BMW International Open top 10 power rankings

Henrik Stenson. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
Henrik Stenson. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports /
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Rafa Cabrera Bello. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports /

There’s a good chance that with Rafa Cabrera Bello at the top of my power rankings – because I do see him as the most likely to take home his third European Tour victory this week – the Spaniards could dominate the BMW International.

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Cabrera Bello has missed only one cut in nine 2017 European Tour starts, and that was at The Masters. He’s recorded top-10 finishes twice and been inside the top-20 two additional times. Although his U.S. Open performance – he finished a bit down the board, at T42 – left much to be desired, we’ve all seen his A game enough times to know he has what it takes to contend.

Cabrera Bello isn’t particularly long off the tee but the Golfclub München Eichenried doesn’t require big bombers, and his driving accuracy is good enough to keep him in position most of the time. It’s his ball-striking skill from the fairway that distinguishes his game – he ranks 5th on the European Tour in GIR because he is masterful with his irons. His performance on the putting surface hasn’t been outstanding this season, but it’s been good enough to keep him in contention most of the time and I’m looking for a better than average performance this week from the Spaniard who also likes to surf.

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Golf Channel will provide daily coverage of the BMW International Open beginning at 5:20 am ET Thursday, June 22. Who’s on the top of your power rankings this week?