A good omen for Martin Kaymer and Ernie Els? These two Major winners also claimed victory in the two previous anniversary tournaments. In 2008, Kaymer became the only German pro to do so, winning the 20th BMW International Open. Five years later, the South African star received the accolade after his victory. Bjørn has also secured a spot on the list of winners – with two triumphs (2000, 2002). Last year, Garcia missed out by just one stroke. Currently tenth in the world rankings, the Spaniard is one of the favourites to claim the coveted title, as is Tommy Fleetwood, who topped the European Tour standings in 2017 and is now 13th in the world.
German golf fans can also look forward to seeing a homegrown shooting star who now rarely appears in Germany. Munich-born Stephan Jäger was able to qualify for the PGA TOUR this season. BMW Golfsport Ambassador Max Kieffer and Marcel Siem will reinforce the German contingent. Both hail from the Rhineland region and are especially looking forward to this “home game”. Bernd Wiesberger, who finished T24 at last week’s Masters, is hoping to claim his first title at a BMW tournament.