Henrik Stenson claims 10th European Tour title at BMW International

Ireland’s Paul Dunne finishes in a tie for 13th position after closing 71

Sweden’s  Henrik Stenson  hits his approach shot to the 18th green during the final round of the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof  in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

Sweden’s Henrik Stenson hits his approach shot to the 18th green during the final round of the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof in Cologne, Germany. Photograph: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images

 

Henrik Stenson bounced back from his US Open frustrations to claim his 10th European Tour title at the rain-hit BMW International Open at Pulheim.

The Swede, who was forced to miss the second Major of the year last week through injury, held his nerve to claim a three-shot victory at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof by firing a final-round 71.

That winning effort, which took him to a final total of 17 under par, came after he hit 67 in his rain-delayed third round in the morning.

South Africa’s Darren Fichardt and Thorbjorn Olesen of Denmark finished in a tie for second on 14 under.

Ireland’s Paul Dunne made four birdies in the first seven holes of his final round to get to 10 under, but he would add just one more birdie and card four bogeys as he closed with a one-under 71.

The Greystones man finished on seven under after he completed a two-under third round in the morning and in a share of 13th position.

The day was to prove a test of stamina after Saturday’s washout meant players would be required to play 36 holes.

Stenson’s bogey-free third round took gave him a one-shot lead but four dropped shots in the space of seven holes in his final round allowed Fichardt to pull level.

But birdies at the 13th and 15th settled nerves and another at the 17th all but secured victory while Fichardt bogeyed the last. It was Stenson’s fifth top-six finish in eight European Tour events this season.

Olesen had an opportunity early in the round, and briefly shared the lead with Stenson, but did not keep pace with the Swede on the back nine and signed for a 73.

France’s Raphael Jacquelin was fourth on 11 under, one shot ahead of Sergio Garcia and Kiradech Aphibarnrat.

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