In Germany after the “moving day” Viktor Hovland is the new leader of the BMW International Open. In Munich, with a bogey free trial (with 8 birdies) closed in 64 (-8) out of a total of 199 (68 67 64, -17), the Norwegian 18-hole course from the end of the European Tour tournament leads the classification with three shots ahead of the Spaniard Jorge Campillo, second with 202 (-14).
While in 3 / a position, with 203 (-13) is the South African Darren Fichardt. Tournament to forget for the Azzurri. Lorenzo Gagli, the only one to have passed the cut, is 72 / o with 216 (par).
Viktor Hovland, BMW International Open
On the course of the Golfclub München Eichenried (par 72) Hovland, 23 years old from Oslo, follows the first success of his career on the top continental circuit.
Professional since 2019 (the transition between the big names came after the 12 / o place at the US Open two years ago), he was the number 1 in the world among amateurs and today he is 14 / o in the official world golf ranking.
For him already two successes on the PGA Tour (where he now plays steadily), the first arrived at the Puerto Rico Open in 2020 and the second, in the same year, he took him in Mexico at the Mayakoba Classic. Among the stars of continental golf, Germany is aiming for the feat a few days after the unfortunate eye injury that forced him to retire, a race in progress, from the US Open.
Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open. The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S.
Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
“I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was,” he said. “I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit.”