European Tour

BMW International Open 2018

June 21-24

Golfclub München Eichenried, Germany

€2,000,000

June 21-24

Golfclub München Eichenried, Germany

€2,000,000

Round 1

Gros takes opening lead in Germany

June 21, 2018

Sébastien Gros got the better of the windy conditions at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof to take a slender one-shot lead into the second round of the BMW International Open.

Gros takes opening lead in Germany, © Getty Images

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The high winds posed a challenge across the field on the opening day in Pulheim, but the Frenchman kept a near-perfect card - with a bogey on the 17th the only blemish - to record a four under par round of 68.

“Today was very special because the conditions were quite brutal. There was a lot of wind, sometimes a three-club wind, so it's a good start. It's just Thursday so no need to start thinking about anything, it's just a good round, and we'll try to take enough confidence out of this round to keep going for the rest of the week."

“The putt on 12 was a key moment for today because I just never thought this ball could get in but it was like a magnet. That was a good bonus, I had a few bonuses at the start - two very long putts on the first two so the putter has been working today, I just hope it will keep me smiling all week.”

He had been two shots ahead until that dropped shot and could have ended the day in a share of the lead but for Spaniard Jorge Campillo’s bogey on the last, but Gros remains just ahead of the chasing pack of Campillo, Scotland's Scott Jamieson, Englishman Aaron Rai and Swede Henric Sturehed on three under par.

“It was a tough day," said Campillo, "quite windy, the rough was high up. The greens were getting firmer and firmer with this wind. It was a great day, I played solid, I got a few good up and downs. It's not nice to finish with bogey, but still a good round.

“You have to be patient and just see where the wind is coming from. You know everyone is going to miss shots. You just need to try to keep the ball in play. It's a tough thing to do in this wind, but I think it's a fun course to play."

Swede Christofer Blomstrand, Chilean pair Nico Geyger and Mark Tullo, England's David Howell, Frenchman Victor Perez and local favourite Nicolai von Dellingshausen are one shot further back at two under par.

It was a tough day for the marquee groups, with 2017 Masters Tournament Champion Sergio Garcia finishing on one over par, while home favourite and two-time Major winner Martin Kaymer managed to go one shot better in the same group, thanks in part to a crowd-pleasing chip-in on the third hole.

“It was a challenge but it was very fair," said Kaymer. "If you hit good shots you really needed to control your spin, your trajectory of the golf shot. So it was challenging, but we are supposed to be the best players in the world, so if somebody can do it we are supposed to do it. It was playable, there were some decent scores out there.”

Reigning Race to Dubai Champion Tommy Fleetwood posted a two over par round of 74 in the company of four-time Major winner Ernie Els, who birdied the last to get to one under par.

Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-4
68
T2
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
69
T2
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-3
69
T2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
69
T2
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T6
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-2
70
T6
David Howell
ENG
-2
70
T6
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
70
T6
Nico Geyger
CHI
-2
70
T6
Nicolai von Dellingshausen
GER
-2
70
T6
Victor Perez
FRA
-2
70
T12
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
71
T12
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
71
T12
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
T12
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
71
T12
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
71
T12
Julien Quesne
FRA
-1
71
T12
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-1
71
T12
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
71
T12
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T12
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
71
T12
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T23
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
72
T23
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
72
T23
Christopher Mivis
BEL
Par
72
T23
David Horsey
ENG
Par
72
T23
Eirik Tage Johansen
NOR
Par
72
T23
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
72
T23
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
72
T23
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
72
T23
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
72
T23
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
72
T23
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
72
T35
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
T35
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
73
T35
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
73
T35
Chris Hanson
ENG
1
73
T35
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
73
T35
Daniel Im
USA
1
73
T35
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
73
T35
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
73
T35
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
T35
James Heath
ENG
1
73
T35
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
1
73
T35
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
73
T35
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
73
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
73
T35
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
73
T35
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
73
T35
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
73
T35
Stephan Jaeger
GER
1
73
T35
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T35
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T55
Adam Bland
AUS
2
74
T55
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
2
74
T55
Charlie Ford
ENG
2
74
T55
Connor Syme
SCO
2
74
T55
David Lipsky
USA
2
74
T55
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T55
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T55
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
74
T55
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
2
74
T55
Joel Stalter
FRA
2
74
T55
Jonas Koelbing
GER
2
74
T55
Lasse Jensen
DNK
2
74
T55
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
74
T55
Marc Warren
SCO
2
74
T55
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
74
T55
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
74
T55
Rafa Echenique
ARG
2
74
T55
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
74
T55
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
74
T55
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
2
74
T55
William Liu
CHN
2
74
T76
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
75
T76
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
75
T76
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
75
T76
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
75
T76
Chase Koepka
USA
3
75
T76
David Drysdale
SCO
3
75
T76
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
75
T76
Florian Fritsch
GER
3
75
T76
Gavin Green
MAS
3
75
T76
Julian Suri
USA
3
75
T76
Marcel Schneider
GER
3
75
T76
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
75
T76
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
75
T76
Paul Peterson
USA
3
75
T76
Pep Angles
ESP
3
75
T76
Pontus Widegren
SWE
3
75
T76
Scott Fernandez
ESP
3
75
T76
Sebastian Heisele
GER
3
75
T76
Seung-Su Han
KOR
3
75
T95
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
76
T95
Alexander Knappe
GER
4
76
T95
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
76
T95
Anders Hansen
DEN
4
76
T95
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
76
T95
Hinrich Arkenau
GER
4
76
T95
Jason Norris
AUS
4
76
T95
Julian Kunzenbacher
GER
4
76
T95
Julien Guerrier
FRA
4
76
T95
Justin Walters
RSA
4
76
T95
Marcel Siem
GER
4
76
T95
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
76
T95
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
76
T95
Max Schmitt
GER
4
76
T95
Paul McBride
IRL
4
76
T95
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
76
T95
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
76
T95
Tom Lewis
ENG
4
76
T113
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
77
T113
Christian Braeunig
GER
5
77
T113
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
77
T113
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
77
T113
Josh Geary
NZL
5
77
T113
Marcus Fraser
AUS
5
77
T113
Richard Bland
ENG
5
77
T113
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
77
T113
Ross McGowan
ENG
5
77
T113
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
77
T113
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
77
T113
Zander Lombard
RSA
5
77
T125
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
6
78
T125
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
6
78
T125
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
6
78
T125
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
78
T125
Max Kramer
GER
6
78
T125
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
6
78
T125
Nino Bertasio
ITA
6
78
T125
Pedro Oriol
ESP
6
78
T125
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
78
T125
Steven Brown
ENG
6
78
T135
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
79
T135
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
79
T135
Daniel Brooks
ENG
7
79
T135
Hurly Long
GER
7
79
T135
Johan Edfors
SWE
7
79
T135
Lee Slattery
ENG
7
79
T135
Oscar Serna
MEX
7
79
T142
Sean Einhaus
GER
8
80
T142
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
8
80
T144
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
81
T144
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
9
81
T144
Michael Hirmer
GER
9
81
T144
Oliver Farr
WAL
9
81
T144
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
9
81
T149
Jordan Zunic
AUS
10
82
T149
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
10
82
T149
Rak Cho
KOR
10
82
T149
Renato Paratore
ITA
10
82
T153
Clement Sordet
FRA
11
83
T153
Fin Fleer
GER
11
83
155
Sam Brazel
AUS
13
85
RET
Simon Khan
ENG
Par
-
Pos.
Player
Nat
To Par
R1
1
Sebastien Gros
FRA
-4
68
T2
Aaron Rai
ENG
-3
69
T2
Henric Sturehed
SWE
-3
69
T2
Jorge Campillo
ESP
-3
69
T2
Scott Jamieson
SCO
-3
69
T6
Christofer Blomstrand
SWE
-2
70
T6
David Howell
ENG
-2
70
T6
Mark Tullo
CHL
-2
70
T6
Nico Geyger
CHI
-2
70
T6
Nicolai von Dellingshausen
GER
-2
70
T6
Victor Perez
FRA
-2
70
T12
Adrian Otaegui
ESP
-1
71
T12
Andres Romero
ARG
-1
71
T12
Andy Sullivan
ENG
-1
71
T12
Ernie Els
RSA
-1
71
T12
Nacho Elvira
ESP
-1
71
T12
Julien Quesne
FRA
-1
71
T12
Maximilian Kieffer
GER
-1
71
T12
Mikko Korhonen
FIN
-1
71
T12
Scott Hend
AUS
-1
71
T12
Thomas Detry
BEL
-1
71
T12
Wade Ormsby
AUS
-1
71
T23
Chris Paisley
ENG
Par
72
T23
Chris Wood
ENG
Par
72
T23
Christopher Mivis
BEL
Par
72
T23
David Horsey
ENG
Par
72
T23
Eirik Tage Johansen
NOR
Par
72
T23
Lucas Bjerregaard
DNK
Par
72
T23
Mark Foster
ENG
Par
72
T23
Martin Kaymer
GER
Par
72
T23
Matthias Schwab
AUT
Par
72
T23
Nick Cullen
AUS
Par
72
T23
Richard Sterne
RSA
Par
72
T23
Soren Kjeldsen
DEN
Par
72
T35
Ashley Chesters
ENG
1
73
T35
Austin Connelly
CAN
1
73
T35
Bradley Dredge
WAL
1
73
T35
Chris Hanson
ENG
1
73
T35
Christiaan Bezuidenhout
RSA
1
73
T35
Daniel Im
USA
1
73
T35
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano
ESP
1
73
T35
Gregory Bourdy
FRA
1
73
T35
Haydn Porteous
RSA
1
73
T35
James Heath
ENG
1
73
T35
Jose-Filipe Lima
POR
1
73
T35
Laurie Canter
ENG
1
73
T35
Louis De Jager
RSA
1
73
T35
Lucas Herbert
AUS
1
73
T35
Matt Wallace
ENG
1
73
T35
Sam Horsfield
ENG
1
73
T35
Sergio Garcia
ESP
1
73
T35
Stephan Jaeger
GER
1
73
T35
Thomas Pieters
BEL
1
73
T35
Thorbjorn Olesen
DEN
1
73
T55
Adam Bland
AUS
2
74
T55
Birgir Hafthorsson
ISL
2
74
T55
Charlie Ford
ENG
2
74
T55
Connor Syme
SCO
2
74
T55
David Lipsky
USA
2
74
T55
Edoardo Molinari
ITA
2
74
T55
Jens Dantorp
SWE
2
74
T55
Jeung-Hun Wang
KOR
2
74
T55
Joel Sjoeholm
SWE
2
74
T55
Joel Stalter
FRA
2
74
T55
Jonas Koelbing
GER
2
74
T55
Lasse Jensen
DNK
2
74
T55
Lorenzo Gagli
ITA
2
74
T55
Marc Warren
SCO
2
74
T55
Peter Hanson
SWE
2
74
T55
Phachara Khongwatmai
THA
2
74
T55
Rafa Echenique
ARG
2
74
T55
Raphael Jacquelin
FRA
2
74
T55
Thongchai Jaidee
THA
2
74
T55
Tommy Fleetwood
ENG
2
74
T55
William Liu
CHN
2
74
T76
Andrea Pavan
ITA
3
75
T76
Bradley Neil
SCO
3
75
T76
Callum Shinkwin
ENG
3
75
T76
Carlos Pigem
ESP
3
75
T76
Chase Koepka
USA
3
75
T76
David Drysdale
SCO
3
75
T76
Felipe Aguilar
CHI
3
75
T76
Florian Fritsch
GER
3
75
T76
Gavin Green
MAS
3
75
T76
Julian Suri
USA
3
75
T76
Marcel Schneider
GER
3
75
T76
Matthew Baldwin
ENG
3
75
T76
Oliver Fisher
ENG
3
75
T76
Paul Peterson
USA
3
75
T76
Pep Angles
ESP
3
75
T76
Pontus Widegren
SWE
3
75
T76
Scott Fernandez
ESP
3
75
T76
Sebastian Heisele
GER
3
75
T76
Seung-Su Han
KOR
3
75
T95
Alexander Bjoerk
SWE
4
76
T95
Alexander Knappe
GER
4
76
T95
Alvaro Quiros
ESP
4
76
T95
Anders Hansen
DEN
4
76
T95
Gregory Havret
FRA
4
76
T95
Hinrich Arkenau
GER
4
76
T95
Jason Norris
AUS
4
76
T95
Julian Kunzenbacher
GER
4
76
T95
Julien Guerrier
FRA
4
76
T95
Justin Walters
RSA
4
76
T95
Marcel Siem
GER
4
76
T95
Marcus Kinhult
SWE
4
76
T95
Matthew Nixon
ENG
4
76
T95
Max Schmitt
GER
4
76
T95
Paul McBride
IRL
4
76
T95
Ricardo Melo Gouveia
POR
4
76
T95
Thomas Aiken
RSA
4
76
T95
Tom Lewis
ENG
4
76
T113
Adrien Saddier
SCO
5
77
T113
Christian Braeunig
GER
5
77
T113
Jeff Winther
SWE
5
77
T113
Jonathan Thomson
ENG
5
77
T113
Josh Geary
NZL
5
77
T113
Marcus Fraser
AUS
5
77
T113
Richard Bland
ENG
5
77
T113
Richard McEvoy
ENG
5
77
T113
Ross McGowan
ENG
5
77
T113
Soo-Min Lee
KOR
5
77
T113
Stephen Gallacher
SCO
5
77
T113
Zander Lombard
RSA
5
77
T125
Bernd Ritthammer
GER
6
78
T125
Eddie Pepperell
ENG
6
78
T125
Jin-Ho Choi
KOR
6
78
T125
Matteo Manassero
ITA
6
78
T125
Max Kramer
GER
6
78
T125
Michael Lorenzo-Vera
FRA
6
78
T125
Nino Bertasio
ITA
6
78
T125
Pedro Oriol
ESP
6
78
T125
Robert Karlsson
SWE
6
78
T125
Steven Brown
ENG
6
78
T135
Alejandro Canizares
ESP
7
79
T135
Brandon Stone
RSA
7
79
T135
Daniel Brooks
ENG
7
79
T135
Hurly Long
GER
7
79
T135
Johan Edfors
SWE
7
79
T135
Lee Slattery
ENG
7
79
T135
Oscar Serna
MEX
7
79
T142
Sean Einhaus
GER
8
80
T142
Shiv Chawrasia
IND
8
80
T144
Jacques Kruyswijk
RSA
9
81
T144
Jamie Donaldson
WAL
9
81
T144
Michael Hirmer
GER
9
81
T144
Oliver Farr
WAL
9
81
T144
Yusaku Miyazato
JPN
9
81
T149
Jordan Zunic
AUS
10
82
T149
Jose Maria Olazabal
ESP
10
82
T149
Rak Cho
KOR
10
82
T149
Renato Paratore
ITA
10
82
T153
Clement Sordet
FRA
11
83
T153
Fin Fleer
GER
11
83
155
Sam Brazel
AUS
13
85
RET
Simon Khan
ENG
Par
-