Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal completed an error-free final round of 66 to win the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried by a single shot over Henrik Stenson of Sweden.
James Morrison of England held the lead through 54 holes but he faded with a closing 77 as others climbed the leaderboard. Stenson set the clubhouse lead at 16-under par following a superb fourth round of 65. Larrazabal reached 16-under after a fabulous front nine of 31. The Spaniard took his foot off the pedal somewhat on the run for home, but a birdie at the 16th was sufficient to give him the edge over the pack. He closed with two pars to claim a fourth European Tour title and his second victory in this event.
“Coming in, it was tough. You have a lot of holes with trouble,” he said. “But I was 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.”
England’s Chris Paisley finished alone in third.
Four things we learned at the BMW International Open:
1. Pablo Larrazabal jumped to 25th place on the 2015 Race to Dubai. He’d been on poor form on the European Tour coming into this event and was without a top-20 finish since March. But he drew on the positive thoughts of his previous victory at Munchen Eichenried to produce a fine week’s golf. His good frame of mind was heightened by the fact he is getting married to his partner Gala Alten in August, and she was in Munich with him this week.
“Being with her again around Munich and around this beautiful golf course, it gave a lot of great memories. Being married to her is a dream come true,” he said.
The Spaniard has climbed to 69th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
2. Henrik Stenson was a favourite coming into this week and he lived up to his billing, finishing as runner-up. The week after the U.S. Open the Swede did well to post four rounds under par and come up just one shot shy of forcing a playoff. His closing 65 contained five birdies and an eagle.
“I came out there, hit some nice shots and took advantage with a good putter,” Stenson said. “There is not much to be disappointed in today.”
3. Chris Paisley of England scored his first ever top-10 on the European Tour at Munchen Eichenried. The third-place finish could be crucial to the 29-year-old. Picking up a cheque for €125,200, he’s climbed to 77th place on the Race to Dubai and, with a few more “in the money” finishes, he should secure his playing rights for 2016.
4. Retief Goosen of South Africa posted his best finish on the European Tour since the Volvo Golf Champions event of 2012. He closed with a 67 in Munich to end the week in a tie for fourth place. The two-time U.S. Open winner had dropped to 236th place on the Official World Golf Ranking, although this finish has pushed him back to 206th—14 places ahead of Tiger Woods.