MUNICH, Germany (AP) — Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 64 in poor weather Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.
Stenson was among the late starters who had to endure a rainfall that made for higher scoring in the afternoon, but the Swedish star still managed seven birdies and an eagle to go along with a lone bogey.
“I don’t have much to complain about,” Stenson said. “I think the course played a shot tougher this afternoon, but if you are playing good, then you can still hit a good number.”
Gary Boyd of England was second after setting the early clubhouse lead with a 65, despite a bogey on the last hole. Three players were tied for third, a further stroke back.
Stenson eagled the par-5 sixth hole to reach the turn in 5 under. He nearly eagled the 18th as well but missed a 4-foot putt and had to settle for a birdie.
“It would have been nice to make that, it would have been even sweeter,” said Stenson, who also chipped in for birdie at the 14th. “I just misjudged it. I tried to go left of center and I didn’t think it would break to the left, but it did. I probably pulled it a bit too.”
Paul Lawrie was among four players to shoot 66, also helped by an eagle on the sixth. He joined James Kruger, Tim Sluiter and Danny Willett two strokes behind the leader.
Colin Montgomerie celebrated his 48th birthday with a 2-under 70, but wasn’t happy about the weather. On the 14th, he was forced to drop his ball out of a puddle in a bunker.
“I’m getting to that stage where I should be spending birthday days on a beach in the Bahamas, and not having to be drenched out here,” he said. “This was a horrific day.”