BMW International Open 2015: Leaderboard Scores and Highlights from Saturday – Bleacher Report

Posted: Saturday, June 27, 2015

Another impressive round from James Morrison saw him take a two-shot lead at the BMW International Open, Munich, Germany, with the charge of overnight leader Rafa Cabrera-Bello faltering badly on Saturday.

The Englishman shot 67 and will go into the final day on 16-under par. But there are a clutch of quality players in hot pursuit, including compatriot Chris Paisley and Thongchai Jaidee, who are two and three shots back, respectively.

Also in the hunt is Carlos del Moral, who shot a stunning seven-under par round of 65 to put himself in contention on 11-under par. Sadly, Cabrera-Bello’s chances wilted, as he shot a disappointing two-over 74, dropping back to 10-under par overall.

BMW International Open Leaderboard
Position Player Day 4 Score Overall
1. James Morrison -16 67
2. Chris Paisley -14 66
3. Thongchai Jaidee -13 68
4. Peter Hanson -12 67
T5. Carlos del Moral -11 65
T5. Pablo Larrazabal -11 69
T5. Michael Hoey -11 71
T8. Victor Dubuisson -10 67
T8. Kiradech Aphibarnrat -10 68
T8. Rafa Cabrera-Bello -10 74

For the full leaderboard check out the European Tour’s official website.

Morrison Makes his Move

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There’s been nothing flashy about the performances of Morrison this week, just solid, functional and fascinating golf.

His fundamental skills were on show again here on Day 3 as he soared past Cabrera-Bello to the top of the standings. The Englishman, who has only dropped a shot on two holes so far this week, was serene out on the Eichenried course once again, putting daylight between himself and the chasing pack with a sublime 67.

This birdie at the 12th put Morrison well control, per the European Tour Twitter feed:

In the latter stages of the round he continued to up the ante. Morrison rattled in another two birdies at 15 and 16 to go to 17-under, but some strange shot selection at the final hole cost him a shot, giving the chasing pack a glimmer of hope.

The low round of the day came courtesy of Del Moral, who now finds himself five shots back ahead of the final day. He notched eight birdies during his round, with the only bogey blot coming at the final hole. Nonetheless, it was a stunning round that gives the Spaniard a chance to reel in the quartet of players ahead of him on Day 4.

“It was really nice,” he said afterward, per the “I started off very solid off the tee and that helped me hitting long drives and obviously the course was a lot easier from that.”

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Sadly, the same cannot be said about Del Moral’s compatriot Cabrera-Bello. After playing so well over the first two days, a disastrous spell of holes between eight and 13, during which the Spaniard picked up four bogeys, sapped the momentum from his charge.

There were some other major standout moments on moving day. The performance of Paisley was especially impressive, and he’ll be right in the mix on Sunday as he looks to secure his maiden win on the European Tour. Jaidee is also an experienced operator and someone who has been in this position many times before.

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One player who may be capable of mounting a charge from far back is Tyrrell Hatton, who is on nine-under. Provided he can keep up the astonishing levels he has showcased early in his rounds, anyway:

Alongside him on nine-under is world No. 7 Henrik Stenson, and although the illustrious Swede is a long way down the leaderboard, if he can turn on the style on a pressure-filled final day, perhaps he’ll fancy his chances of getting in the shake-up come Sunday’s climax.

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But at this point, Morrison is looking like a potential champion in-waiting, even if there are a clutch quality players not too far away.

The Englishman played immaculately to win the Open de Espana earlier in the year when going into the final day as a joint-leader, proving that he’s capable of handling the pressure of these tight finishes. As such, expect the 30-year-old to relish the occasion again and notch his second win on the tour in 2015. 


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