The 30th BMW In­ter­na­tional Open

Wal­lace times run to per­fec­tion to win while lo­cal hero Kaymer comes up just short

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Eng­land’s Matt Wal­lace pro­duced the per­for­mance of a life­time to claim vic­tory at the 30th BMW In­ter­na­tional Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchen­hof and with it the €333,330 first prize. Wal­lace, who trailed club­house leader Thor­b­jørn Ole­sen (DEN) by five strokes with nine holes to play, had a bo­gey-free round of 65 for a 10-un­der-par to­tal of 278 and vic­tory by one stroke over Ole­sen, lo­cal favourite Martin Kaymer, and Mikko Korho­nen, of Fin­land.

“I would like to con­grat­u­late Matt Wal­lace on a fan­tas­tic win at the end of what has been a very dra­matic fi­nale. We are de­lighted that his name will now be the 30th in the list of play­ers to have won the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open,” said Peter van Bins­ber­gen, Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent Sales and Mar­ket­ing BMW Ger­many.

The 30th an­niver­sary tour­na­ment had ev­ery­thing that has made the BMW In­ter­na­tional Open so spe­cial over the years. Thank you to the golf club, the vol­un­teers, the spec­ta­tors, our part­ners and the mem­bers of the me­dia for their fan­tas­tic sup­port.”

Wal­lace took the lead with his sev­enth birdie of the day at the 16th, al­low­ing him­self a lit­tle fist pump in cel­e­bra­tion, and then closed out the round with pars at each of the last two holes. In four days, he had rounds of 73, 69, 71 and 65 and had just four bo­geys and a dou­ble bo­gey in 72 holes which, in test­ing con­di­tions, was equally as im­pres­sive as his tally of 16 birdies.

“It is bril­liant to win here in Ger­many,” said Wal­lace, the win­ner of the In­dian Open ear­lier this sea­son. “The BMW In­ter­na­tional Open is such a great event and to play against the likes of Martin Kaymer and the guys at the top is great. I’ve worked hard for this and want to go fur­ther. I want to kick on and do this in even big­ger events from now on.”

Kaymer, car­ry­ing the hopes of the fans and his na­tion with him, was one be­hind with two to play but saw his chances dis­ap­pear with a bo­gey at the penul­ti­mate hole. A birdie at the last was mere con­so­la­tion. “Un­for­tu­nately, the bo­gey at the 17th came at the wrong time. It’s al­ways nice to win in your own coun­try, but I just came up short,” Kaymer said.

The fi­nal day got off to a fly­ing start from the mo­ment Ole­sen fired the low­est round in the his­tory of the tour­na­ment and then sat back to see who could catch him. The Dane started the day seven strokes be­hind the lead­ers, but a sen­sa­tional bo­geyfree round of 61 that in­cluded nine birdies and an ea­gle gave him a lead of three strokes over the field be­fore the fi­nal group had even teed off. In the end, how­ever, his lead was not quite enough.

There was dis­ap­point­ment, too, for Ger­many’s Max Ki­ef­fer, BMW Friend of the Brand, who started the day in a share of the lead but was un­able to sus­tain the mo­men­tum of the pre­vi­ous days. Even so, he claimed a top-12 fin­ish that should boost his con­fi­dence for the sea­son that lies ahead. “Start­ing with a dou­ble bo­gey knocked me out of my rhythm a lit­tle. That was ob­vi­ously a dis­as­trous way to start, but it was re­ally cool and good fun to play with Martin. We both had great sup­port from the spec­ta­tors, even af­ter poor shots.”

Among the high­lights of the week was Aaron Rai’s hole in one at the parthree 16th in the sec­ond round that won him a stun­ning BMW i8 Road­ster. All credit that he man­aged to keep his fo­cus to fin­ish tied for fifth. With the tour­na­ment over, he can now en­joy the fruits of his suc­cess. As can Matt Wal­lace, a cham­pion in ev­ery sense.

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