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Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Burmester can enjoy his BMW course debut

Flying Fleetwood should also be on song

South Africa's Dean Burmester
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Sky Sports 4, 10.30am Thursday

It is nearly five years since Belgian Nicolas Colsaerts produced one of the great Ryder Cup debuts in helping Europe pull off their miracle in Medinah, and the big-hitting Belgian has had some time in the doldrums.

His recent form has not been bad and he will have been boosted by an eighth place at the Nordea Masters last time out, which came hot on the heels his third place at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.

However, that recovery could be stopped at Nord Eichenried, where Colsaerts has never had much joy.

He has missed the cut in each of the last three BMW International Opens, even though two of those early finishes came at the Gut Larchenhof course in Cologne, which shares hosting responsibilities with this week's Munich-based test.

Colsaerts has never finished better than 39th at this week's venue despite possessing the length that would be expected to be a huge asset and he is worth opposing against course debutant Dean Burmester.

The South African has an excellent all-round game and can flourish as a driver whose average exceeds 303 yards off the tee and also as a putter comfortable on the greens.

He has not missed a cut in his last 16 outings, winning the Tshwane Open in his homeland earlier in the season, and he will have had his confidence boosted by the ninth place he secured at Wentworth.

Another player who should be buzzing is Southport's Tommy Fleetwood after his fourth-placed finish at last week's US Open.

The 26-year-old showed great maturity at Erin Hills and there is no reason to believe the Abu Dhabi Championship winner will let it all go to his head at a course where he finished 11th two years ago.

He is worthy of support in a match bet against local hero Martin Kaymer, who still looks to be out of sorts.

The Ryder Cup stalwart has missed the cut in three of the last four BMW Internationals and has not claimed a victory since he triumphed in the 2014 US Open.

With just two top-ten finishes in his last 15 events, he still has much work to do if wants to establish himself back among the elite.

D Burmester to beat N Colsaerts
2pts 10-11 Paddy Power
T Fleetwood to beat M Kaymer
2pts 10-11 Betfred, Hills

Colsaerts has never finished better than 39th at this week's venue despite possessing the length that would be expected to be a huge asset
E.W. Terms
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