Before becoming a Sports Journalist for Free Super Tips, Aaron spent three years studying Sports Journalism at the University of Sunderland while taking in the Black Cats' 'glory years' under Martin O'Neill. Now back in Northern Ireland he turns niche stats into predictions for FST, while he's one of the few people on this island who is equally comfortable at Windsor Park and the Aviva.
After a week’s break for the US Open, the European Tour heads to the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Germany for the BMW International Open.
Norway’s Viktor Hovland is 13/2 to bounce back from withdrawing at Torrey Pines after getting sand in his eye, while Louis Oosthuizen is 7/1. The South African was runner-up to Jon Rahm last week, the sixth time the 2010 Open champion has finished second in a Major.
Ian Wilkerson is here to point you in the right direction for this week’s showdown in Munich and the Travelers Championship on the PGA Tour in Connecticut.
BMW International Open predictions & betting tips
BMW International Open course guide and where to watch
Course: Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, Munich, Germany
Where to watch: Sky Sports Golf from 11.30am on Thursday
BMW International Open winner prediction: Sergio Garcia at 12/1
With questions regarding the two market leaders, there appears to be greater value in backing Sergio Garcia to win this week’s tournament.
It is difficult to get excited about Viktor Hovland at such a short price when his US Open bid was derailed in the second round.
And while finishing second in a Major could ordinarily be regarded as good form, Louis Oosthuizen will have to cope with the psychological effects of once again coming so close to capturing one of teh game’s biggest prizes.
Consequently, Garcia looks well placed to demonstrate his class.
The former Masters winner performed well to finish 19th at the US Open, but it is his recent European Tour record that is a particular cause for optimism.
The Spaniard has finished at least 12th in seven of his last eight appearances at this level of competition and he seems likely to make a bold bid for glory.
He fell to a playoff defeat at this venue against Pablo Larrazabal and was beaten by a single shot when Andres Romero took the crown six years later.
Garcia is still a great ball-striker and there are plenty of positives to suggest he could be destined to claim his 17th European Tour crown.
BMW International Open outsider prediction: Edoardo Molinari at 60/1
It is 11 years since Edoardo Molinari was a member of the winning European Ryder Cup team, but he has been showing some good form recently and is worth chancing.
The Italian was second in the Porsche European Open after starting the 54-hole event with a disappointing 75 and his 35th in the US Open stands up well in this sort of company.
Molinari should also be comfortable on the course, having finished third, two shots behind winner Andrea Pavan two years ago.
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