BMW International Open. Pablo Larrazábal Wins

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Pablo Larrazábal wins the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried, in Germany.

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Pablo had a bogey free final round of -6 under par 66, to win the BMW International Open title with a -17 under par total, a one shot victory.

Pablo said he was worn out after his great effort, the victory was due to some great putting;

“I’m very tired.”

“I knew that I was in a good position, and I knew that I had to start very fast. I had to start with a few birdies in the first few holes, and I started very well.”

 “I think I was five under for the front nine, hitting the ball great, as good as I’ve hit it all year, and my putting was awesome. I made a lot of great putts.

“Coming in, it was tough. You have a lot of holes with a lot of trouble. 

Something else for Pablo to celebrate, he is getting married to his partner Gala Alten in August, it will be a dream come true;

“In two months I will be a married man.”

“This is awesome; being with her again around Munich and around this beautiful golf course, it gave us a lot of great memories and being married to her is a dream come true.”

In second place was Henrik Stenson, at -16 under par for the tournament, a -7 under par 65 today proved that he had recovered from the tough week at the US Open. Who has ever heard of removing stones from the bunker, in a Major Championship, really.

Henrik also putted very well on these perfect greens, carding an Eagle on the par five 11th, and nearly repeated it on 18;

“I hit some great shots and took full advantage of those two holes and thought if I could post a low number in the clubhouse, see what happened.”

“I came out there, hit some nice shots and took advantage with a good putter. There is not much to be disappointed in today.”

“I had a long range chance on 17 that looked good and an eagle chance on the last, but it was a tricky line and didn’t get the read right.”

Chris Paisley shot a -1 under par 71 in the final pairing to take third place  on -15 under, his first European Tour top ten finish, while English compatriot, and overnight leader James Morrison sadly signed for a last round +5 over par 77, which sent him crashing down the leaderboard.

Chris tweeted;

“Hope everyone enjoyed watching as much as I enjoyed playing! Happy your bets came in and delighted to finish 3rd! Thank you all so much!”



BMW International Open. Morrison Moves Ahead.

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James Morrison moves ahead on moving day in the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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James recorded a -5 under par 67 in the third round of the BMW International Open, in Munich, and will take a two shot lead into the final round tomorrow, at -16 under par.

James won the Open de España in May, and is in good form, but was upset at carding a bogey six at the par five 18th;

“I played good again, I didn’t really give anything away.”

“The last was disappointing but I had such a bad lie on the left-hand side and to that pin.”

“The scoring has always been low over the years, so you have just got to keep going low and keep making birdies and I did that.”

“I’ll keep trying, hopefully draw on Spain’s good vibes and see what happens.”

In second place at -14 under par, after his -6 under third round of 66 is Chris Paisley, a qualifying school graduate, who is yet to record a top-ten finish on the European Tour, but is in a good position here to make his mark;

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“I’m excited to be honest, I think I’m going to be playing in the final group of a European Tour event on Sunday, so who doesn’t want to do that.”

“I’m really proud of how I played today. It’s the first time I’ve been in this position in a European Tour event. 

“I’ve always worked hard and felt like I had a pretty good game. I’ve just had a slow progression I guess.

“This year, I’ve played a lot of good golf, but I had a poor year last year and my self-belief has taken a while to catch up with my game. I feel it’s starting to do that now.” 

“I’m playing well but I’ve been getting in positions and then falling back just because of a bit of nerves or whatever.”

“Today I felt really comfortable. I was nervous, but I wasn’t ever worrying about messing up. I was always looking ahead of me and trying to make birdies. I think that’s the difference.”

Thongchai Jaidee sits in third place, three shots back at -13 under par, a -4 under par third round moving the Thai up the leaderboard, and into contention.

Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello fell away carding a third round +2 over 74 to be T8, while compatriot Carlos del Moral climbed 33 places, with the best round of the day -7 under par 65, to be T5 at -11 under.


BMW International Open. Rafa Has 36 Hole Lead

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Rafa-Cabrera Bello has the 36 hole lead at the BMW International Open in Germany, at the Golfclub Müchen Eichenried.

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Rafa carded a second round -5 under par 67 to maintain his position at the top  of the BMW International Open leaderboard with one shot advantage at -12 under par.

He has been lurking around the top of leaderboards for a while, without claiming a victory, he hopes this will be the week for him;

“On some occasions I have been a little unfortunate, other occasions the competition is very hard and other people have just outplayed me and other times I have made some mistakes which I have learned from.”

“Hopefully I put the pieces together this week, we will see.”

“I am pleased with the score but I do feel like it could have been a little better, especially after being 13 under with seven holes to play.”

“I did not play so good the last few holes, made a few sloppy swings, but nothing really to worry about and I just take it that I got my chances early in the round and made the mistakes at the end.”

“That’s the way it goes sometimes.”

“There are tons of great players here all trying to take the trophy home so I am going to try to keep playing aggressive. If it comes to the point where I need to play a little smarter I will try to do that.”

James Morrison is in second place at -11 under par following his second round score of -6 under par 66. He won  the Open de España last month, and still has that winning feeling;

“It’s definitely a big advantage, those feelings of winning are pretty new and still there.”

“I am playing well and looking forward to it. It’s a low-scoring course and you have to keep making birdies.”

One of yesterdays top trio of leaders, Lasse Jensen, is tied in third place with  Michael Hoey, both on -10 under par for the competition.

Michael equaled the low round of the day, -7 under par 65, which included two bogey’s. He putted well on the good greens;

“I knew the greens would be better today and I putted well. There was an opportunity today to shoot seven under and I did that.”

“The cut has been six under here before and although they have lengthened the course and it’s tougher now, you have to score well no matter what.”

“Someone is going to be 24 under so you have to be aggressive, which is quite good. It’s quite enjoyable to go at it and get stuck in.”

Home favorite Martin Kaymer missed the cut after a costly bogey on the 18th, his last hole, where an errant drive was deemed not to have crossed a water hazard, and ended up as a double-bogey six, dropping him below the cut line of -3 under par, he carded a total of -1 under par.

BMW International Open, Three-Way Tie at the Top

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the BMW International Open leaderboard at the end of the first round in Munich, Germany. Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Lasse Jensen and Daniel Gaunt all scorched round the course in seven under par.

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello / Getty Images

Rafa, Lasse and Daniel all recorded opening rounds of -7 under par 65 in the BMW International Open on the Golfclub München Eichenried course.

Rafa, who was runner-up in this tournament last year in Cologne, had two bogey’s on his card, including getting up and down on the last hole;

“I’ve been playing good the last couple weeks and I’m feeling good with my game.”

“Today the difference maybe was I think I putted very good, especially on the back nine.”

“I’ve also played good on this course before. I think 2011 or 2012 [it was actually in 2010], I finished third. I’ve had other decent performances here, as well.”

“The setup and the atmosphere in this tournament is very, very special and it’s only Thursday, and it felt like a weekend almost with really big crowds out there.”

“It’s nice, and it helps you get in the zone and it worked for me today.”

Daniel, with a hat-trick of birdies to start his day, had one bogey on his card and was very pleased with his round;

“When you get off to a good start like that, it kick starts your day.”

 “All I wanted to do was just keep progressing from there and chase down the leaders, really. 

“To hole that putt on the last, and a great shot in to finish with a really good putt again was the icing on the cake today.”

Lasse went round bogey free, and is hoping to build on this round, to be in contention for the title”

“I’m very happy and pleased, I think it’s a great start for this event.” 

“You’re always a bit excited when you come into this part of the season.’

“There’s a few big events coming up, so hopefully my game is getting in shape and I can build on from this round.”

World number seven Henrik Stenson, fresh from last week’s grueling US Open, carded an eventful opening 67, he actually made eight birdies, and a triple bogey, on the 16th to finish -5 under par. He was pretty happy with the final result of his day, he mentioned pulling his second shot on the par five ninth, and saw it bounce off a cart path into a hospitality tent;

“I was in a good position to finish with five in a row, but I think the wind switched a little bit and I was in between clubs and went with the longer club and ended up way in the grandstand.” 

“It would have felt really nice to finish with a birdie on nine to make nine birdies and a triple to shoot six under, but eight birdies and a triple isn’t too bad, either.”



BMW International Open. Fab Zanotti’s Maiden Victory.

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Fabrizio Zanotti collected his maiden European Tour victory at the BMW International Open, the first Paraguayan to achieve that feat.

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Fab won a four man play off at the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, for his first ever win on Tour.
It came at the fifth play off hole, and it secured a memorable success for him, after World Number Two Henrik Stenson had sent his tee shot into the water, after the others had earlier fallen by the way-side.

He had recorded the best round out of the four players to reach the play off, carding a flawless -7 under par 65 for the second successive day, to reach the top at -19 under par.

Fab said that after a lot of hard work, he had finally arrived;

“I was patient. I tried to play shot by shot in the play off. I’m just very happy. I knew today that if I made a good run I’d have a good chance. Today was my day.”

“This is huge. I think everybody in Paraguay is going to be so happy, everybody in Paraguay was awaiting this moment, like me. I’ve been working a lot and trying to build my confidence to get to this moment and finally I’m here.”

“I was just trying to enjoy the moment, shot by shot, then when I got to the playoff, it was very up and down for the first one. Then in the second I got a good birdie after Henrik. Then I started thinking, maybe today is my day.”

Pablo Larrazábal and Gregory Havret were the other two players who had finished on that -19 under par total, Pablo could only manage a final round of even par 72.

Jamie Donaldson, Simon Dyson and Thongchai Jaidee all finished a stroke behind the leaders. at -18 under par. The shot of the day went to Englishman James Heath. He carded an Ace at the 194 yard par three 16th, and took possession of a brand new  a BMW i8, and admitted;

“It more than triples the highest cheque I’ve ever made. It looks fantastic. It’s certainly an upgrade from my previous vehicle.”

Well done James, I am a BMW man myself, and need a new one, but I will have to pay for mine.


BMW International Open. Pablo Proceeds To Take Control.

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Pablo Larrazábal proceeds to take control of the BMW International Open in Cologne.


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Pablo fired in a superb bogey free third round of -5 under par 67, to top the BMW International Open leaderboard at -17 under par, a healthy lead of three strokes. He remarked that he had not played well, but the course drying out helped with spin;

“My game wasn’t good today. I didn’t hit the driver good. I put myself in a little bit of trouble. But I knew how to handle it and how to keep it going. I made some birdies coming in, and to, you know, I can play better golf.  But I cannot, playing like I played, I cannot score better.”

“You know, it was spinning back three, four metres with a seven, eight iron. These days where it was releasing but yeah, three, four, five metres with the same irons, and now they are spinning back. So yeah, it was tough at the beginning to know how to plan those shots, but yeah, I saw it out.”

Richard Green is one of eight players who are in second place at -14 under par. Richard had an even more amazing flawless third round of -10 under par 62. Just as he was about to make a birdie putt on the 17th when the siren went off, halting play for an hour and forty minutes. He then returned, sunk the putt to make it eight gained strokes in eight holes, and parred the last;

“I had already set that up prior to the siren going off and the weather delay. I just had to make that six-foot putt afterwards and move on to eighteen.  It was probably nice to sit on that over the break. It’s always nice when you get it going and a score comes off like that. It’s what we strive for every day and it’s a fantastic feeling.”

“Compared to Thursday afternoon when I played, it’s a totally different golf course really. The course was firm on Thursday afternoon, bouncy, and now all of a sudden it’s target practice now. So you can pretty much fly it at any pin and stop it right there.”

Paul Casey is in a group of nine golfers on -13 under par, he also had a low round today, a -9 under par 63;

“The golf course is perfect, it really is set up for scoring so that’s what I did.”

The way this course is playing now, and the low scores being recorded, tomorrow should be a very interesting day, it maybe that a three shot lead will not be enough.



BMW International Open. Four-Way Tie at the Top.

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There is a four-way tie at the top of the BMW International Open in Cologne.

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Rafa Cabrera-Bello / Getty Images.

Rafa had to be content with a share of the lead at -12 under par at the halfway point of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, after incurring a double hit penalty.

He had been in the lead for most of the mornings play when he attempted to escape from to chip out of the rough in front of the green at the par five 7th hole. On the follow through he stuck the ball again, and carded a six, and had to share top spot with Emiliano Grillo, Pablo Larrazábal and Danny Willett.

Danny Willett hits his tee shot at the 10th during the second round of the BMW International Open

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Danny had forgotten to take the pain killers for his sore shoulder, which lead to shank from him;

” The only thing you can do is laugh as it is not something that happens very often.” 

“Twelve under was great score for two days and the shoulder was good early on. I completely forgot to take any pills after nine holes and I could feel it in the last few holes.”

Emiliano Grillo is recovering from some tough times personally;

“It’s been a rough couple of months personally and on the golf course so I’m happy with the week so far. My dad passed away in December so it has been a long six months dealing with everything you have to deal with back home.”

“I’ve learned a lot of things about life with that and I think I am growing up fast.”

There are a group of six players that are the closest challengers to the leaders, all  on -10 under par; they are Alex Cejka, Branden Grace, Andreas Hartø, Miguel Angel Jimenez, Robert Karlsson and Craig Lee.

It was a special day for Andreas Hartø, as he made his first European Tour cut, after thirteen tournaments.

Not so good for Martin Kaymer on his homecoming, he missed the cut, recoding a score of par for his two rounds, finishing at T102. What a strange game golf can be, on top of the world one day, and missing the cut the next. Martin was suffering from putting problems.  He actually reached 17 of 18 greens in regulation but needed 35 putts to complete his round today, and recorded 31 in the first round.

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The BMW International Open leaderboard is pretty compacted, and with likes of  Stenson and Jimenez lurking just behind the leaders I expect one of them to make a move tomorrow.