Larrazabal Wins BMW on Wild Final Day

29 June 2015, Posted by , , , , , 0

The guy in fifth won it, the guy in 11th finished second, and the leader coming into Sunday’s final round at the BMW International Open wound up tied or 11th.

Just another day in Munich.

Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal took home the crown by a single stroke, shooting a final day 66 to hold off a hard-charging Henrik Stenson for the win.

Larrazabal, who was nowhere close to the lead after an opening-round 70, fired his second 66 in three days, never making a bogey and making the most out of five front-nine birdies, to win his fourth European Tour title, and his first since January of 2014 when he took the Adu Dhabi HSBC title.

He needed every bit of that luck to hold off Stenson, who was 3-under at the turn, then added an eagle 3 on the par-5, 556-yard No. 11, and a birdie on No. 12. He cut the lead to 1 stroke with a birdie on No. 18, his third in four rounds. Stenson will regret the 16th hole for a while. With a triple bogey on Thursday and a bogey on Saturday, Stenson was +4 on the 16th or the tournament, -20 everywhere else.

Day Three leader James Morrison came crashing down with a final round 77 to fall from first to a tie for 11th at 11-over. After racking up 18 birdies against just one bogey in his first three rounds, he had no birdies and five bogeys.

A number of players could have taken advantage of Morrison’s tumble, but either the pressure or the course caught up with them. Chris Paisley started the day in second place, but could only manage a 1-under 71. Thongchai Jaidee fell as far as Morrison, with a final-round 74 after three days no worse than 68. Jaidee was 1-under at the turn, but a meltdown of a double bogey on 12 followed by back-to-back bogeys on 13 and 14 did him in.

 

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