Mike Lorenzo-Vera already placed in Munich

After a difficult start to the season, Mike Lorenzo-Vera (photo) is in a positive spiral. 13th in the Scandinavian Mixed two weeks ago, the Basque signs an excellent 66 (-6) to start his week in Bavaria. Tied for fourth, he is four lengths behind the Chinese Haotong Li, totally unleashed with his 62 (-10) without bogey!

Despite a rather sluggish start this Thursday at Munich (Germany) with a bogey conceded from the first hole (at 1), Mike Lorenzo-Vera quickly found the target by following up with a birdie (at 5) and an eagle (at 6). A three putt on the par 4 of the 7 after a bad face-off forced him to put another bogey on his card. It will be the last of the day.

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After turning in 34 (-2) thanks to a second birdie at 8, the Frenchman slammed a second eagle (on par 5 of 11) before finishing with two new birdies at 13 then at 17. His 66 (-6 ) – his best start on the DP World Tour in 2022 – allows him to climb to fourth place in this BMW International Open (ex-aequo with in particular the German Martin Kaymer and the New Zealander Ryan Fox, definitely in all the good moves this season). He confirms here his current good form after finishing 13th in the Scandinavian Mixed less than fifteen days ago.

Good start also Romain Langasque et Antoine Roznereighteenth to -4 (68) just ahead Victor Perez (29th -3) despite a difficult first leg completed in 37 (+1). The Tarbais was in any case able to see the dexterity of his playing partner, the German Maximilian Kieffer, author of an incredible albatross on par 5 of 11. The hit of the day. Unquestionably!

The card of the day is the property of Haotong Li, totally unleashed with an error-free 62 (-10) that equals the Bavarian course record. 55th in the European ranking, the Chinese returns to the fore after having experienced a long period of doubt (he is now 281st in the world). In nine tournaments played this season on the DP World Tour, he has only missed the cut twice and has already scored two top 10s: 3rd in Ras Al Khaimah Championship February 6th and 6th to ISPS Handa Championship in Spain April 24.

This feat allows him to count however only one step ahead of the Dutchman Daan Huizing (63 without bogey too) and two on the German Nicolai von Dellingshausen (64). 14th player in the world and star of this German stage, the American Billy Horschelwinner on June 5 at the Memorial Tournament (PGA Tour), is content with an inaugural 70 (-2). He is 46th with the French Jean-Baptiste Gonnet et Frederic Lacroix.

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