Martin Kaymer - 11.00 - headlines the field for his home BMW International Open which is now rotating back and forth between Gut Larchenhof and this year's venue Munchen Eichenried. Much of a muchness really as both tracks lend themselves to low scoring. Munich Eichenried has staged the event 16 times and the now par 72 layout has an average winning total of 268. Kaymer won this event in 2008 but hasn't done a lot since back in his homeland, and the German wants to impress the "special" fans in this year's renewal.
Henrik Stenson - 8.50 - is the man most likely to stop him. The Swede is also a former winner of this event on this course and owns four top 10s in his last 6 starts here. Shane Lowry - 17.00 - completes the trio at the top of the betting and all three are coming off the back of a tiring US Open. Kaymer missed the cut and caught an earlier flight so it's advantage to the German. Lowry won't have any of that though as the big Irishman said in a post US Open interview that he was flying to Germany with only one thing in mind and that is to win.
Joost Luiten - 19.00 - was another who featured at Chambers Bay and many fancy him this week on a course that suits. Known over this side of the pond as the "Dutch Birdie Machine", Luiten's recent form at Golf Club Munich Eichenried reads 11-3-10.
The course - Golf Club Munchen Eichenried
Birdies will be the brief this week on a track that usually compensates for low scoring. A par 72 playing 7,181 yards in length, it's a simple case of hitting the tree-lined (but fairly generous) fairways, and greens, and shoot low numbers - don't, and you may struggle to get close to pins or find yourself in one of numerous sand or water hazards in play on the course. As mentioned, the winning total is usually a low one, with aggressive birdie makers featuring prominently on past leaderboards.
Three from the pack
Rafa Cabrera-Bello - 23.00 or 5.50 - is a tee to green specialist who has been sneaking into top form of late. The Spaniard missed out on a multi-way playoff in Ireland by just one shot, finishing tied 4th. He went on to post a T13 in Sweden and then a second place finish in Austria last week. Bello is another who is long and relatively straight off the tee and he averages just short of 74% greens in regulation on tour over the last five years or so. Rafa has course experience and form at Munich Eichenried, securing a best finish of 3rd place in 2010.
Gregory Bourdy - 41.00 or 9.00 - is a player very much overpriced for me this week relative to the market leaders. Bourdy has some hidden course form here and bookended with 67s in 2010. The Frenchman also opened with a 68 last time he played here in 2013. Bourdy looked like running away with the Lyoness Open last time out but the curse of the final grouping got him as he tumbled his way down the leaderboard, shooting a Sunday 78. Arguably he'd be half the price this week if he'd shot even level par. Gregory is a solid driver of the ball and owns a GIR clip of 73.61% in 2015.
Retief Goosen - 67.00 or 14.00 - is a token course specialist here at Munich Eichenried. He loves the course and has posted numerous quality rounds here over the years including a low opening 64 in 2009; The Saffa's form here reads: 6-2-13-3-3. Goosen has been showing signs of form this year but most importantly he has a string of competitive appearances under his belt after serious injury problems. Retief was 31st at Memorial where he shot all four rounds of level or better. Maybe he'll be inspired by a trip back to a venue that really fits his eye and brings back plenty of good memories.