BMW International Open top 10 power rankings

Henrik Stenson. Mandatory Credit: Michael Madrid-USA TODAY Sports
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This is a homecoming of sorts Fabrizio Zanotti, who notched his first European Tour win at the 2014 BMW International. The Paraguayan came to the European Tour with a distinguished amateur career and a 2007 Challenge Tour win and his 2017 season include a second European Tour victory at the Maybank Championship last February.

Zanotti followed his Maybank win with a T12 finish at the WGC-Mexico Championship and then a top-5 at the Shenzhen International. Since then his game has cooled a bit – he finished T31 at the Volvo China Open and then well down the board at the BMW PGA Championship.

If Zanotti can return to form and play the game he was delivering during the spring, he’ll have no difficulty getting himself inside the top 10 this week at the BMW International. Zanotti isn’t particularly long off the tee but we’ve just seen players with average driving distance manage a very long golf course quite nicely. One doesn’t need distance if one can place the ball accurately, and Zanotti can do that. He ranks 19th on the European Tour in driving accuracy, 45th in GIR, and 18th in overall stroke average (70.46). If he hits a snag, it will be on the putting surface.