After 6 years off the rota we take to the Beckenbauer course at Bad Griesbach. A Bernhard Langer design which will play as a par 70 this week. There have been three Challenge Tour events held here down the years and although they'll give us small clues we haven't much to go on course form wise. There will be room off the tee here and the course shouldn't play overly long. Water is a big defence for this course and avoiding those hazards will be key to posting a big enough number to contend on Sunday. The high teens will more than likely be the number a potential winner will be looking for. There should be plenty of birdies on offer and I believe the putter to be a very important club this week.
Bernd Wiesberger heads the market around 14/1 and having had a very consistent season will be looking for another trot around the winners enclosure. He putted quite poorly over last weekend while in contention, a niggling problem of his. I can see the same happening again, and although I can see him getting into contention, come the business end I wouldn't be confident in him holing the necessary putts.
Appearances from Charl Schwartzel and Hunter Mahan bring a bit of sparkle to this returning event and I wouldn't be too surprised if Charl played quite well. After all, eight of his wins have come on the European Tour, with his only victory being the Masters in the States. Most of his wins have come in his native South Africa while two have been claimed in Spain. A return to this tour in the Autumn might just pay some dividends and Charl is maybe worth a small wager at odds of 18/1. Charl has a tendency to be a bit wild with his driver, but he should have plenty of room for error here. If his putter behaves I expect him to have a fighting chance.
Readers here know that I believe this lad to be quite a decent golfer and I do feel he will break through and win on this tour. How long that will take is up for question but after two lacklustre weeks on the trot I feel his tail will be up when arriving in Germany. He won the Aegean Airlines Challenge on this course in 2014 which was a big contributing factor to his presence on this years tour. He notched a top10 in Russia a few weeks ago and I believe this tournament to be his best chance of a top performance in 2015. I was expecting to see odds of 125/1 or thereabouts so I was extremely surprised to see 300/1 chalked up by a few layers. He came with a wet sail on the final day in Russia and showed what he is capable of. If he can put four rounds together that price may look massive on Sunday evening.