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.”

Good Putting wins Prizes.

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. Joakim Lagergren and Joël Stalter 36 hole Leaders

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Joakim Lagergren, Sweden, and Joël Stalter, France, are the  36 hole leaders of the BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Germany.

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Joël -4 under 68 today and Joakim, -6 under par 66 lead the BMW International Open at the half-way stage with -9 under par totals.

Joakim was happy with a 66 in the windy conditions;

“It was great out there, 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.”

Joël played well in the wind, and making putts;

“I played really well, gave myself a lot of opportunities.”
“Pretty tough out there with the wind. It was very gusty, so difficult to control the ball and it was getting firmer as well.”

“So I’m really pleased with that round.”

“I’ll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we’ll see where I stand on Sunday.”

Sharing third place, one shot back at -8 under par are Major champions Sergio Garcia, Spain, -2 under 70 today, and defending champion Henrik Stenson, Sweden, -3 under 69, they are joined on that score by Rikard Karlberg, Sweden with -3 under 69 today,  Richard Bland, England-3 under 69  and Thomas Detry, Belgium, -1 under 71.
It is a very tightly compacted BMW International Open leaderboard, I am looking  forward to the week-end, it should be fascinating.

British Masters. Alex Noren Takes Three Shot Lead.

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Alex Noren will take a three shot lead into the final round of the British Masters, in England.

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Alex had a consecutive -6 under par 65, this one was bogey free, in the third round of the British Masters that puts him firmly on top of the leaderboard at -16 under par, and will have the advantage of a three stroke lead starting the last round tomorrow.

Alex rolled in a monster birdie putt at the 18th to complete his day;

“Obviously on 18, it was an amazing feeling because I thought it was a tough putt, and you can easily three-putt that and come off with a sour taste in your mouth.” 

“Now it feels great. I’ve three-putted those a lot of times, so sometimes you’ve got to get lucky.”

“I know from experience that it’s not that easy to hold leads. Anybody can come from behind and shoot eight under. You never know.” 

“I’m just trying to work on the things I work on with my coach and with my caddie and if I manage to pull it off, I do, but otherwise, you know, you go on.”

Home player Richard Bland, who is looking for his first Tour win, is in second place at -13 under par, he carded a more modest -2 under 69 today, and is hoping to catch up with the leader tomorrow;

“I said to my caddie, if that’s our worst day and we shoot 69, we should be in with a good shout tomorrow depending on what Alex does.” 

“He’s a class player. He’s only going to go forwards, and we’ve got to go and try to catch him.”

Tommy Fleetwood, -3 under 68 today, Richard Sterne, -4 under 67, Bernd Wiesberger, -4 under 67 and Peter Hanson, -5 under par 66, all share third place at -12 under par.

British Masters. Brilliant Richard Bland Leads.

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A brilliant second round from Richard Bland sees him leading the British Masters at the half-way stage at The Grove in England.

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Richard carded a second round -7 under par 64, and he is still bogey free after two rounds, at the British Masters, and leads by one shot with a -11 under par total.

Richard likes to play in England, and of course it helps when you are holing putts;

“Whenever you play at home, either here or at Wentworth, you’ve got your family there supporting.”

“Other people come up, your friends, so it’s nice just to hear those extra cheers for you.”

“I’ve holed out fantastically well, not only these last two days but probably over the last three or four months.

“If I can keep that going, hopefully I’ll be there on Sunday.

Sharing second place at -10 under for the tournament are Alex Noren, -6 under 65 today, and Andrew Beef Johnston, also -6 under 65 today.

Beef was happy with his round today, despite the two bogey’s;

“I’m very happy. I thought I played well yesterday in the wind and managed to make a few more birdies today.”

Alex unfortunately dropped two shots on his last hole today;

“Sometimes it goes like that. I’m happy about today. I played a lot better than yesterday.”

Somehow Jamie Donaldson got himself disqualified after eight second round holes, I can not find any explanation of this occurrence.

Omega European Masters. Scott Hend Has Advantage.

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Scott Hend has the advantage of a one shot lead going into the final round of the Omega European Masters tournament at  Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club, in Switzerland.

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Scott carded  third round -5 under par 65 to take control of the Omega European Masters with a -13 under 54 hole total, and a one shot lead over the field.

Scott has recently returned from the Olympics, and said apart from his ball careering off down the cart path on his last hole, everything went well;

“I played really nice golf, I left a few shots out there but made a couple of par saves which made up for it.”

“It was unfortunate on 18 when my ball managed to run between the bunkers down the cart path.”

“One shot clear is better than none. I just want to play solid golf again and hopefully hole some more putts and see where we end up.”

“Hopefully Alex and I can forge ahead and create a gap between us and the field and battle it out on the back nine.”

“I should have won more. I had chances to win more but I’ve only won twice. I’m hungry to win more than twice or three times or more than four. I want to win as many times as I can.”

Alex Noren is the one shot back at -12 under, he had a third round -4 under 66, rolling in a 50 foot putt on 17.

Alex partnered Scott today, and enjoyed the experience;

“It was a good day, a little bit tougher playing in the afternoon here.”

“It’s a little bit drier and bouncy and Hend was playing really well from the start, making birdies, and he was four under through nine.”

“I was just trying to hang in there and finish up with some good birdies.”

“You’re just trying to stay in contact and he was playing great, it’s also easier to play with someone who’s playing good.”

Completing the top three is Richard Bland, at -10 under for the competition, he carded a frustrating -1 under 69 today, but on this course is still in touch with the leaders.

Alejandro Cañizares,  Mikko Ilonen, Andrew Johnston all had -2 under 68 today, while  Romain Langasque stalled with even par 70, they are all a further shot back at -9 under par.

The winner tomorrow will need a really low round.

Omega European Masters. 36 Hole Three-Way Tie.

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There is a three-way tie at the top of the Omega European Tour Masters leaderboard after 36 holes at Crans-sur-Sierre Golf Club in Switzerland.

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Romain Langasque from France, joined Richard Bland. England, and Richard Green Australia, at the top of the Omega European Masters leaderboard with -9 under par totals.

Romain, with -7 under 63 today is starting just his third European Tour event;

“I’m quite sure I will be on the European Tour next year so I play without pressure.”

“If I play good that’s cool and if I play bad then it is no problem. I have nothing to lose. I have no pressure and maybe that’s why I can play good.”

“My hopes for the weekend? Win. I will try my best to win. Most important is to have fun all the time.”

“I’m really happy about this round. My driving and putting was really, really good. It is good to play well on this course. I enjoyed my round.”

Richard Bland has started 392 European Tour events over the years, but is still searching for his first victory;

“It is my 11th year so I should know my way around here.”

“Hopefully that will hold me in good stead at the weekend.

“It’s looking like it’s going to be my best season but I still haven’t got over the finish line yet and I want to do that.”

“Maybe it’ll come this week but there’s a lot of golf to go yet. I’m looking forward to playing these three weeks.”

Richard Green is on his 18th consecutive season on the European Tour, with a couple of wins to his name, but he would like to add to that;

“It’s been a bit of a difficult road this year and it’s nice to be playing some nice golf again.”

“My game is feeling very solid and the work I’ve put in in the last few months to try and get it right, it’s starting to show some signs again.”

“I’m very happy with the limited amount of bogeys and to keep them off the card and keep progressing, attacking for birdies and if I can keep doing that over the weekend I’ll be happy.”

There are three players sharing fourth place, one shot back at -8 under par, Alex Noren, Sweden, -7 under 63 today, Australia’s Scott Hend, -3 under 67 and Canadian Richard T Lee, -5 under 65, are keeping the pressure on the leaders.

Five players are another shot back at -7 under par, so winning the Omega European Masters title will not be easy.