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BMW International Open 2018.

STAR PLAYERS.

BMW International Open 2018.

Star Players. BMW International Open 2018.

WORLD CLASS IN COLOGNE.

STARS OF THE BMW INTERNATIONAL OPEN.

The BMW International Open has often boasted a top-class field of players in the past. And the 30th edition of the tournament is no exception. In addition to Sergio García, who claimed the coveted Masters victory last year, and Race to Dubai winner Tommy Fleetwood, fans’ favourite and 2008 tournament winner Martin Kaymer will be teeing off at Gut Lärchenhof. Spectators can also look forward to seeing South Africa’s top golfer Ernie Els, Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjørn, Stephan Jäger, Marcel Siem and the two BMW Golfsport Friends of the Brand Max Kieffer and Bernd Wiesberger.

SERGIO GARCÍA.

The Masters Champion.

Last year, Sergio García was one of the top favourites at the BMW International Open – and rightly so. In the end, the reigning Masters champion narrowly missed out on the title, finishing runner-up. In 2018, he will have another opportunity to overcome the strong opposition at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. The Spaniard has proven countless times in the past that he has the ability and nerves to come out on top.

BMW International Open Spieler Sergio Garcia
BMW International Open Sergio Garcia

SERGIO GARCÍA.

The Masters Champion.

Last year, Sergio García was one of the top favourites at the BMW International Open – and rightly so. In the end, the reigning Masters champion narrowly missed out on the title, finishing runner-up. In 2018, he will have another opportunity to overcome the strong opposition at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. The Spaniard has proven countless times in the past that he has the ability and nerves to come out on top.

BMW International Open Martin Kaymer

MARTIN KAYMER.

The only German winner.

Two-time major winner and crowd favourite Martin Kaymer will once again take his place among the attractive field at the 30th BMW International Open. For Kaymer, the only German ever to have won this iconic tournament, this is a special anniversary: It is exactly ten years since the man from Düsseldorf lifted the coveted trophy in front of his home crowd at Golfclub München Eichenried. A perfect occasion, on which to target a second title in 2018.

TOMMY FLEETWOOD.

The Race to Dubai Champion.

2017 was Tommy Fleetwood’s year: After an outstanding season on the European Tour, the Englishman held off challenges from the likes of Olympic champion Justin Rose to win the prestigious Race to Dubai. As such, he is obviously one of the top favourites at the 2018 BMW International Open. If it were up to Fleetwood, who turned pro in 2010, he would add to last season’s success with victory at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.

BMW International Open Tommy Fleetwood
BMW International Open Tommy Fleetwood

TOMMY FLEETWOOD.

The Race to Dubai Champion.

2017 was Tommy Fleetwood’s year: After an outstanding season on the European Tour, the Englishman held off challenges from the likes of Olympic champion Justin Rose to win the prestigious Race to Dubai. As such, he is obviously one of the top favourites at the 2018 BMW International Open. If it were up to Fleetwood, who turned pro in 2010, he would add to last season’s success with victory at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.

BMW International Open Ernie Els

ERNIE ELS.

The record winner.

South Africa’s top golfer is a genuine sporting all-rounder: Back in his school days, he played rugby, cricket and tennis, before focussing fully on golf at the age of 14. This proved to be the right decision: The “Big Easy”, as Els is also known, has gone on to win four majors in total, two each at the US Open and the Open Championship. He also holds the record for the most World Match Play victories, with seven titles to his name. The man from Johannesburg’s name also adorns the BMW International Open trophy, having triumphed in 2013. Five years later, Els is hungry for his second title.

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BMW International Open Thomas Bjørn

The Ryder Cup captain.

Thomas Bjørn has a particularly eventful year ahead of him: The Dane will make his sixth appearance in the iconic Ryder Cup this year, when he leads Team Europe out as captain. This can only be a good omen, as he has previously been on the winning team every time he has been involved. Before the attention turns to Paris, golf fans can look forward to watching the 2002 BMW International Open winner in action in Cologne.
BMW International Open Stephan Jaeger

The rising star.

He narrowly missed out on his PGA TOUR card in 2016, but Stephan Jäger bounced back from that disappointment the following year to earn his place in the pinnacle of golf, courtesy of an impressive performance throughout the entire season and two victories. The man from Munich, who now lives in America, rarely tees off on the European Tour. One of the few times he returns to his native Germany is for the BMW International Open.
BMW International Open Max Kieffer

The local favourite.

The BMW Golfsport Ambassador is among the best-known and most popular faces at the BMW International Open. It goes without saying then, that the man from Düsseldorf will again be among those teeing off at GC Gut Lärchenhof this year. While he has not yet won his favourite tournament, the two-time “German Player of the Year” has had plenty of cause for celebration at the BMW International Open: Kieffer’s birthday regularly falls in the tournament week and has produced the odd birthday surprise.
BMW International Open Marcel Siem

Nerves of steel.

Marcel Siem turned pro in 2000, since when he has won five big tournaments. His remarkable victory at the 2014 BMW Masters was particularly memorable. A final round of 73 was good enough to earn the German a place in a play-off against England’s Ross Fisher and Frenchman Alexander Lévy. Siem promptly chipped in for birdie to clinch the title. That win earned him 918,944 Euros, his highest prize money to date, and helped him end the season in fourth place in the Race to Dubai.
BMW International Open Bernd Wiesberger

Austria's top golfer.

Austria’s BMW Golfsport Ambassador has worked his way from the Challenge Tour to the European Tour and the top 50 in the world. Wiesberger has now been an established name at the top of the game for several years. The man from Vienna became the first Austrian ever to tee off at all four majors. Wiesberger, whose best season resulted in ninth place in the Race to Dubai in 2016, will be striving for his fifth European Tour win in Cologne.
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