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Practice pays for red-hot Ormsby

Wade Ormsby
Wade Ormsby blasts a drive in Munich.

Adelaide's Wade Ormsby has fired a blemish-free 64 to take the first-round lead at the BMW International Open on the European Tour.

Ormsby arrived at Germany's Golfclub München Eichenried off the back of three missed cuts, including at last weeek's US Open, but returned to form in style, getting to eight under to take a one-shot lead from Belgian Thomas Detry.

Sergio Garcia, playing his first regular European Tour event since winning the Masters in April, carded a bogey-free 66 to sit two shots off the lead alongside Dutchman Joost Luiten and Dane Thorbjørn Olesen.

Open Championship winner Henrik Stenson was then in the group at five under as an elite field jostled for position on a congested leaderboard.

Detry had set the early target and for a long time it did not look like he would be caught before Ormsby stormed out of the blocks to turn in 30 after starting on the tenth.

The Australian had an eagle chance on the sixth after reaching the green in two, but settled for a birdie and another attempt at a three on the par-five ninth finished a single roll short as he took the lead.

"I had a fast start out there ... and then kind of kept it going on the back," Ormsby said.

"A bit steadier on the back, but very happy.

"I guess the back nine is probably a little a bit trickier than the front, so I thought I could kind of press on from there, but the first three holes round the front you've got to keep it going and I hit some good shots there.

"We actually came here this morning to practise early which I've never done before, I just knew there was something there and I wasn't getting what I wanted.

"I obviously found something today and I just kept on working what we're trying to work on, which isn't normally me, I play by feel.

"It's huge for me, this time of year, I've worked pretty hard the last six weeks and three missed cuts, I haven't got what I wanted out of it."

Perth's Brett Rumford was the pick of the other Aussies in the field, carding a four-under 68.

Victorian Richard Green fired a 69, Perth's Jason Scrivener a 71, New South Welshman Sam Brazel a 73 and Victorian Marcus Fraser a 74.

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