Andres Romero wins BMW International Open

Posted June 26, 2017

Richard Bland withstood a back spasm to notch tied second in the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried after a final round 3-under-par 36-33=69 gave him a total of 16-under 272, one back of the target set by victor Andres Romero.

The Argentinian was playing on a sponsor's invite in Munich and had slipped to 837th in the world since his last victory at the 2008 Zurich Classic of New Orleans.

The Spanish star, playing in Europe for the first time since capturing the Masters in Augusta in April, had led after birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before 44-year-old Bland responded.

Andres Romero, the world number 837, fired a stunning seven-under-par final round of 65 to win his second European Tour title at the BMW International Open in Munich today.

The Spanish golfer totalled 272 to tie for second place along with Englishman Richard Bland (69) and Belgium's Thomas Detry (66).

Garcia and Bland were both close to forcing a play-off on the final hole but, needing eagles to also move onto -17 overall and extend the last day, Garcia's pitch was off target and Bland's 20-foot putt ended narrowly past the cup on the right.

Stenson, the defending champion, went one better with a 69 as he joined Garcia, Richard Bland, Rikard Karlberg and Thomas Detry at eight-under.

The putts were not dropping for him early on as he parred the opening seven holes, but he suddenly caught fire on the greens from the moment he holed from 15 feet for his first birdie of the day at the eighth. So I'm happy with that. I was a little nervous. I haven't been in that position for a long time, so it felt a little amusing - but only on that 18th hole, because I was playing great golf.

Garcia fell short but took positives from his performance, saying: "It was a good week and I obviously fell just short". "The good thing is it doesn't hurt me for the most part when I swing, which is great, but I do feel it as the day goes on from walking and kneeling down and getting up and stuff like that".