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07:36

WITH THIS WIN: Ernie Els

- His 28th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 282nd European Tour event
- His first victory in the BMW International Open in his sixth appearance
- Becomes the first South African to win the BMW International Open
- The third wire-to-wire winner of the BMW International Open, following David Feherty (1989) and Sandy Lyle (1991)
- His seventh wire-to-wire win of his European Tour career
- This was the 25th BMW International Open

16:03

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16:03

BMW International Open Final Day Highlights

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Thomas Bjorn (-17) BMW International Open - Runner up

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Thomas Bjorn (-17) BMW International Open - Runner up

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15:48

Els returns to winning ways

Ernie Els held off the challenges of Thomas Björn and Alexander Levy to claim a wire-to-wire victory at the BMW International Open.

15:48

With this win - Ernie Els

Ernie Els lands his 28th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 282nd European Tour event at the BMW International Open.

14:51

Closing birdie for Levy at 18 to round of the best result of his fledgeling European Tour career, congratulations to him, and if this week is anything to go by then one to watch in the events to come.

14:23

SHOULD HE WIN: Alexander Levy

- Would be his first European Tour International Schedule victory in his 14th European Tour event
- His victory would beat his previous best European Tour performance of tied tenth in the 2013 Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity
- Graduated from the 2012 European Tour Qualifying School
- Would be the first rookie to win the BMW International Open and is also playing in his first BMW International Open

14:09

An all round good putt from The Big Easy there on 17, catching just about enough of the left edge from five feet, circling round the back of the cup before dropping in on the opposite side. Keeps him one stroke clear, just, as Levy misses from 20 feet at 16 for a birdie that would have seen him tie.

14:09

Ernie in the box seat so far as Levy drops a shot behind after bogey at 15, but Bjorn is back within one after a birdie at the short par four 16th, which Els himself parred.

14:01

His smile might not be quite as broad as 12 months ago, but Danny Willett looks pretty happy having just rolled one in for eagle at the last to finish at 12 under par and in a tie for 17th place. A solid defence from the man from Sheffield, who has struggled of late with a back injury, so he will take great heart from this display even if he didn't quite manage to become the first man to successfully defend this BMW International Open title.

13:46

There's never a good time to make a double bogey, but when they come as you're tied for the lead they are never good. This latest one on the 14th, the hardest hole on the course all week, came as the result of a penalty drop from the trees left of the fairway, and unable to get to the green in three, he then failed to get up and down from the rough right of the green, and as a result he falls two behind Els and Levy after the Frenchman made a bounceback birdie at the par four 13th.

13:33

SHOULD HE WIN: Thomas Bjorn

- Would he his 14th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 409th European Tour event
- Would be his third victory in the BMW International Open (2000, 2002 and 2013) making him the first player to win the event three times
- Would be the 19th different player to win the same official European Tour event three times on the same course each time
- Would be the oldest winner of the BMW International Open, aged 42 years and 125 days, beating the previous record of Mark McNulty, who was 40 years and 286 days in 1994

13:19

Couple of sixes at the par five 11th for the penultimate group as Bjorn finds water from the tee, while Els double crosses a fairway wood into the green to find the hazard some seventy yards short after ricocheting off the trees. However, Bjorn has bounced straight back with a birdie two at the 12th, and is back in a tie alongside Els and Levy, who himself has found the hazard at 11.

12:58

SPLASHDOWN: Bjorn finds the hazard from the tee at 11, ouch.

12:52

SHOULD HE WIN: Ernie Els

- Would be his 28th European Tour International Schedule victory in his 282nd European Tour event
- Would become the first South African to win the BMW International Open
- Would become the 23rd different player to win the BMW International Open from the 25 editions of the tournament, back to 1989
- Would the third wire-to-wire winner of the BMW International Open, following David Feherty (1989) and Sandy Lyle (1991)

12:19

Now it's three at the top as Levy birdies the sixth. The 22 year old Frenchaman seems fearless out there in the final group, and he's in amongst it with the big dogs in just his 14th European Tour start. Regardless of victory though, he certainly looks like bettering his previous best result on The European Tour, which was a tie for tenth a few weeks back at the Lyoness Open powered by Greenfinity. One to watch regardless of the result today, seems a very fun loving and relaxed character, and that should stand him in good stead as the pressure ramps up today, and in the future.

11:53

Wladimir Klitschko was here earlier in the week, but today it is shaping up like a couple of our golfing heavyweights will be duking it out for the title here as Bjorn (-17), and the man who played with the boxing hero in the pro-am, Els (-16) move into the box seats.

 

11:40

Bjorn fizzes in a little beauty of a wedge shot at five, stopping it dead and leaving an almost certain birdie chance that would make it three in a row for the Dane, the feat he is trying to achieve this week as the first man to potentially win three titles here at the BMW International Open. It is certainly looking good right now.

11:34

And speaking of Huang, he got invited by BMW thanks to their support of Chinese golf and a nomination from the Chinese Golf Association, as the car company look ahead to the BMW Masters in Shanghai come October. The event will be the first of the Final Series that will also include the WGC-HSBC CHampions, The Turkish Airways Open and the DP World Tour Championship, Dubai.

11:31

Steady as they go out there so far as the leaders card pars early on in their final rounds, with a move from Thomas Bjorn, the two time champion, coming after a birdie at the third and he's tied up top at 15 under. Paul Waring also one of the day's big movers so far, for those at the sharp end, carding four birdies in his first eight holes to pull into a tie for fifth at 14 under. While Wen-yi Huang is also going well, after seven birdies and just the dingle bogey through 13, and he's as many under par.

11:05

And here... we... go! Leaders hit the course, so hang on tight, it's sure to be an exciting afternoon here in Munchen.

10:41

In fact, the group of Lowry and Shiv Kapur were lucky to be left standing on 18 as moments before they left recording a ball was sent pinging into the stands and the media area which sent marshalls into quite a fluster. The culprit, either Brett Rumford or Martin Wiegele, managed to find a box containing a load of caddie bibs, but was afforded a free drop rather than being faced with a cardboard obstruction for their third. Still though, close call...

10:39

Shane Lowry narrowly missed out on a birdie at 18 after a splash shot from the trap short right dug its heels in to leave a left to righter up the hill from some 15 feet. The closing par, however, guaranteed that the Irishman was the third of the day to sign for a 65, and as a result he has jumped some 34 places as it stands and into a tie for 15th at 11 under par. A great score, and just the boost he would have wanted as he heads home to Carton House, where he lives and is attached, looking for a strong week at his national open. Good luck sir.

09:42

South Africa's Justin Walters the latest to post a seven under par 65, following in the footsteps of Robert Rock, while Lowry is also on that mark with a few holes left to play.

09:02

After a disappointing bogey on his first hole, our American visitor Dustin Johnson has just followed up a bounceback birdie at two with an outrageous little eagle at the par four fourth. As a top pro you would expect to knock it close with a 54 degree sand wedge from 123 yards, but DJ went one better and popped it in for the deuce. Nice work.

08:55

Ahead of next week's return to Carton House for the Irish Open, Shane Lowry, who is attached there, is taking it deep with five birdies in his first nine holes. He's nine under for the tournament, which isn't going to contend for the big prize, but some solid form ahead of his home event in just a few days time.

08:05

Robert Rock showing the way out there in the first group on course this morning having fired a bogey free 65 on Sunday that has seen him jump 40 places up the board and in the house at six under par. The Englishman is yet to show his best form in 2013, with a tie for seventh at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic his best showing so far, but this round could be just the filip he needs as we head into a run of big tournaments on The European Tour.

07:56

Ernie Els (-15) BMW International Open - Day 3

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07:55

Alexander Levy (-15) BMW International Open - Day 3

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07:55

Alex Noren (-15) BMW International Open - Day 3

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Thomas Bjorn (-14) BMW International Open - Day 3

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Brandon Stone (-12) BMW International Open - Day 3

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07:55

Here's what a few of the key runners and riders said after their rounds yesterday...

07:40

Here's how it all went down in day three at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried

BMW International Open - Day 3 Highlights

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Tournament Leaderboard

Pos Player nameNatHolePar
1ELS, ErnieRSA18-18
2BJÖRN, ThomasDEN18-17
3LEVY, AlexanderFRA18-16
T4WIESBERGER, BerndAUT18-15
T4KAYMER, MartinGER18-15
T4NOREN, AlexSWE18-15
T7HUANG, Wen-yiCHN18-14
T7FICHARDT, DarrenRSA18-14
T7GARCIA, SergioESP18-14
T10STENSON, HenrikSWE18-13

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