In Munich, Andrea Pavan defends the title he won in 2019 (in 2020 the competition was canceled due to Covid) at the BMW International Open of golf, a tournament of the European Tour scheduled from tomorrow to Sunday (24-27 June). In Germany there will be six blues in the race: with Pavan, 32 years old from Rome with two victories on the top men’s continental circuit, in the race Edoardo Molinari – fresh from 35th place at the US Open – Renato Paratore, Francesco Laporta, Nino Bertasio and Lorenzo Gagli.
Andrea Pavan, BMW International Open
On the course of the Golfclub München Eichenried the spotlight will then be on the South African Louis Oosthuizen, fresh from second place mockery at the US Open where a bogey on the 71st hole (the penultimate of the tournament) cost the winner of The Open Championship 2010 the opportunity to postpone the contention in the play-off and to open the doors of success to the Spaniard Jon Rahm.
Among the big names in the race is the Norwegian Viktor Hovland (who recovered from an eye injury that forced him to retire from the US Open during the race). An opportunity also for the German Martin Kaymer (nominated today among the vice-captains of the Europe team at the Ryder Cup in Wisconsin), winner of the BMW International Open in 2008 and runner up in 2018. The Teutonic at home is chasing a success that has been missing since 2014 (US Open ). In the field, among others, there is the Spaniard Sergio Garcia who yesterday announced his “no” at the Tokyo Olympics.
The field for this year’s Olympic men’s golf competition has been announced, with newly crowned U.S. Open Champion Jon Rahm among the players set to tee up at Kasumigaseki Country Club in Japan from July 29 – August 1.
Rahm, who is making his first appearance in the Olympics, is one of several Major champions competing in Japan, joining Rory McIlroy, Shane Lowry, Francesco Molinari, Hideki Matsuyama, Justin Thomas, Bryson DeChambeau and Collin Morikawa.
Morikawa, who captured the 2020 PGA Championship, is one of four players competing from the United States, the most of any nation at this year’s games.
“I’m so excited. It’s going to be one of the best things of my life,” said Morikawa after tying for fourth in the U.S. Open on Sunday.
“To think back that I was an amateur two years ago, literally two years ago, and to be on this team and to be heading to Tokyo puts a smile on my face.”
The 60-man field also features a number of further European Tour winners, including Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith (Australia), Thomas Pieters (Belgium), Ashun Wu (China), Rasmus Hojgaard and Joachim B. Hansen (Denmark), Paul Casey and Tommy Fleetwood (England), Sami Valimaki (Finland), Victor Perez and Antoine Rozner (France), Guido Migliozzi (Italy), Ryan Fox (New Zealand), Garrick Higgo and Christiaan Bezuidenhout (South Africa) and Alex Noren (Sweden).