Wallace to mount serious defence in Munich

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Matt Wallace after teeing off on the first hole during the final round of the 2019 Arnold Palmer Invitational.

The European Tour is back in Germany this week and Matt Wallace looks well placed to successfully defend his BMW International Open title.

Wallace to win @ 11/1

Last year’s event was played at Golf Club Gut Laerchenof near Cologne where Wallace claimed a one-stroke victory over a chasing pack that included Martin Kaymer and Thorbjorn Olesen.

Since then the 29-year-old has also won the Made In Denmark and, although he hasn’t claimed any further victories in 2019, he has seemingly made the step-up to elite level.

Wallace is currently ranked at a career-high 24th in the world and has claimed top-12 finishes at his last two majors, including at the US Open last weekend.

The Englishman is currently playing with a confidence that cannot be matched by many and, after recent second-place finishes in the Omega Dubai Desert Classic and British Masters, it looks like he is more than ready to return to the winners’ circle.

Kaymer top-five finish @ 3/1

As previously mentioned two-time major winner Kaymer came agonisingly close to winning on home soil 12 months ago.

The German may not be playing at the same level as he was when he reached the top of the world rankings and won the PGA Championship and US Open, but he has shown glimpses of his best form over recent weeks.

The 34-year-old, who has not won on either the European or PGA Tour since his last major success in 2014, looked like ending that wait for a title at the Memorial Tournament earlier this month, as he led heading into the final round before ultimately having to settle for a third-place finish.

Kaymer also finished in a tie for eighth on his last European Tour appearance at the British Masters, while he made the cut at the US Open last week to further underline his improved form.

Julian Suri top-10 finish @ 5/2

This will be American Suri’s first competitive tournament in a month, but prior to that mini-break he was in consistent form, registering top-20 finishes in five of his last eight appearances on the European Tour.

That sequence includes three top-five finishes, most recently a tie for second at the Trophee Hassan II in April, and there is no reason to suggest he won’t be challenging towards the top of the leaderboard once again.

Indeed, the 28-year-old has only missed one cut since July last year and that was at the PGA Championship in May when he was making just his fifth major appearance.

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