MUNICH – Spain's Rafa Cabrera-Bello overcame two bogeys to shoot a 7-under 65 for a three-way share of the lead in the opening round of the BMW International Open on Thursday.
Cabrera-Bello was joined by Lasse Jensen of Denmark, who holed seven birdies, and Daniel Gaunt of England, who overcame a bogey with eight birdies of his own on the Eichenried Golf Club course.
Early leader Andrew Johnston of England finished one stroke behind after starting on the 10th hole with a bogey, then carding seven birdies for a 66.
Five players were tied for fifth on 67, including Henrik Stenson, the champion in 2006. The Swede recovered from a triple bogey on the par-4 16th with eight birdies altogether.
"I got off to a pretty good start and I didn't do too much wrong on 16 but wound up with a triple bogey. I hung in there and tried to just keep on going. Then I wrapped up with a nice string of birdies on 5, 6, 7 and 8," said Stenson, who has broken par in 14 consecutive rounds.
Local favorite and 2014 U.S. Open winner Martin Kaymer made up for a double bogey and two bogeys with four birdies to finish on level par, while two-time winner Thomas Bjorn was one over par after three bogeys.