BMW International Open 2017

Round 4 - Andres Romero claims narrow win

June 26, 2017

Andres Romero had seven birdies in his last 11 holes to win the BMW International Open by 1 stroke on Sunday.

The 837th-ranked Romero carded a bogey-free round of 65, the day's best, to finish on 17-under 271 overall, a shot better than Thomas Detry (66) and overnight leaders Sergio Garcia (69) and Richard Bland (69).

It was Romero's second European Tour title, 10 years after the Argentine won the Players Championship of Europe.

''This is a moment that changes my life,'' the 36-year-old Romero said.

Detry had been leading but the Belgian could only watch as Romero finished with his seventh birdie on Munich's Eichenried course.

Garcia's hopes took a hit with his second bogey on the 16th hole, while Bland had his second bogey on the 17th. Both ended with birdies but it wasn't enough to force a playoff.

Rikard Karlberg (66) was fifth at 14 under, a stroke ahead of Tommy Fleetwood, who finished with an eagle for a 67, and Renato Paratore (68).

Hennie Otto (69) and Nacho Elvira (66) were 12 under, ahead of defending champion Henrik Stenson (69) and American David Lipsky (70).

Round 3 - Sergio Garcia & Richard Bland share lead

June 25, 2017

Masters champion Sergio Garcia edged closer to his third title of the season when he fired a 67 to share the lead with England's Richard Bland going into the final round of the BMW International Open.

The Spanish star, playing in Europe for the first time since capturing the Masters in Augusta in April, had led after birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before 44-year-old Bland responded.

The Englishman, who had played out of the water on the 11th to hole a 20-footer, jumped out into a two-shot lead.

He holed out from the fairway on the 13th, but Garcia hit a fine approach into the 15th and a better tee shot into the 17th to move alongside him.

"I think it was a good, solid day," Garcia told www.europeantour.com, as his 67 was matched by Bland with both men standing at 13 under par for the three rounds.

"Obviously a couple of little putts there at the end that looked like they were going to go in and didn't but, overall, I felt like I played nicely.

Garcia, who carded seven birdies, added: "It's nice but it doesn't mean that it's finished. Still we have a long day tomorrow. We've got to go out there, play well again and see if we can pull it off."

Bland is playing in his 410th European Tour event but has yet to clinch a title.

"I hit some really good shots out there and I hit a couple of scrappy ones coming in but my short game saved me," said Bland.

"Got my feet wet and holed a second shot into 13. So yeah, kind of ran pretty much into everything."

Swede Joakim Lagergren, who had shared the overnight lead, is 12 under, two shots clear of Belgian Thomas Detry and Argentinian Andres Romero.

Round 2 - Big guns chase the lead

June 24, 2017

Sergio Garcia and Henrik Stenson head the chasing pack going into the weekend at the BMW International Open as they trail leaders Joakim Lagergren and Joel Stalter by one stroke.

Masters champion Garcia is playing his first event on European soil since his triumph at Augusta in April and shot a two-under round of 70 on Friday, leaving him eight under at the halfway point in Munich.

Sweden's Stenson, who will bid to defend his British Open title at Royal Birkdale next month, is level with Garcia after shooting a three-under 69 in his second round.

Stenson's compatriot Lagergren started on the 10th and used a flurry of three straight birdies before the turn to help propel himself to a 66, the lowest score of the day.

"It was great out there," Lagergren told www.europeantour.com. "I had a lot of fun out there. Playing really, really good, especially from tee-to-green. So I'm happy with that.

"It's a little bit more windy, yes. I would say the greens are a bit smaller when it's this windy but if you're still hitting really good shots out there, it's scoreable."

Frenchman Stalter will go out last alongside Lagergren on Saturday following a 68 that featured six birdies and two bogeys.

"I played really well," Stalter said. "Gave myself a lot of opportunities. "I'll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we'll see where I stand on Sunday."

Round 1 - Sergio Garcia just off the pace

June 23, 2017

Sergio Garcia opened his first event in Europe since his Masters win by shooting a bogey-free 6-under 66 to lie two strokes off the lead at the BMW International Open on Thursday.

Wade Ormsby (64) took the overnight lead from Thomas Detry (65), and Joost Luiten and Thorbjorn Olesen (66) were tied for third with Garcia.

''I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent,'' Garcia said.

Garcia opened with six birdies while Ormsby, who arrived at the Eichenried course on the back of three missed cuts, returned to fine form with eight.

''I had a fast start out there, turned in 30 on the front nine, and then kind of kept it going on the back,'' the Australian said.

Detry had a bogey on the first hole but recovered with six birdies and an eagle.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson (67) was among 12 players tied for sixth.

Scores

1 ARG Andres Romero -17 18 -7 67 71 68 65 271
2 BEL Thomas Detry -16 18 -6 65 71 70 66 272
T3 ENG Richard Bland -15 17 -2 67 69 67 - 203
T3 ESP Sergio Garcia -15 17 -2 66 70 67 - 203
5 SWE Rikard Karlberg -14 18 -6 67 69 72 66 274
T6 ITA Renato Paratore -13 18 -4 70 70 67 68 275
T6 ENG Tommy Fleetwood -13 18 -5 67 71 70 67 275
T8 RSA Hennie Otto -12 18 -3 68 69 70 69 276
T8 ESP Nacho Elvira -12 18 -6 72 70 68 66 276
T10 USA David Lipsky -11 18 -2 71 69 67 70 277
T10 SWE Henrik Stenson -11 18 -3 67 69 72 69 277
T12 THA Kiradech Aphibarnrat -10 18 -3 67 74 68 69 278
T12 SCO Scott Henry -10 18 -1 69 72 66 71 278
T14 RSA Dylan Frittelli -9 18 -2 72 71 66 70 279
T14 RSA George Coetzee -9 18 -2 69 70 70 70 279
T14 WAL Jamie Donaldson -9 18 -2 70 71 68 70 279
T14 SWE Joakim Lagergren -9 18 3 69 66 69 75 279
T14 NED Joost Luiten -9 18 -1 66 73 69 71 279
T14 ESP Pablo Larrazabal -9 18 -3 71 71 68 69 279
T20 ENG Ashley Chesters -8 18 -3 71 71 69 69 280
T20 AUT Bernd Wiesberger -8 18 -4 70 68 74 68 280
T20 RSA Jaco Van Zyl -8 18 -1 70 72 67 71 280
T20 ESP Jorge Campillo -8 18 -1 74 69 66 71 280
T20 SWE Niclas Fasth -8 18 Par 68 69 71 72 280
T20 RSA Trevor Fisher Jnr -8 18 -1 69 69 71 71 280
T26 ESP Eduardo De La Riva -7 18 -1 70 68 72 71 281
T26 Nicolai von Dellingshausen -7 18 -5 69 74 71 67 281
T26 BEL Nicolas Colsaerts -7 18 Par 71 71 67 72 281
T26 ESP Rafael Cabrera Bello -7 18 -1 69 74 67 71 281
T26 NZL Ryan Fox -7 18 -2 68 75 68 70 281
T31 ENG Anthony Wall -6 18 1 71 72 66 73 282
T31 RSA Brandon Stone -6 18 1 72 71 66 73 282
T31 FRA Romain Langasque -6 18 Par 71 71 68 72 282
T34 SWE Alexander Bjoerk -5 18 Par 71 71 69 72 283
T34 AUS Brett Rumford -5 18 3 68 73 67 75 283
T34 ENG James Morrison -5 18 -2 67 74 72 70 283
T34 SWE Jens Dantorp -5 18 1 69 73 68 73 283
T34 SWE Jens Fahrbring -5 18 2 72 67 70 74 283
T34 ITA Nino Bertasio -5 18 1 70 72 68 73 283
T34 RSA Richard Sterne -5 18 1 71 72 67 73 283
T34 IND Shiv Kapur -5 18 Par 67 72 72 72 283
T34 DEN Thorbjorn Olesen -5 18 Par 66 74 71 72 283
T34 FRA Victor Dubuisson -5 18 -2 72 69 72 70 283
T44 FRA Gregory Havret -4 18 -1 70 72 71 71 284
T44 SWE Jeff Winther -4 18 2 69 72 69 74 284
T44 ENG Jordan Smith -4 18 1 70 69 72 73 284
T44 SCO Paul Lawrie -4 18 2 73 67 70 74 284
T44 SWE Peter Hanson -4 18 -3 69 73 73 69 284
T44 ENG Tom Lewis -4 18 2 71 71 68 74 284
T44 AUS Wade Ormsby -4 18 1 64 74 73 73 284
T51 ESP Adrian Otaegui -3 18 1 70 73 69 73 285
T51 ENG Andy Sullivan -3 18 1 70 71 71 73 285
T51 GER Florian Fritsch -3 18 -1 69 73 72 71 285
T51 ENG Jamie Rutherford -3 18 Par 69 71 73 72 285
T51 FRA Joel Stalter -3 18 4 67 68 74 76 285
T51 ENG Mark Foster -3 18 -1 69 72 73 71 285
T51 ENG Matthew Southgate -3 18 -2 67 70 78 70 285
T51 FRA Romain Wattel -3 18 Par 73 70 70 72 285
T59 USA Daniel Im -2 18 -1 67 76 72 71 286
T59 RSA Ernie Els -2 18 1 71 71 71 73 286
T59 RSA Jaco Ahlers -2 18 1 67 73 73 73 286
T59 DNK Lucas Bjerregaard -2 18 4 70 72 68 76 286
T59 Max Schmitt -2 18 3 74 67 70 75 286
T59 ENG Paul Maddy -2 18 1 69 73 71 73 286
T59 SWE Pontus Widegren -2 18 2 69 69 74 74 286
T59 ENG Richard McEvoy -2 18 2 69 72 71 74 286
T67 ENG Daniel Brooks -1 18 Par 70 72 73 72 287
T67 PAR Fabrizio Zanotti -1 18 Par 68 75 72 72 287
T67 ENG Graeme Storm -1 18 3 71 69 72 75 287
T67 SWE Johan Carlsson -1 18 Par 72 70 73 72 287
T67 GER Max Kramer -1 18 2 70 70 73 74 287
T67 RSA Zander Lombard -1 18 1 74 69 71 73 287
T73 ITA Edoardo Molinari Par 18 3 72 70 71 75 288
T73 GER Sebastian Heisele Par 18 5 70 73 68 77 288
T75 ENG David Horsey 1 18 5 71 72 69 77 289
T75 FIN Mikko Korhonen 1 18 2 70 73 72 74 289
T75 AUS Richard Green 1 18 2 69 71 75 74 289
78 Sean Crocker 7 18 9 69 74 71 81 295
CUT GER Alexander Knappe Par - 72 69 75 - - 144
CUT ENG Ben Evans Par - 72 74 70 - - 144
CUT GER Bernd Ritthammer Par - 72 73 71 - - 144
CUT ESP Borja Virto Par - 72 68 76 - - 144
CUT RSA Darren Fichardt Par - 72 75 69 - - 144
CUT ENG Gary King Par - 72 71 73 - - 144
CUT ENG James Heath Par - 72 72 72 - - 144
CUT RSA Jbe Kruger Par - Par 73 70 73 - 216
CUT ENG Laurie Canter Par - Par 73 70 73 - 216
CUT GER Martin Kaymer Par - 72 72 72 - - 144
CUT ITA Matteo Manassero Par - 72 69 75 - - 144
CUT FRA Matthieu Pavon Par - 72 75 69 - - 144
CUT ENG Max Orrin Par - 72 68 76 - - 144
CUT ENG Oliver Fisher Par - Par 72 71 73 - 216
CUT POR Ricardo Melo Gouveia Par - 72 72 72 - - 144
CUT IND Shiv Chawrasia Par - 216 - - - - 0
CUT SWE Anton Karlsson 1 - 72 75 70 - - 145
CUT SCO David Drysdale 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT RSA Dean Burmester 1 - Par 72 70 75 - 217
CUT ENG Eddie Pepperell 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT CHI Felipe Aguilar 1 - 72 69 76 - - 145
CUT FRA Julien Quesne 1 - Par 75 68 74 - 217
CUT ENG Matthew Nixon 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT GER Maximilian Kieffer 1 - Par 72 70 75 - 217
CUT SWE Sebastian Soederberg 1 - 72 72 73 - - 145
CUT SCO Stephen Gallacher 1 - 72 70 75 - - 145
CUT ENG Chris Hanson 2 - 72 71 75 - - 146
CUT RSA Haydn Porteous 2 - 72 73 73 - - 146
CUT ENG Lee Slattery 2 - 72 72 74 - - 146
CUT FRA Michael Lorenzo-Vera 2 - 72 73 73 - - 146
CUT USA Paul Peterson 2 - 72 72 74 - - 146
CUT AUS Sam Brazel 2 - 72 73 73 - - 146
CUT WAL Stuart Manley 2 - 72 70 76 - - 146
CUT CHI Ashun Wu 3 - 72 75 72 - - 147
CUT ENG Chris Paisley 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
CUT DNK Lasse Jensen 3 - 72 77 70 - - 147
CUT GER Marcel Siem 3 - 72 76 71 - - 147
CUT AUS Marcus Fraser 3 - 72 76 71 - - 147
CUT SWE Robert Karlsson 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
CUT ENG Sam Walker 3 - 72 73 74 - - 147
CUT ENG Steven Tiley 3 - 72 72 75 - - 147
CUT ESP Alvaro Quiros 4 - 72 68 80 - - 148
CUT AUS Jason Scrivener 4 - Par 71 72 77 - 220
CUT ENG John Parry 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
CUT RSA Justin Walters 4 - 72 75 73 - - 148
CUT SWE Kristoffer Broberg 4 - 72 72 76 - - 148
CUT ENG Marcus Armitage 4 - 72 78 70 - - 148
CUT GER Max Rottluff 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
CUT SWE Niclas Johansson 4 - 72 73 75 - - 148
CUT ENG Steve Webster 4 - 72 70 78 - - 148
CUT DEN Thomas Bjorn 4 - 72 74 74 - - 148
CUT FRA Benjamin Hebert 5 - 72 73 76 - - 149
CUT FIN Mikko Ilonen 5 - 72 74 75 - - 149
CUT THA Pavit Tangkamolprasert 5 - 72 74 75 - - 149
CUT THA Thongchai Jaidee 5 - 72 68 81 - - 149
CUT FRA Damien Perrier 6 - 72 75 75 - - 150
CUT POR Jose-Filipe Lima 6 - 72 75 75 - - 150
CUT ARG Rafa Echenique 6 - 72 76 74 - - 150
CUT ARG Ricardo Gonzalez 6 - 72 79 71 - - 150
CUT SCO Scott Jamieson 6 - 72 71 79 - - 150
CUT Hinrich Arkenau 7 - 72 78 73 - - 151
CUT ESP Jose Maria Olazabal 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
CUT FRA Raphael Jacquelin 7 - 72 75 76 - - 151
CUT ENG Richard Finch 7 - 72 72 79 - - 151
CUT ENG Robert Dinwiddie 7 - 72 73 78 - - 151
CUT ENG Simon Khan 7 - 72 72 79 - - 151
CUT KOR Soo-Min Lee 7 - 72 72 79 - - 151
CUT ESP Alejandro Canizares 8 - 72 74 78 - - 152
CUT ESP Pep Angles 8 - 72 80 72 - - 152
CUT TPE Shih-Chang Chan 8 - 72 76 76 - - 152
CUT Thomas Rosenmueller 8 - 72 73 79 - - 152
CUT SCO Duncan Stewart 9 - 72 70 83 - - 153
CUT ENG Nathan Kimsey 9 - 72 74 79 - - 153
CUT IND Jeev Milkha Singh 10 - 72 76 78 - - 154
CUT ENG Simon Dyson 11 - 72 74 81 - - 155
CUT Jonas Koelbing 14 - 72 72 86 - - 158
CUT SCO Marc Warren 15 - 72 74 85 - - 159
RET ENG Callum Shinkwin 9 11 153 72 - - - 72
RET ENG David Howell 8 9 149 75 - - - 75