The BMW International returns to the Kurt Rossknecht designed Golf Club Munchen Eichenried in Munich after being played at the Golf Club Gut LÃƒÂ¤rchenhof in Cologne last year.
The leading world ranked player in the field is Sergio Garcia who interestingly for his chances this week finished runner-up at this venue two years ago after a playoff with Pablo Larrazabal.
Garcia continues to play well wherever he plays and having not missed a cut anywhere since the PGA Championship last year he is performing very consistently. He deserves a victory and this could well be it. He will also feel a lot more support this week than was the case in Philadelphia.
Henrik Stenson won this event in 2006 and was 6th last year. He has played well against stronger fields in the US in recent months including when runner-up in Houston, 5th at the Players Championship and 21st last week at Merion.
Martin Kaymer plays in front of his home fans this week and as the winner in 2008 he deserves consideration especially given some solid enough form in the US over the past few months.
Dustin Johnson needs to be admired for playing internationally as often as he does although there is no doubt a significant financial incentive to do so. His form has been a little inconsistent this season some of that dues to injury issues but at his best he could comfortably account for this field.
Ernie Els is playing very well at present and is the highest placed finisher (4th) at last week's US Open in this week's field.
Matteo Manassero won the BMW PGA Championship and then finished 4th in Sweden and although he missed the cut at the US Open he is in overall very good form. Manassero finished 14th in this event in 2011.
Australians in the field are Brett Rumford, Richard Green, Daniel Gaunt, Andre Dodt, Peter Fowler and Scott Arnold. Matthew Zions is just outside the cutline in terms of a tournament start.
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