BMW International Open. Andres Romero Returns To Winners Circle

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Andres Romero, from Argentina, returns to winners circle for the first time in ten years lifting the BMW International Open title at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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A final  bogey free round  of  -7 under par 65 gave Andres the BMW International Open title with a -17 under par tournament total, and he was very happy with the outcome. A birdie putt at the last hole gave him the win, and avoided a play-off;

“I’m really happy, after ten years winning on the European Tour, especially here in Germany. I’m really, really happy.”

“The whole round was very good. I was focused all day. I didn’t make any bogeys, that is a rare thing for my type of game.”

“The last few holes I noticed I made seven birdies but the whole round was excellent.”

“I was nervous when I got to the 18th green but finally when I was thinking with two putts I could win the tournament, I was really nervous.”

“But hopefully I was going to do a two-putt and now I have my trophy and enjoy this moment.”

Tied in second place at -16 under par were; Sergio Garcia, Spain, -3 under 69 today, Richard Bland, England, -3 under 69, and Thomas Detry, Belgium, with a last round -6 under 66.

Sergio said he miscued with his putter a few times;

“It was a good week. Obviously fell just short.”

“I felt like I played well enough to win for sure.”

“Obviously a couple of missed putts here and there today and some really good putts that didn’t want to go in.”

Richard also had problems with the putter;

“I’m pretty gutted but I gave it a good run. I just got caught in between clubs on 17 and it was the only shot I didn’t commit to all day.”

“Proud of the two shots I hit on the last and just didn’t quite hole the putts.”

Thomas also had that feeling about the putter;

“You always have that little bit of a sour feeling in yourself when you finish just short.”

“I wasn’t putting great and now I’m making some good putts, it’s good to be in that position on the weekend.”

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BMW International Open. Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland are Tied at the Top.

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Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland are tied at the top of the BMW International Open after 54 holes at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Both Sergio, Spain and Richard, England, shot third rounds of -5 under par 67, to lead the BMW International Open with totals of -13 under par, and will take a one shot advantage into the final round tomorrow.

Sergio missed a couple of short putts towards the end of his round

“I think it was a good, solid day, 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.”

“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.”

Richard played some amazing golf, making a birdie from the water on the par five 11th and holing out from the fairway for an Eagle on the par four 13th.

“I hit some really good shots out there and I hit a couple of scrappy ones coming in but my short game saved me.”

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

“The confidence to be fair has been a little fragile recently. I’ve not been playing that great, but rounds like that, and the two previous rounds, just kind of helps the confidence.”

“So I’ve just got to go out there tomorrow with the same attitude and if I can keep hitting some good shots, then hopefully I’ve got a say come tomorrow afternoon.”

“You’ve got to stay aggressive when you can and hopefully take your chances and hopefully that will be good enough.”

In third place one shot behind at -12 under par is Joakim Lagergren, from Sweden, with a  -3 under par 69 today;

“I’m happy with the score. I fought a lot out there.”

“It wasn’t pretty at all but the long game turned down on me today and the short game came back to me.”

 Thomas Detry, Belgium, -2 under 70 today and  Andres Romero, from Argentina, -4 under 68,  are both at -10 under for the tournament in fourth place.

BMW International Open. Wade Ormsby Leads.

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Wade Ormsby, of Australia, leads the BMW International Open at  Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Wade fired a first round -8 under par 64 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot;

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

 “A bit steadier on the back but very happy.”

“We actually came here this morning to practice early which I’ve never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn’t getting what I wanted.”

“I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we’re trying to work on, which isn’t normally me, I play by feel.”

In second place at -7 under, is Thomas Detry, from Belgium, he carded an opening round 65.

Tied in third place at -6 under are,  Sergio Garcia, SpainThorbjørn Olesen, Denmark and Joost Luiten, Holland.

Sergio, bogey free today, is  playing his first regular European Tour event since winning his first Major Championship at Augusta National, and said he had played and putted well today;

“It was great, I felt like I played quite well, not spectacular, but very consistent throughout the whole day.”

“I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.”

“There’s still three more to go, so we’re going to keep playing hard and hopefully we’ll have some more like this and we’ll be up there on Sunday.”

BMW International Open. Henrik Has Won His Tenth Title.

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Henrik Stenson, from Sweden, has won his tenth European Tour title, the BMW International Open in Germany.

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Henrik had to play 36 holes on Sunday, and did it in style as he cruised to victory in the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof. His final tournament total was -17 under par, after carding -5 under 67 in the third round and -1 under 71 in his last round, which gave him a three shot winning margin;

“I’m delighted, I came close here the last two years so I finally get my hands on it again.”

“It was hairy all the way, it was a tough one. I had to dig deep to come back. I didn’t play well on the front nine, made a couple of mistakes, got caught out by the wind a few times and missed one or two putts I should have made as well.”

“I felt like I was starting to make a bit of a mess of it and then I came back and made the birdies on the par fives. I made some good putts closing out.”

“I really feel like I played well in 2015 and I just couldn’t get a trophy.”

“It was a bit hard at times but you’ve just got to keep on trying and put yourself in position. I did that once again and this time I managed to go all the way.”

 Thorbjørn Olesen from Denmark and Darren Fichardt, South Africa tied in second place at -14 under par.

Raphaël Jacquelin, from France, could only produce two rounds of even par 70, to finish his tournament at -11 under par, in fourth place on his own.

BMW International Open. Round Three Washed Out.

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The second round leaders, Henrik Stenson, Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Raphaël Jacquelin will now have to play 36 holes tomorrow.

Henrik spoke about the long delays and of course the rain;

“We’ve got a pretty long day ahead of us tomorrow, but we’ll get it done eventually.”

“I think it’s been rather wet today,”It continues to be that way. We play an outdoor sport, you get these every now and again.”

“When it was a heavy downpour, there was a flood coming over the 18th and the putting green was completely underwater.”

“It’s not playable, and we’re just going to try to get all the golf done tomorrow instead.”

Tournament Director David Williams told reporters,

“Today in the last four or five hours, there’s been nearly 100ml of rainfall.”

“So it’s been pretty constant and on top of what’s already a pretty wet golf course.”

“We’ve been out to the third fairway a couple of hours ago and the entire fairway was unplayable. And even if it stopped, it would probably be a couple of hours before it would be anything like playable and the forecast is for it not to stop.”

“So we then decided we had to try and make some sort of solution for the good of the tournament.”

“This is going to continue until at least 7.00pm tonight. Hopefully after that, it’s going to start to peter out.”

“It should be relatively dry then through the night and into tomorrow.”

BMW International Open. Three Tied at the Top.

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Three players are tied at the top of the BMW International Open leaderboard in Germany. Henrik Stenson from SwedenRaphaël Jacquelin, France and Kiradech Aphibarnrat who hails from Thailand.

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England have left the European Union, but the BMW International Open tournament carries on, with Henrik, Raphaël and Kiradech all sharing top spot on the leaderboard at the half-way stage with -11 under par totals.

Henrik carded a bogey free -7 under par 65, to join  Raphaël who was -4 under 68 today, and Kiradech hauled himself into contention with the days low round, -8 under par 64.

Henrik has regained his game face;

“I came here to really try to put myself in contention and so far, so good; I’ve done that.” 

“There’s been a few tournaments in this late spring, early summer, where I feel like maybe I’ve been showing up feeling like I’m working on my game and not been 100 per cent there to compete.”

“Now we don’t have too many tournaments before the Open Championship, the PGA and the Olympics.”

“It’s time to put that tournament focus back on and then go out and do a good job.”

“I’ve done that for two days and I’m going to try to push myself to do it another two.”

Raphaël was happy to put in another solid round of golf;

“It’s always good to shoot a solid round after a good 65.”

 “That gave me some confidence for the weekend and put me right up there.”

“I’m very happy about my ball striking and my short game. That was solid again all day long.”

“I’m just going to focus and stay focused on what I’m doing at the moment on my swing and my short game.”

“The rest, I’ll try my best to shoot low again, and we’ll see at the end of the weekend.”

Kiradech was glad his putter had started to work;

“This card is about the first shot.”

“You put yourself in the fairways, you have opportunities to make a lot of birdies, and my putter was working better than yesterday.”

“Striking the ball great at the flag, every single ball. It was a fantastic round.”

“I haven’t played good golf the last few months.”

“After I hit many good shots on the front nine, I got my confidence back and I believed in myself that I’m one of the top players.”

Thorbjørn Olesen is in fourth place at -10 under par, he shot -5 under 67 in the second round.

BMW International Open. Raphaël Jacquelin Round 1 Leader

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Raphaël Jacquelin is the round 1 leader of the BMW International Open  at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Germany.

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Raphaël carded a 1st round -7 under par 65 to lead the BMW International Open by one shot in Germany.

He was naturally very pleased with his effort;

“I’m very pleased of course, as you can imagine.”

 “I played solid pretty much all day long. It was a bit tough at the end but I managed to save some good pars.”

“The wind was picking up again, so it was not easy at all.”

“I tried to stay focused on the game and the way I was hitting the ball and did pretty well and very happy for that and leading, t’s been a long time.”

“It’s a good feeling.”

“It’s been a long time, but it’s difficult. I’m still practicing hard and working hard on the game, and here we go, sometimes it pays.”

“I’m just going to try to do the same the rest of the week.”

In second place at -6 under par after his opening round of 66 is Oliver Fisher who was also pleased with his days work;

“The guys that hit the fairways and tee-to-green around here generally do pretty well.”

“Today that’s what I’ve done well, and a round of 66, I’m very pleased.”

“BMW are a great sponsor of the Tour and this is a great event, and I look forward to it every year, whether it be at Eichenried or here in Cologne.”

Sharing third place at -5 under par following their first rounds of 67 are  Zander LombardThorbjørn Olesen and  Felipe Aguilar.