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From Dellingshausen and Kaymer in Munich top

Nicolai von Dellingshausen

Golf pro Nicolai von Dellingshausen. Photo: Christian Kolbert/dpa

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The German golf pros Nicolai von Dellingshausen and Martin Kaymer got off to an excellent start at the BMW International Open in Munich. On Thursday, von Dellingshausen played a strong opening round of 64 on the par 72 course at the Eichenried golf club. The 29-year-old from Düsseldorf was only two strokes behind the leader Haotong Li and the Dutchman Daan Huizing in third place. The Chinese set the course record with an outstanding round of 62. Kaymer ended the first day of the tournament with 66 strokes in fourth place.

The German golf pros Nicolai von Dellingshausen and Martin Kaymer got off to an excellent start at the BMW International Open in Munich. On Thursday, von Dellingshausen played a strong opening round of 64 on the par 72 course at the Eichenried golf club. The 29-year-old from Düsseldorf was only two strokes behind the leader Haotong Li and the Dutchman Daan Huizing in third place. The Chinese set the course record with an outstanding round of 62. Kaymer ended the first day of the tournament with 66 strokes in fourth place.

Maximilian Kieffer played the shot of the day in the tournament on the DP World Tour (formerly European Tour), which is endowed with two million euros. The German Olympic starter from Tokyo managed a so-called albatross on the eleventh hole. The 31-year-old from Düsseldorf sank his ball on the 507-meter-long par 5 with the second shot in the hole. An albatross is even rarer in golf than a hole-in-one.

Germany’s top golfer Kaymer showed a strong performance after his injury break. The two-time major winner from Mettmann had previously had to cancel his start at the US Open in Brookline due to an inflammation in his wrist. Before that, the 37-year-old started at the opening tournament of the controversial new LIV Golf Invitational Series financed by Saudi Arabia. In 2008 Kaymer had the tournament in Munich won. Last year, the former number one in the world took second place at the Eichenried golf club.

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