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2017 BMW International Open.

STAR PLAYERS.

2017 BMW International Open.

Star Players.2017 BMW International Open.

WORLD CLASS IN MUNICH.

The stars of the BMW International Open.

When Henrik Stenson and Sergio García tee off at the 29th BMW International Open, it will mark the first time that the reigning Open champion and the current owner of the Green Jacket are playing the iconic tournament in the same year – a first in a tournament history spanning almost 30 years. Representing the remaining two majors will be Martin Kaymer, who became the first and only German to date to win in Eichenried when he triumphed in 2008. Further Major winners and Ryder Cup stars will thrill the fans in Munich.

SERGIO GARCÍA.

Spain.

After many attempts at golf’s four majors, the wait finally came to an end this year: Sergio García won the coveted Masters title in Augusta and proudly donned the Green Jacket. García is yet to triumph at the BMW International Open however, that could all change this year, despite facing a strong field – including compatriots Pablo Larrazábal and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. After all, the 37-year-old is coming into the tournament in dazzling form.

BMW International Open Spieler Garcia
 BMW International Open Garcia

SERGIO GARCÍA.

Spain.

After many attempts at golf’s four majors, the wait finally came to an end this year: Sergio García won the coveted Masters title in Augusta and proudly donned the Green Jacket. García is yet to triumph at the BMW International Open however, that could all change this year, despite facing a strong field – including compatriots Pablo Larrazábal and Rafa Cabrera-Bello. After all, the 37-year-old is coming into the tournament in dazzling form.

BMW International Open Spieler Stenson

HENRIK STENSON.

Sweden.

When Henrik Stenson defeated Phil Mickelson in Royal Troon last July after one of the most high-class and thrilling duels in the long history of the Open, and was crowned “Champion Golfer of the Year”, everyone agreed: The Swede’s first Majors win was long overdue, and it was impossible to find anyone who begrudged Stenson this success. Just a few weeks earlier, Stenson won the BMW International Open for the second time in his career. This year, he is looking to become the first player to successfully defend the title.

MARTIN KAYMER.

Germany.

Germany’s best-known golfer has been one of the most popular players to grace the BMW International Open in recent years. In 2008, he became the first, and still only, German to win the tournament at Golfclub München Eichenried. Kaymer is determined to challenge again this year. The opportunity to play in front of his home crowd and the unique atmosphere at the BMW International Open make this iconic German tournament particularly special for the man from Düsseldorf.

BMW International Open Kaymer Star
 BMW International Open Kaymer

MARTIN KAYMER.

Germany.

Germany’s best-known golfer has been one of the most popular players to grace the BMW International Open in recent years. In 2008, he became the first, and still only, German to win the tournament at Golfclub München Eichenried. Kaymer is determined to challenge again this year. The opportunity to play in front of his home crowd and the unique atmosphere at the BMW International Open make this iconic German tournament particularly special for the man from Düsseldorf.

TOP PLAYER.

BMW International Open 2017.

BMW International Open Ernie Els
The four-time major winner has been one of the world’s top golfers for many years – on both the European Tour and the PGA TOUR. As well as enjoying great success at the US Open and the Open Championship, Els, whose swing is regarded by many experts as one of the most elegant in the game, also achieved an impressive record victory at the 2005 BMW Asian Open, which he won by 13 shots. His winning score of 31 under par at the 2003 Tournament of Champions also made him the first player to end a 72-hole tournament with a score of 30 under par or better. The South African’s vast collection of titles also includes the BMW International Open: Els was victorious in Munich in 2013.
BMW International Open Bernd Wiesberger
Austria’s BMW Golfsport Ambassador has established himself among the world’s top golfers in recent years. Bernd Wiesberger became the first Austrian to play all four majors. Wiesberger has four wins to his name on the European Tour, and has improved consistently since 2014. Ninth place in the 2016 Race to Dubai represented the best end-of-season result of his career so far. Wiesberger has been the official BMW Golfsport Ambassador for BMW Austria since 2015, during which time he has done wonders for the game of golf in the Alpine country, thanks to the quality of his play and his charming personality. Wiesberger is also one of the most popular players at the BMW International Open – all that remains for him now is to lift the coveted trophy.
BMW International Open TOMMY FLEETWOOD
Still only 26, Tommy Fleetwood is already one of the very best players on the European Tour. Inspired by his father and brother, the Englishman started playing golf at a young age, and his talent was soon clear for all to see. He became the youngest player ever to win the Challenge Tour in 2011, at only 20 years of age. His two European Tour victories to date came at the Johnnie Walker Championship at Gleneagles and the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. This year’s BMW International Open could yield win number three.
BMW International Open PABLO LARRAZÁBAL
Pablo Larrazábal joins the likes of Sergio García and Rafa Cabrera-Bello in flying the flag for Spain at this year’s BMW International Open. The Catalan’s professional career includes four European Tour wins – including two victories at the BMW International Open. Having triumphed in 2011 and 2015, he now has his sights set on title number three in Munich. Before Larrazábal launched his career as a professional golfer in 2004, he used to work on his father’s fish farm. His greatest success came at the 2008 Open de France. Come the end of that season, Larrazábal’s efforts were recognised with the Sir Henry Cotton Rookie of the Year Award.
BMW International Open MAX KIEFFER
Max Kieffer enjoyed a successful career as an amateur and, since turning pro in 2010, has marched through the lower echelons to the top tier of European golf. The BMW Friend of the Brand has also made a mark on the European Tour. As well as the quality of his play, one of Kieffer’s greatest attributes is his mental strength, as he proved emphatically at the Open de España in April 2013. The Tour newcomer held his own against Raphaël Jacquelin, 16 years his senior, for nine holes and more than two hours ‘overtime’ before the Frenchman eventually emerged victorious in the longest play-off in the history of the European Tour. Kieffer will be flying the flag for Germany again at this year’s BMW International Open.
BMW International Open FLORIAN FRITSCH
Florian Fritsch began playing golf at the age of ten. He turned professional in 2009, since when he has played on the Challenge Tour and the European Tour. His best season to date on the European Tour came in 2016, courtesy of three seventh-place finishes. The members of the PGA of Germany also voted him their “Player of the Year 2016” in February 2017. Florian Fritsch and BMW have worked together since 2016 – a partnership with a practical benefit: a fear of flying means that Fritsch travels to every tournament by car. This was sufficient reason for BMW to support the man from Munich with a new company car. It goes without saying that he will be travelling to Munich again this year, in his BMW 320d Touring.
BMW International Open BERND RITTHAMMER
Bernd Ritthammer made it onto the Challenge Tour for the first time in 2010. Two years later, the Bavarian was playing on the European Tour for the first time but was unable to hang on to his Tour card. Victories at the Made in Denmark Challenge, the Irish Challenge and the NBO Golf Classic Grand Final in 2016 saw him bounce back in style to regain his playing rights in the top division of European Golf. BMW and German pro Bernd Ritthammer have been partners since the start of 2017. As a “Friend of the Brand”, the Munich resident drives a BMW 3 Series Gran Turismo and represents BMW on the European Tour. As such, the BMW International Open is a must for the man from Nuremberg.
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