatic climax on the immaculately prepared Championship Course: as the host of the only European Tour tournament in Germany, Munich has once again shown how passionate it is about golf. We would like to thank all those who have made this fantastic event possible, particularly Golfclub München Eichenried, the pros from all over the world, officials, media representatives, our partners, the 60,000 spectators, and the volunteers in the background."

IMPRESSIONS FROM MUNICH

Show Event, Pro-Am Tournament and Players' Night

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Bright blue skies, well over 30 degrees Celsius and green grass as far as the eye can see: this is how the people of Munich love the English Garden – and it was at its brilliant best for the golf stars at the "Opening Show Event".

Ernie Els (South Africa), Sergio García (Spain), Dustin Johnson (USA), Maximilian Kieffer (Germany), Matteo Manassero (Italy), Miguel Ángel Jiménez (Spain) and Marcel Siem (Germany) descended on the vast expanse of parkland – a favourite spot for residents of Munich and tourists to escape from the stress of everyday life and enjoy the sun – and put on a spectacular show to mark the opening of the 25th anniversary celebrations.

The illustrious group of golfers kicked off proceedings at the Monopteros. The first round of the "Nearest-the-pin" competition began from a specially constructed tee at the foot of the circular temple, which was built in 1836 and boasts a wonderful view of Munich city centre with its countless landmarks. The honour of hitting the first shot of the competition went to Open Champion Els. The pros – accompanied by hundreds of spectators – then made their way to the Chinese Tower, where they refuelled with an original Bavarian 'Brotzeit' (snack) and refreshing drinks. From there, the 'Magnificent Seven' were taken by rickshaw to the second hole in the Werneckwiese area of the English Garden. The final challenge awaited them at the “Seehaus Beer Garden”: a spectacular island green in the middle of Kleinhesseloher See (Kleinhesseloher Lake). Two direct hits gave Kieffer three points overall – sufficient to win the competition between the top stars.

The next day's Pro-Am provided many amateurs with the opportunity to enjoy a round on the Championship Course with the pros. Among those in action were many well-known personalities: heavyweight champion of the world Wladimir Klitschko,Champions-League-Winners Thomas Müller and Hasan Salihamidzić, BMW Sports Ambassadors Rosi Mittermaier and Christian Neureuther, former biathlete Fritz Fischer as well as TV chef Frank Rosin.

"Rilano No.6" in Munich’s Lenbach Palais was the venue for Friday evening’s Bavarian birthday party. With the theme "Lederhose meets kilt", the players at the 25th BMW International Open celebrated the tournament’s anniversary with a host of special guests and celebrities.

2014 BMW International Open

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With the venue alternating between Munich and Cologne, it is the turn of the beautiful course at Gut Lärchenhof to host the BMW International Open in 2014. After the successful debut in the Rhineland area in 2012, the golf-crazy region is again looking forward to the only European Tour event on German soil. Tickets are available now. If you have any questions, please contact the BMW Event Hotline on +49 89 999 2 9999. E-Mail: bmw@ra-sta.de

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