Ritchie 1 back as round 1 suspended in BMW International Open

Jun 24, 2021 | Featured, South Africans abroad

With play suspended in the first round of the European Tour’s BMW International Open at Golfclub München Eichenried in Munich, Germany, South Africa’s JC Ritchie had completed his round at six-under-par 66 to be one shot off the lead.

Australia’s Wade Ormsby had also finished his round, and he carded a seven-under 65 to lead. Also on seven-under were Sam Horsfield of England and Japan’s Masahiro Kawamura, who had played 17, and Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez of Spain, who was through 12.

Ritchie was making the step up from the Challenge Tour this week, and he followed a bogey-free opening nine of three-under after starting on the 10th with four birdies and a bogey on his homeward nine.

One shot back was Darren Fichardt in a share of 10th after he opened with a five-under 67. The South African veteran had an eagle, five birdies and two bogeys on his card, with the eagle coming on the par-four fifth.

Shaun Norris was another shot back on four-under with one to play, while Zander Lombard had completed his round at three-under. Also finished on three-under were Justin Harding and Jacques Kruyswijk.

Louis Oosthuizen signed for a two-under 70, while Dean Burmester and Daniel van Tonder were on one-under with Van Tonder having one holes still to play. Louis de Jager was finished on level-par.

Bryce Easton was on one one-over together with Brandon Stone who was through 17, and Justin Walters who had competed 12. Haydn Porteous and Thomas Aiken were on two-over, with Aiken through 15 holes.

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