Els Casey Off to Solid Starts in Germany

By Sports NetworkJune 21, 2007, 4:00 pm
European TourMUNICH, Germany - Jose-Filipe Lima and Raphael Jacquelin posted matching rounds of 7-under-par 65 Thursday to share the lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open at Golfclub Munchen Nord- Eichenried.
The first round was completed Thursday despite a 45-minute weather delay.
Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, who won the Italian Open earlier this year, carded a 66 in the opening round. He was joined in third place by Paul Broadhurst and Marc Farry.
Ernie Els, coming off a tie for 51st at the U.S. Open, posted a 67 Thursday. He stands alongside Andres Romero, Francesco Molinari, David Frost and Niclas Fasth, who finished fourth last week at the U.S. Open.
Lima, who has missed the cut in his last six starts, stumbled out of the gate with a bogey on the first. He atoned for that mistake with a birdie on three and made it two straight as he birdied the fourth.
'I hit a very bad drive on the first hole, but in a funny way I think that help relax me a little bit because I was a little stressed after the way I have been playing,' said Lima. 'I changed some things on my swing and I started the year very badly, missing a lot of cuts. A good round today is very good for me and my confidence.'
The 25-year-old drained a 12-foot eagle putt on the par-5 sixth to jump to 3 under. Lima parred his next three holes.
Lima converted back-to-back birdies chances from the 10th to get within one of the lead at minus-5. He jumped atop the leaderboard with an eagle from 6 feet out on the par-5 18th.
Jacquelin, who won the BMW Asian Open earlier this season, also started with a bogey, his coming on the third. He quickly got back into red figures with three straight birdies from the fourth.
The 33-year-old again carded three consecutive birdies from the eighth to get to 5-under. He moved within one of Lima thanks to a birdie on the par-4 13th. Jacquelin gained a share of the lead with a birdie at the last.
'Although I do enjoy the course and coming here, it is getting more difficult every year,' said Jacquelin. 'But if you put the ball in the fairway you will have chances and I managed to do that. Of course I also love coming to the BMW tournaments - you could say that I am a BMW man.'
Ten players -- including Paul Casey, Thomas Levet and Anders Hansen -- are tied for 11th at 4-under-par 68.
Defending champion Henrik Stenson struggled to a 1-over-par 73, that left him tied for 79th. His round was done in by a triple-bogey at the par-4 14th.
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    'Hungover' Pepperell improbably in mix after 67

    By Rex HoggardJuly 22, 2018, 4:20 pm

    CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Eddie Pepperell’s 11:40 a.m. tee time on Sunday at The Open was a tad early, and not just because the Englishman was heading out more than three hours before the leaders.

    Following a third-round 71 that dropped him eight strokes off the lead, Pepperell did what many golfers do after a less-than-stellar round – he drank.

    “Honestly, I was a little hungover. I won't lie. I had too much to drink last night,” said Pepperell, who said he went to bed on Friday at around 11:30 p.m. “I was so frustrated yesterday, that today was really, I wouldn't say a write-off, but I didn't feel I was in the golf tournament. Whether I shot 69 or 73 today, it wouldn't have been heartbreaking.”

    Pepperell was much closer to the former on Sunday, posting a round-of-the-day 67 to move to within one stroke of the lead held by multiple players as the leaders made the turn.

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    Pepperell had just a single bogey on a blustery day at Carnoustie and closed his round with birdies at Nos. 14 and 17. It was one of just four rounds in the 60s on a course that had become increasingly difficult with each gust.

    With six players tied for the lead at 6 under par, including defending champion Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy, Pepperell planned to wait and see how the afternoon progressed.

    “The only hope I have is that it's Carnoustie, and the last three, four holes, even though they're downwind, still anything can happen with obviously pressure and all that sort of stuff out here,” he said. “So I'll have to hang around.”

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    Watch: Full replays of The Open coverage

    By Golf Channel DigitalJuly 22, 2018, 11:00 am

    NBC Sports and Golf Channel are showcasing nearly 50 hours of live coverage of the 147th Open. Missed anything? Well, you can catch up right here. Click on the links below for replays from Carnoustie, broken down into daily segments:

    Saturday, Day 3 (Times ET)

    7AM-3PM (Watch): Jordan Spieth fired 65 to move into a three-way share of the 54-hole lead, while Tiger Woods (66) played his way into contention. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler and Thorbjorn Olesen.

    4:30-7AM (Watch): Sunny skies and birdies were on the menu early in Round 3, as Justin Rose made his way around Carnoustie in 64 strokes. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Henrik Stenson and Bryson DeChambeau.

    Friday, Day 2 (Times ET)

    8:20AM-3PM (Watch): As the skies cleared on Friday afternoon, defending champion Jordan Spieth made a run to try and regain the claret jug. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Jordan Spieth, Justin Rose and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

    1:30-8:20AM (Watch): On a rainy Friday morning at Carnoustie, Rory McIlroy shot 69 to reach 4 under, while Zach Johnson fired a 67 for the early lead. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Brooks Koepka, Ian Poulter and Cameron Smith.

    Thursday, Day 1 (Times ET)

    Noon-4PM (Watch): Tiger Woods was up and down in the afternoon, as winds picked up a little and no one could catch Kevin Kisner. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Woods, Russell Knox and Hideki Matsuyama.

    1:30-8:25AM (Watch): Defending champion Jordan Spieth got off to a good start, while Kevin Kisner (66) set the early pace. Click here or on the image below to watch. Also, click here to watch the full replay of the marquee group: Rickie Fowler, Jon Rahm and Chris Wood.