(*****) (****) The PGA Tour’s Star Billy Horschel Is The Clear Favorite

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The American enjoyed his European trips and returned home last October with the prestigious BMW PGA Championship in Wentworth, England.

This is Horschel’s first time in Germany. He will be looking to emulate fellow compatriots John Daly and Paul Azinger.

Zinger won this event twice (1990 and 1992) while Daly shot 27-under to score a one-shot victory over Padraig Harrington in 2001.

Last year another PGA Tour regular claimed victory when Norway’s Viktor Hovland took the title by two with 19-under.

Golfclub Munich Eichenried is playing host for the 27th time and is a tree-lined parkland layout with water in play on 10 holes.

The Kurt Rossknecht design is a 7,284-yard par 72 which underwent some changes ahead of the 2019 edition.

Perhaps gone are the days of Daly’s 27-under but Hovland’s 19-under in 2021 shows that it’s still fair to regard it as a bit of a birdie-fest.

The course format seems to be working well. Pablo Larrazabal and Henrik Stenson were both winning the event for the second time when they triumphed in 2015 and 2016 respectively while last year’s runner-up Kaymer has two second places in the last three years and won it back in 2008.

Some chap called Matt Fitzpatrick was runner-up in 2019 incidentally.

Back Horschel for the Win

It can seem unimaginative to back the PGA Tour star when he turns up on European shores but that strategy worked for Hovland bettors 12 months ago. And there is every possibility that we will see another Billy Horschel.

The American has not yet found majors – so it wasn’t surprising to see him fail the US Open cut. However, two weeks prior, he had won the Memorial Tournament.

Horschel, who was also runner up at Bay Hill last year, will be more confident that he can successfully raid after his win at Wentworth.

This course, just like the one pictured, has a treelined layout so Golfclub Munchen Eichenried might be a good choice. Looking back at previous editions, Driving Accuracy and Greens In Regulation are all important. When Horschel won Muirfield Village last week, his ranking was 7th DA. 1st GIR and 1st SCR.

He’s also 37th on the PGA Tour for Birdie Average this season which bodes well here.

He said at Memorial:

I have an excellent understanding of how to win tournaments. Do I think that it is a common thing for me to put myself in this position? Although I don’t think so, I believe my record is quite good when I have the chance of winning and closing out events. At this stage, I feel very content with my game.

HTML2_ In short, Horschel could be in serious trouble if he puts himself into contention, given his self-belief and reputation.

Back him for the win at +1100 with Caesars Sportsbook.

Smith Can Overtake Wiesberger

There is a clear pattern with LIV players, and it doesn’t look good.

They all appear out of tune and perform poorly, no matter where you look.

We could speculate as to why, but for now let’s not forget about the collective failure and just play the angle.

Bernd Wiesberger is one of those to have signed up and he played fairly terribly in the first LIV event, shooting 77-72-75 to finish 44th out of 48.

To be fair, he was not in his best form prior to that event so it is worth taking him on.

bet365 have him up against Jordan Smith in a 72-hole match and the Englishman looks a solid bet to beat the Austrian.

Smith has two-second places on the DP World Tour this season and before a 10th place in the European Open in Germany last time he’d gone 18-21-24.

He’s got an excellent record on German soil and that includes a third-place finish on this course when he last played it in 2019.

Smith is the favorite but looks a good one at -120 with bet365.

Take Campillo for a Top 20

With course form important, it’s worth noting that Jorge Campillo has improved his finish at this venue every time he’s played it.

That took him to a peak of third place last year and it followed a top 20 on his previous appearance in 2017.

The Spaniard is in decent shape too after making nine of his last 11 cuts.

Last month he finished tied 15th in the Soudal Open and then tied 21st in the Dutch Open.

That combination of course and current form suggests he’s a decent bet for a top 20 at +350.

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How to Watch BMW International Open

BMW International Open Information Tournament BMW International Open Location Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany Time Thursday, June 23 – Sunday, June 26 How to Watch Thursday & Friday 6. 30am-10am ET (Golf Channel), Saturday 7. 30am-12pm (Golf Channel), Sunday 7. 30-12pm (Golf Channel). All 4 days on Sky Sports

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