Levet Jimenez Lead BMW


European TourMUNICH, Germany -- Thomas Levet shot a 9-under 63 on Saturday to match fellow European Ryder Cup member Miguel Angel Jimenez in the lead after the third round of the BMW International Open. The duo finished 54 holes at 15-under-par 201 with a two-shot edge over Retief Goosen and Markus Brier.
The Ryder Cup quest of Colin Montgomerie and Fredrik Jacobson continued on Saturday as the duo moved into a tie for fifth with David Lynn and Peter Fowler at 12-under-par 204. Paul McGinley, who is currently 10th on the Ryder Cup European Points List, was one shot further back at 11-under-par 205.
Levet, who also shot a 63 when he won this year's Scottish Open, is having one of the strongest seasons of his career. The Frenchman has already wrapped up a spot on Bernhard Langer's team and continued his blistering pace this weekend that has seen him shoot 16 under par over the last two days.
'It was just one of those days when everything clicked together,' who matched his career best on the European Tour. 'All in all, when you shoot 9 under par in one day, there can't be much wrong with your game, so it is pretty good.'
He picked up his first birdie at the fourth and drained a 12-foot putt for a birdie at the par-5 sixth. Levet then made it two in a row with a birdie at the seventh and hit a stellar second shot that stopped within 10 feet of the hole at the par-5 ninth.
Levet ran home the eagle putt to reach 11 under around the turn. He kept firing on all cylinders on the back nine and reached the green in two at the par-5 11th. Levet two-putted for a birdie and played his approach to 3 feet for a birdie at the 13th.
The 35-year-old then headed to the difficult 14th, a whole he double bogeyed in the opening round. Levet's second shot came up short of the green at the par-4, but he chipped in for another birdie to move to minus-14.
Levet dropped his tee shot inside 11 feet for a birdie at the par-3 17th and needed an eagle at the par-5 18th to establish a new course record at Golfclub Mnchen Nord-Eichenried. His second shot to the last found a greenside bunker, however, and Levet left with a closing par.
'Nothing is far off as far as my game is concerned and it is pretty solid in every department,' said Levet. 'So I'm all set for The Ryder Cup and actually I'm looking forward to it.'
Jimenez, a three-time winner on the European Tour this season, hit his second shot to seven feet for a birdie at the par-4 fifth and rolled in a long birdie putt at the par-3 eighth.
The Spaniard added a birdie at the ninth but drove into the rough en route to a bogey at the 10th. Jimenez responded at the very next hole, reaching the green in two at the par-5 11th and two-putting for a birdie.
Jimenez, who had fallen behind the charging Levet, made a run to regain the top spot down the stretch. He collected back-to-back birdies from the 15th to match Levet at 15 under, but found trouble with a bogey at the 17th.
At the par-5 18th, Jimenez hit his second shot into heavy rough but played his third on to the front fringe about 16 feet from the hole. The 40-year-old sank the birdie putt to join Levet in the lead with one round to play.
'I very much like playing in Germany. I used to play a lot here because the course conditions and the weather is fantastic,' said Jimenez. 'The people are so great as well so I am very happy here.'
Goosen, who held the first-round lead, collected three birdies and a bogey over his first nine holes. The reigning U.S. Open champion struggled early on the back side with a pair of bogeys to go along with a birdie at the 11th, but closed with three birdies over his last four holes for a round of 68.
Brier eagled the last to finished alongside Goosen at 13-under-par 203 after a round of 67.
Defending champion Lee Westwood posted a 66 to join Soren Kjeldsen, Sebastien Fernandez and Tino Schuster in a tie for 10th at 10-under-par 206.
Ryder Cup hopefuls Luke Donald and Alex Cejka followed at 9-under-par 207 along with Paul Casey, who has already secured his spot on the European squad, and Andrew Raitt.
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