The BMW In­ter­na­tional Open

Ar­gentina’s An­drés Romero pow­ers through the field to claim vic­tory

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With a round of 65 that in­cluded seven birdies in his last 11 holes, Romero fin­ished with a 17-un­der-par to­tal of 271 to beat three others by a sin­gle stroke and win €333,330. The fact that Ser­gio Gar­cía, the Masters cham­pion and tour­na­ment favourite, was among the three run­ners-up spoke vol­umes for Romero’s achieve­ment. The others were Richard Bland, of Eng­land, and Bel­gium’s Thomas Detry.

“I am re­ally happy to win on the Euro­pean Tour again af­ter ten years,” Romero said. “I al­ways felt I had a good chance to­day once I birdied the 8th and the 9th. I can now join the Euro­pean Tour again and would like to thank BMW for

invit­ing me to play in this fan­tas­tic event. This is a life-chang­ing mo­ment.”

The tro­phy was pre­sented to the new cham­pion by Oliver Zipse, mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment of BMW AG, re­spon­si­ble for Pro­duc­tion, who said, “Con­grat­u­la­tions to An­drés Romero on his vic­tory at the 29th BMW In­ter­na­tional Open. Af­ter four very com­pet­i­tive days of golf, he came through to beat a world­class field and claim an im­pres­sive win. This ex­cit­ing Sun­day was the fit­ting con­clu­sion to a mag­nif­i­cent BMW In­ter­na­tional Open.

“The event has once again shown why it is one of the most pop­u­lar tour­na­ments on the Euro­pean Tour. I would like to say a big thank you to every­one who has

played a part in mak­ing it such a suc­cess: the staff at Golf­club München Eichen­ried, the many vol­un­teers, our part­ners and spon­sors, the mem­bers of the me­dia and, above all, the 64,500 golf fans who have come along and en­joyed the event.”

Romero, 36, who ar­rived in Ger­many on the back of a missed cut at the US Open, came into the event ranked No. 837 in the world. He will now climb sig­nif­i­cantly up the rank­ings when they are an­nounced and can re­lax in the knowl­edge that he has won his play­ing rights on the Euro­pean Tour un­til the end of 2019.

Gar­cía was in a four-way tie for the lead with three holes to play, only to miss a short putt for par and ef­fec­tively fall out of con­tention. He needed an ea­gle at the last to force a play-off but came up just short. He and Bland both had 69s, while Detry had a 66. Hen­rik Sten­son, one of the favourites, fin­ished in a tie for tenth on 11 un­der par. The best-placed Ger­man was Ni­co­lai von Delling­shausen, who fin­ished on seven un­der par af­ter a bo­gey-free round of 67. “It is nice to play as part of a field like this,” the Pro Golf Tour player said. “I prob­a­bly learned more here than I do any other week of the year. No­body can take the ex­pe­ri­ence and the mem­o­ries away from me.”

There were great mem­o­ries, too, for his coun­try­man, Max Sch­mitt, who took the hon­ours as best placed am­a­teur. He fin­ished on two un­der par af­ter a fi­nal round of 75.

An­dres Romero, win­ner of the 29th BMW In­ter­na­tional Open with Oliver Zipse, Mem­ber of the Board of Man­age­ment of BMW AG, Pro­duc­tion

An­dres Romero get­ting high­fives all-round

An­dres Romero win­ner of the 29th BMW In­ter­na­tional Open

Ser­gio Gar­cia

Se­bas­tian Heisele

Max Sch­mitt

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