An angry start to the BMW International Open: set a record, an albatross and two Germans in the top 4
- Haotong Li (10 under) leads the world-class field after the first round
- Nicolai von Dellingshausen (minus 8) as the best German in 3rd place
- Max Kieffer has won only the 4th #albatross in #tournament history
- Martin Kaymer (minus 6) also started strongly
The first round of the #BMW #International #Open was played today in sunshine and perfect conditions. Thousands of spectators take the opportunity to finally experience world-class golf live in Munich again after two years. They got their money’s worth and were able to celebrate excellent performances from the start, where local professionals contributed greatly.
At the top of the leaderboard after one day is Haotong Li, who set a course record of 10 under with six birdies and two eagles. The Chinese managed a deciding eagle on the 9th hole (today’s 18th), a hole that is not on the agenda.
On most evenings, Daan Huizing (minus 9) brought a bogey-free score to the clubhouse with nine birdies. Not much was missing and the Dutchman would also win the BMW Hole-in-One Award, the all-electric BMW i7. Only a few centimeters were missing luckily. Comfort is the second place after the 18th hole.
Another stroke back, Nicolai von Dellingshausen was also able to celebrate an excellent lap and a good start. Martin Kaymer (minus 6), Germany’s only winner of the BMW International Open (2008), started with a bogey, but played a clean score with seven birdies and moved up to fourth place. He shares this with Ryan Fox from New Zealand and young Dane Rasmus Højgaard, among others.
Max Kieffer (minus 4, TX) pulled the photo of the day out of the bag. The 31-year-old hit his second shot on the 11th hole (par 5) with a 4-iron from a good 192 yards. It was only the fourth albatross in the history of the tournament, which began in 1989. Only José Maria Olazábal (ESP, 2001, hole 11, par 5), Rafa Echenique (ARG, 2009, hole 18, par 5) and Vincent Norrman ( SWE, 2021, hole 16, para 4) had previously managed this work.
Billy Horschel (2 faults, T46) started his quest for the BMW Triple with a solid lap, but still has room for improvement.
First round votes
Haotong Li: »It was good. I’ve been playing really hard for the last few weeks, hopefully everything will come together this week. I think that was the lowest cycle of my career so far. The key today was good tee shots. Germany is good for me, I played well in Hamburg – I hope I’m lucky in Germany now.”
Daan Huizing: »The atmosphere is good and there are already many spectators. This match allows you to get very close to the players, which is great for the fans. We started well and then put the pedal to the metal to play as low as possible. 17 is a tough 17th hole, but it was very close. The ball may even have slipped out. We already said on Tuesday what a great car it is. We would also like to have a car like this in the future. A hole in someone will definitely speed things up a lot.”
Nicolai von Dellingshausen: »It was a lot of fun and I started well, once the first bird. I took more good shots and hit more holes than I have in the last few weeks. That was a bit of my Achilles heel. I’ve been working on it for a week and it seems to be paying off. I am very happy about it and 8 down is the icing on the cake again. I want to build on today’s momentum. I want to qualify for majors in the medium term and also play to win here. If possible, I would like to play in the Ryder Cup as well. I’m very motivated and happy when I wake up in the morning and go to the gym.”
Max Kieffer: »At the BMW International Open and in front of the home fans: A shot that I will remember for the rest of my life. You never know exactly how a shot will come out of a bad situation: I went straight for the pin and was hoping to make good contact. It’s just a great memory and a song I’ll always remember. I have been struggling for the last three years: I am in a very good mood now, I hit the ball very well and I did a good job with my coach in the winter. I play very hard.”
Martin Kaymer: »I played well: I hit many fairways and greens and made good putts. The pain (in the wrist) was bearable. It was a good day. BMW has supported me since I was 18 years old. The BMW International Open was my first professional competition – as an athlete. At that time, BMW put me on a plane with Ernie Els, who was my absolute role model. Then in 2008 I was able to win the competition. Not only the tournament, the golf course, all the emotions that I associate with the whole event is something very special. No other German tournament will come close to this. I think it’s good to play here, it’s a very nice environment.”
Billy Horschel: »The more I play here, the more I realize this is a great golf course. You must feel good. It is difficult to get the ball close to the hole on the green and there are many breaks that are not easy to see. My technique shots weren’t very good today, but I kept my game together. If I get more control of the ball again, I think I have a good chance.”