837th-ranked Romero wins BMW International Open

BMW International Open- Day Four

Andres Romero held off the challenge of Masters champion Sergio Garcia and England's Richard Bland to win his first title in nine years at the BMW International Open.

And after hitting his third shot out of shallow water at the 11th, the genial 44-year-old golfer from Staffordshire cooly rolled in his 20-foot birdie putt to get to 11-under.

Andres Romero, playing on a sponsor's invitation, recorded his first win on the European Tour for a decade.

Detry posted a closing 66 to set the target at 16 under but when Garcia three-putted the 16th and Bland missed the green on the next, the door was open for Romero.

Detry also rediscovered his groove with birdies at 14 and 16, leaving four players tied atop the leaderboard on 16 under with the last group having four holes to play.

Lagergren enjoyed the round of the day, setting the course alight with a six under 66, that included a run of birdies on the final three holes.

The pair lead by one over Sweden's Joakim Lagergren with Belgian Thomas Detry and Argentina's Andres Romero two shots further back in a share of 4th.

Garcia narrowly failed to chip in with his third shot, before Bland's 15-foot eagle putt slid past the right edge to confirm Romero's unlikely victory. "We've got to go out there, play well again and see if we can pull it off".

Garcia was looking for his third win of the season in his first event in Europe since his triumph at Augusta, while Bland fell agonisingly short of his first victory in his 411th European Tour appearance.

The overnight leaders started slowly, with Bland playing his first eight holes in one over, while Spaniard Garcia was even par.

Tommy Fleetwood eagled the last to cap a confident 67 which saw him climb to 13 under alongside Nordea Masters champion Renato Paratore (68), while Henrik Stenson produced a birdie-birdie finish for a 68 which earned him a share of 10th place on 11 under par. I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.


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