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South Australian, Wade Ormsby, has the clubhouse lead on day one of the BMW International Open in Munich, his opening round of 65 leaving him as the only player amongst the four tied on that score to have finished their rounds when inclement weather forced a postponement of play.
Play will resume at 7.30 on Friday morning with Sam Horsefield, Masahiro Kawamura and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez also on that score but with still holes to play when they return.
Ormsby, who played well when midfield at last week’s US Open at Torrey Pines, was quickly back into the swing of things after returning from the US although it took him a couple of days to get the jetlag out of his system.
“I was definitely upside down yesterday,” he said referring to his travel fatigue. “I got a few hours sleep last night, so I feel much better today but yesterday I thought I was going to be in trouble for the week but somehow it sorted itself out.
“I had a nice start. Holed a few putts. I have been swinging pretty good the last week and a half but the putter hasn’t been cooperating, but it did today, so that’s how you can shoot those numbers.
“I guess you have to reset a little bit. Every golf course is different in each way but the greens are pure here, and soft, that is the biggest different between this week and last week. Obviously the rough is not as bad, but I knew I was hitting it good, so I just had to be a bit more direct at flags, a bit more aggressive I guess, and hole some putts to make some birdies.”
Ormsby has recorded only one top ten since his second Hong Kong Open win in late 2020 but there has been several recent signs of his game progressing nicely despite his almost veteran status (41) on the European Tour.
West Australian, Min Woo Lee, is just one shot off the pace after his round of 66, reversing a horror run to date in 2021, missing five of eight cuts thus far.
Dimi Papadatos was another Australian to make a good start when he opened with a round of 67 to be tied for 10th although many players are still to finish off round one.
European Tour event debutante, 19 year old Elvis Smylie from the Gold Coast of Australia, playing this event on invite, began slowly with a round of 76 to be well back.