Jonathan Caldwell, Cormac Sharvin and Niall Kearney are in Munich for the BMW International Open as they look to build up a head of steam ahead of next week’s Horizon Irish Open at Mount Juliet.
The Irish trio are part of a tasty looking field with Wentworth winner Billy Horschel the headline act alongside Thomas Pieters and Bob MacIntyre.
Horschel can etch his name on all three BMW trophies this week having won the BMW Championship en route to his FedEx Cup triumph in 2014 while he is the current BMW PGA Champion.
The American is the highest ranked player in the field at 14th in the Official World Golf Rankings and has a win under his belt after his dominant win at the Memorial.
Caldwell makes his return to action following a promising performance in the Scandinavian Mixed a fortnight ago where he was the defending champion.
The Clandeboye native finished in a share of 37th place as Linn Grant blew away the field on her way to making history as the first female winner on the DP World Tour.
Rounds of 71, 71, 72 and 70 arrested a run of four missed cuts on the bounce for the 38-year-old and he will be hoping he can kickstart his summer with another good finish in Germany.
Caldwell tees off alongside Maverick Antcliff and Nino Bertasio.
Niall Kearney finished 12th on his last visit to Golfclub Munchen Eichenreid as Viktor Hovland reigned supreme 12 months ago.
Rounds of 65 and 68 had the Dubliner firmly in the mix as he looked for his maiden DP World Tour victory but a third round 72 saw him stall and it ultimately put paid to his chances.
The 34-year-old’s last DP World Tour appearance also came in Germany at the Porsche European Open where he missed the cut but he had finished 15th at the Soudal Open the week before where he found himself in contention heading into the final round.
Kearney has been drawn alongside Spanish duo Alvaro Quiros and Pep Angles for the opening two rounds.
Ardglass man Sharvin will be looking to arrest a morale-sapping run of seven missed cuts in a row this week. Sharvin has slumped to 246th in the Race to Dubai and is comfortably outside the top-1000 in the Official World Golf Rankings.
It has been another season of struggle for the 29-year-old who has been carding plenty of birdies but always seems to be teetering on disaster with multiple double bogeys and triple bogeys halting his progress.
A move to Titleist clubs for the Saudi Invitational earlier this year looked to have reignited his hopes but results have not been forthcoming yet. Perhaps a good week here knowing he will be returning to Mount Juliet next week where he had a solid finish last year can give him a run of form.
He tees off alongside England’s Garrick Porteous and Frenchman Jean Baptiste Gonnet.
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