Weekly Golf Preview | BMW International Open – Travelers Championship

A week after the US Open, but there are a couple of impressive tournaments on the calendar.

The European Tour boasts the BMW International Open in Germany, and has been able to persuade a couple of big guns such as Tommy Fleetwood and Sergio Garcia to play.

However, the big tournament is once again in America with the Travelers Championship in
Connecticut, which boasts a brilliant looking field – including US Open winner Brooks Koepka.

See below as we run through the BMW International Open and Travelers Championships tournaments for you including facts, odds and picks from our own golfing professional Cliff Jackson and Betfair.


  • Staged at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof, Pulheim
  • First staged in 1989
  • Current champion is Anders Romero

FIELD: The European Tour will be delighted that Tommy Fleetwood had such a great showing at the US Open and he lines up as favourite, and is the class act in the field along with Sergio Garcia. Anders Romero lines up to try and defend his crown. Home hopes will be pinned on Martin Kaymer.

QUOTES: With the Ryder Cup on the horizon, Kaymer is expecting a big summer. “It’s summer. You know, to make some kind of an impact for The Ryder Cup Team would be huge. Any tournament that I’m going to play now will be important for myself and obviously trying to win a second title in Germany would be huge.

“I won the BMW International Open but it was on a different golf course. It would be nice to win it on both courses.”


  • Staged at TPC at River Highlands, Conneticut
  • First staged in 1952
  • Current champion is Jordan Spieth

FIELD: Since moving to after the US Open a decade ago, The Travelers Championship has become more popular than ever and attracts a brilliant field, and this year is no different. US Open champion Koepka lines up along with defending champion Jordan Spieth, and they are joined by the likes of Justin Thomas, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy and Jason Day.

QUOTES: Spieth is looking to return to winning ways this week. “I think here, this week, the key for me is just to get out in the first round and try not to do too much,” he said. “I mean, 90-plus percent of the tournaments the last two years I’ve thrown out my chances to win a golf tournament on Thursday. I’ve had to do too much from there on.”

ODDS provided by Betfair:

The pro’s point of view…

Our resident golf expert is Cliff Jackson. Cliff is a leading youth coach and PGA professional at the famed Seaton Carew Links – one of the oldest courses in the world.

Interesting couple of tournaments this week, glad to see the Tommy Fleetwood headlining the event in Germany and I can see him going close, but I would hope Martin Kaymer plays well but I can also see Thomas Pieters figuring highly.

In America, defending champion Jordan Spieth will go close, and I really think that Rory McIlroy is due a big tournament.

The Bookie says…

We caught up with Betfair’s Joe Dyer to get their views on this week’s action

No rest for the best on the PGA Tour with US Open winner Brooks Koepka in action just four days after landing the second major of his career.

But Brooks may not even be the big show at TPC River Highlands – Justin Thomas, Rory McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Patrick Reed and Jason Day are also playing.

The presence of those players – as well as Paul Casey, Bryson Dechambeau, Webb Simpson and more – explains why Koepka is a 12/1 bet this week, the same price as reigning champion Spieth, and Thomas and McIlroy.Reed, an excellent fourth at Shinnecock Hills and fifth in this event last year, is 18/1, the same price as Day and Casey. Red-hot Simpson is 20/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook paying seven places.

US Open runner-up Tommy Fleetwood is in Germany for the BMW International Open and he is the clear favourite, available to back at 7/1, with six places paid. Ultra-accurate Tommy is perfectly suited for this week’s test but punters will have to decide for themselves whether last week’s exertions will have taken their toll on the excellent Englishman.

Behind Fleetwood in a not particularly deep field are 12/1 Sergio Garcia, 16/1 Andy Sullivan and 20/1 Thorbjorn Olesen.

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