BMW International Open facts.
Tournament organiser BMW hosted the iconic BMW International Open for the 31st time in 2019. No other tournament on the European Tour has been held continuously under the same name for longer. Venues to date have been Golfclub München Eichenried (1989-1993, 1997-2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, since 2019), St. Eurach Land- und Golfclub (1994-1996) and Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof (2012, 2014, 2016, 2018).
BMW Hole-in-One Awards won.
In the three decades of the BMW International Open’s tournament history, a BMW Hole-in-One Award has been up for grabs at every edition. Jay Townsend was the first to achieve this in 1991, when the American was presented with a BMW 325i convertible. The eighth and last winner of a dream car to date was India’s Gaganjeet Bhullar in 2019, whose ace was rewarded with the BMW M8 Competition Coupé.
A local player has won the BMW International Open just once as it stands: In 2008, at the 20th anniversary of the tournament, it was Martin Kaymer who did the business for the German golf fans. He beat Denmark’s Anders Hansen in a play-off. On that day, Kaymer was exactly 23 years and 177 days old – making him the youngest International Open Champion in the tournament’s history to date.
When Andrea Pavan won the BMW International Open in 2019, it was the first time that an Italian golfer lifted the coveted winner’s trophy. Pros from a total of 16 different nations have celebrated. The most frequent winning nation – with seven victories – is England, followed by Sweden with four titles. Fabrizio Zanotti’s win in 2014 was historic: It was the first ever European Tour win for a pro from Paraguay.