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The BMW International Open.

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 a quarter of a century. For many years, the BMW International Open was held exclusively near the company headquarters in Munich. In 2012, the event travelled to Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, near Cologne, for the first time. It then returned to its spiritual home at Golfclub München Eichenried for the 25th anniversary, before heading back to the Rhineland in 2014 for a tournament that once again thrilled athletes and spectators alike, due to its unique atmosphere. In 2015, it is the turn of Munich to host the popular event.
2014 BMW International Open Highlights
2014 BMW International Open Highlights
Top international stars, attractions both on and off the course, and a beaming winner: the 26th BMW International Open once again thrilled German golf fans. An extraordinary tournament opened with a relaxed Opening Show Event on the Tuesday to launch six days of entertaining golf.

2014 Recap

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In front of 14,000 enthralled spectators, Fabrizio Zanotti, of Paraguay, emerged triumphant at the fifth extra hole of a sudden-death play-off to win the BMW International Open at Gut Lärchenhof. Four players – Henrik Stenson (SWE), Rafael Cabrera-Bello (ESP), Gregory Havret (FRA) and Zanotti – made it through to the playoff after finishing on 19 under par in regulation play, but it was Zanotti who outlasted them all to claim his maiden victory on the European Tour and a first prize of €330,330.

Havret, at the second extra hole, and Cabrera-Bello, at the fourth, were the first to fall by the wayside in the playoff, with Zanotti and Stenson moving on to the par-four 17th for the second time. When Stenson attempted to drive the green and found water instead, his race had effectively been run, especially with his opponent finding the putting surface off the tee. After a penalty drop and a couple of poor chip shots, Stenson, the world No2, bowed to the inevitable and conceded the match and the title. Twice the Swede had putts for victory, but it was not to be.

“I feel very happy,” Zanotti said. “This is a moment I’ve been waiting for a long time. It’s huge to think I’m the first player from Paraguay to win on the European Tour.”

One player who could not believe his luck was Heath, the winner of the BMW i8: “I am blown away, virtually speechless,” the Englishman said. “The prize more than triples the highest cheque I’ve ever made. This is my fifteenth hole in one – the second in professional tournament play – but the others pale into insignificance by comparison. My last one was in Colombia three years ago and I didn’t even get a pat on the back.”

Germany’s Maximilian Röhrig, the only amateur to make the cut, put the finishing touches to a highly respectable performance with a round of 70 that moved him alongside Marcel Siem, his countryman, on seven under par, and brought him the award for lowest amateur.

IMPRESSIONS FROM COLOGNE

Opening Show Event, Pro-Am tournament and Players' Night

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Golf stars in football shirts, "The Mechanic" on the bag, and a beaming winner: Austria’s Bernd Wiesberger had cause for celebration at the Opening Show Event, which literally kicked off the tournament week at the BMW International Open. He and the other ten participants in the BMW Foot Golf Challenge put on a thrilling show for golf fans on the 18th green.

The 28-year-old, who is supported by BMW Austria, showed he had the necessary ball control to guide a football into an over-sized hole. The entertaining competition went down to a play-off, with eventually seeing off his closest rivals Francesco Molinari (Italy) and local favourite Marcel Siem (Germany), who finished second and third respectively.

The eleven players took to the course in the style of a football team . Each of the golf stars was accompanied by a youngster from the youth sections of Gut Lärchenhof and Hummelbachaue golf clubs as they entered the arena on the 18th hole. American John Daly was represented by his son Little John, while the proud father followed the action from afar. He was joined on the bench by cigar-smoking Spaniard Miguel Angel Jiménez, who was also on caddie duty.

Marcel Siem was given a BMW Baby Racer as a special prize. The German became a father for the second time just a few days ago. And rising French star Victor Dubuisson produced one of the many highlights of the day with an ace in the “Hole-in-One” competition on the 18th.

The Opening Show Event was followed on the Wednesday by the traditional Pro-Am tournament, at which the football World Cup once again played a major role: Bundesliga striker Stefan Kießling, former Borussia Dortmund star Patrick Owomoyela and Olympic luge champions Felix Loch, Tobis Wendl and Tobias Arlt were just a few of the amateur golfers who experienced an unforgettable Pro-Am day.

After 36 dramatic holes it was time for a breather on Friday evening. The Media Harbour in Düsseldorf provided the venue for the 2014 BMW International Open Players’ Night, which was attended by the golf stars and a whole array of other guests. One special highlight was the BMW i8 Race Challenge, at which the BMW i8 once again took centre stage. Radio-control versions of the car were in action in the "Bocconcino".

2015 BMW International Open

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In 2015, it is again the turn of Munich’s Golfclub München Eichenried to host the BMW International Open (23 - 28 June). Tickets for the popular event as well as Fairway Club tickets will be available in December 2014. 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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