34th BMW International Open: Lawrence wins DP World Tour title

34th BMW International Open: After a strong comeback missed Maximilian Kieffer in the end just narrowly won the BMW International Open 2023, but is still rewarded with a shared third place. Thriston Lawrence secured his fourth win on the DP World Tour in Munich and couldn’t contain his emotions.

BMW International Open 2023: Lawrence wins, Kieffer with a strong comeback

Thiriston Lawrence wins the 34th BMW International Open. After a real rollercoaster ride, the South African secures his fourth victory on the DP World Tour.

Five bogeys and eight birdies adorned his scorecard on the final day, meaning that the 26-year-old returned to the clubhouse with three under par. After a birdie on lane 17, he overtook the Dutchman Joost Luiten and snatched the title from him in almost the last second.

In the interview with the winner, the South African was sympathetic and emotional: “It means a lot to me, but I sympathize with Joost (Luiten). It’s tough. I’m happy about my victory in Germany, that’s great. Everyone wants to win and one is highly emotional”.

He secures the title with a score of 13 under par. Joost Luiten (-12) is second.

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Secures the shared third place Maximilian Kieffer. On his 33rd birthday he got off to a good start on the final day and after a close approach from about 1.5 meters he holed the first hole of the day for a birdie. On lane 3, however, he missed the par from around 80 centimeters and had to record a bogey. Winning shots on holes 6 and 9 pushed his score down again and the turn went two under par.

On the back nine, Kieffer really turned it up again and rewarded himself with an eagle right on the second hole. He pocketed his ball from around eight meters. After a birdie on hole 13, he was suddenly just one shot behind the leaders Lawrence and Luiten and saw himself able to attack again from above. On the par 4 16, Kieffer then took the risk and tried to put his shot directly onto the green. In the end he was a few meters short, his ball landed in the water and he had to note the bogey.

After pars on the last two holes, he rewarded himself with a shared third place after a strong race to catch up. In an interview after his round, however, he was a little disappointed: “After the eagle on hole 11, I thought I had another chance to attack upstairs. In the end it wasn’t enough. It’s always difficult to play in front of a home crowd, because the expectations are high. But it was incredibly fun to play for victory here in the second German tournament.

The support was great here in Munich, with the weather and at my favorite tournament. You can maybe get over it a little better that it wasn’t enough to win”.

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Three more Germans in the top 20, Siem crashes

Marcel Schneider, Matti Schmid and Maximilian Schmitt secured the BMW International Open 2023 all in the top 20. Although Schneider was satisfied with his final round (69), he still struggled with his double bogey from the day before: “I always really like the week here. It’s a great atmosphere here. I like the course, it’s very pleasant to play. There are many Birdie chances, but also one or the other difficult hole.

All in all, the three-under did well again, but yesterday’s shot is already deep. I’m not really satisfied, to be honest. It is what it is. Tick it off “Keep going. Maybe next week will be better”. Matti Schmid struggled with his putter on Sunday: “Today was my best day in terms of ball striking. My iron game was very good. The putter was very cold, I think it spent the night in the fridge. I played well today”. He also joked about his round with Ryder Cup captain Luke Donald: “I left my number there. He’s a very relaxed guy. I picked up a few insights, but of course I can’t say anything about that.”

Things were going very differently for Marcel Siem. The 42-year-old experienced a day that he “can’t explain” himself. The veteran lost more than 40 places in the leaderboard on Sunday and had to accept a lap of 82 at the end. “It was already over with the start on the one. No matter what I did today, I only had layers of dirt.

It’s such a spiral that pulls you down. I tried to bring the thing halfway home “Of course it’s extremely embarrassing in front of the spectators. It hurts a bit,” he summarized his round, on which he had to record nine bogeys and a double bogey. “If you’re not there then you get bogey after bogey. But I behaved quite well, the kids wanted my autographs. That’s the main thing. I can walk out of here with my head held high. Next week it’s on. I’m sure the season will continue to go well.”

Numerous other German professionals also had to put up with a round over par at the end. All scores can be found in Leaderboard of the 34th BMW International Open.

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