Peter Hanson of Sweden has surged to the lead of the BMW International Open in Munich today, sitting at 9-under-par, two strokes ahead of South Africa's David Frost and England's Nick Dougherty, who had a strong showing last week at Oakmont during the U.S. Open.
First round co-leader José-Filipe Lima of Portugal is also tied at 7-under-par, following a spectacular first round that saw him card a dramatic eagle on No. 18 to sit atop the leaderboard.
A host of players are lurking a few shots off the lead during second round action, including England's Paul Casey (another strong performer at Oakmont) at 6-under, Henrik Stenson of Sweden (5-under) and first round co-leader Raphaël Jacquelin (5-under), winner of this year's BMW Asian Open in Shanghai.
World No. 5 Ernie Els, fourth last week at Oakmont, is sitting at 5-under-par.
Though chasing Hanson right now, Lima has been the big story so far in the tournament. The 25-year-old has missed the cut in his last six PGA European Tour events and sits at 216th on the tour's Order of Merit.
"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," Lima told reporters. "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. Obviously there is a long way to go until Sunday but I will try to keep playing like that."
Hanson has made up some serious ground, carding, so far, five birdies and no bogeys so far today through 14 holes.
Lima, who was scheduled to tee off at 2 p.m. German time Friday, hopes his putter remains hot. After an opening bogey yesterday, he went on to card four birdies and two eagles for his opening round 65.
Els, looking for his first European Tour win this year, also made a late charge in the first round, making eagle on the par-5 18th for a round of 67. He too was scheduled to tee off this afternoon.
June 22, 2007
With stellar play on the back nine at Royal Birkdale, Padraig Harrington shot a 69 in the final round to earn a four-shot victory and become Europe's first back-to-back British Open champion in more than a century. He earned nearly $1.5 million and climbed to No. 3 in the world rankings. "I'm really thrilled with the way I felt today on the golf course," Harrington said. "I hit the ball as pure as I could and just felt really good."
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