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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Bernd Wiesberger. Mandatory Credit: Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports /

Four-time European Tour champion Bernd Wiesberger will be a local favorite this week, and that’s no inconsequential advantage. Just ask Steve Stricker how important crowd support is to a golfer.

Wiesberger’s coming to Munich with a fresh 2017 victory at the Shenzhen International on top of his victories at the 2012 Ballentine’s Championship, 2012 Lyoness Open, and 2015 Alstom Open de France. That’s always a good indicator of an upward trend. He’s missed no cuts in his 12 European Tour starts this year, and he’s consistently recording high finishes – three top-10s and three top-20s in addition to his win in China. He finished T17 last week at the U.S. Open.

His better-than-average accuracy off the tee and his ability to get himself from tee to green quickly and efficiently – he ranks 20th on the Tour in GIR – combine to give him a very competitive shots per round average of 70.18, 8th on the Tour. That stat, combined with the energy Wiesberger’s certain to draw from the fans, will put him in a very competitive position. I’m looking for Wiesberger to contend this week.