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BMW International Open leaderboard 2018

BMW International Open leaderboard 2018

The final BMW International Open leaderboard 2018 from Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof in Germany, where Matt Wallace was victorious

 

Final BMW International Open leaderboard 2018:

PositionNameNationScore
1Matt WallaceEngland-10
T2Martin Kaymer
Thorbjorn Olesen
Mikko Korhonen
Germany
Denmark
Finland
-9
T5Aaron Rai
Lucas Bjerregard
England
Denmark
-8
T7Soren Kjeldsen
Scott Hend
Denmark
Australia
-7
T9Andy Sullivan
Justin Walters
Nacho Elvira
England
South Africa
Spain
-6

BMW International Open report

England’s Matt Wallace fired a magnificent final round 65 to chase down Thorbjorn Olesen to win the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Laerchenhof.

Wallace started the round two shots adrift of the leaders, but at one point it seemed that the title would be going to Denmark’s Olesen, who birdied eight of the final 10 holes to sign for a 61 – the best round of his European Tour career. He had a three-shot lead before the leaders had even teed off.

As the pre-round leaders started to falter, it proved to be Wallace who made the biggest move. After a low-key front-nine of 34, Wallace went on a birdie blitz, picking up shots at 10, 11, 13, 15 and 16 to edge one-shot ahead of the pacesetter Olesen.

But after a wayward drive at the 18th, Wallace was in all sorts of trouble as he looked to make par to set the clubhouse target. His ball ran through the bunker and perched on the back edge; the approach shot required an awkward stance where the ball was well above his feet.

The resulting shot – a superb iron safely into the middle of the green – summed up his exceptional play under pressure and his meteoric rise over the past year.

The Shot Clock Masters winner Mikko Korhonen made a late rally but ultimately came up a shot short, as did Martin Kaymer, who will be ruing a careless bogey on the drivable par-4 17th after running his short chip through the green.

Less than two years ago, Wallace was playing on the Alps Tour. Today, after nobody could catch him, he holds a very real chance of making the European Ryder Cup team in Paris after securing his third European Tour title in 13 months.

What did you make of Matt Wallace’s victory? Were there any surprises on the 2018 BMW International Open leaderboard for you? Let us know your thoughts on X, formerly Twitter!

Matt Coles

Matt Coles

Mention a European country, and Matt will tell you which resorts make the National Club Golfer Top 100s: European Resorts list. He might even throw in who designed the golf course and how many rooms the hotel has got at each one…

Matt got into the game of golf from a young age, following his old man to the local golf club. He fell for the sport, and now can’t seem to go a day without thinking about how to improve his game (Thanks Dad!). Matt has been a member of Howley Hall GC in Leeds since 2020, and is just about managing to maintain a single-figure handicap. He likes to remind people that he once broke 75, but won’t tell people that it was on a shortened course during the winter.

He moved to Leeds after graduating from the University of Central Lancashire with a First Class Honours degree in Sports Journalism. Matt joined NCG after almost five years travelling the world with the Professional Squash Association, working on events in all four corners of the globe.

Matt currently plays a Cobra King LTDx driver and RadSpeed 3-wood. TaylorMade monopolise the rest of his bag, with a SIM UDI, M5 irons and both Milled Grind and HI-TOE wedges, along with a Monza Redline putter. He uses a Vice Pro Plus golf ball, because he’s a bit different…

Away from golf, Matt is a Manchester United fan, and a keen runner, having ran the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon (his first and possibly last), in May 2023.

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