25 Jun 2021 | Professional golf |

Ormsby on top in Germany

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Wade Ormsby on his way to a 65 in Munich today. Photo: Getty

By European Tour Media

Australian Wade Ormsby set the clubhouse target but his position at the top of the leaderboard was under serious threat when play was suspended for the day due to storms during round one of the 2021 BMW International Open in Germany. Ormsby had carded a bogey free 65 to get to seven under at Golfclub München Eichenried but Spain's Sebastian Garcia Rodriguez, England's Sam Horsfield and Japan's Masahiro Kawamura had all joined him when the hooter sounded due to thunder and lightning. All three also had putts to take the outright lead, with Horsfield left with an eagle putt on the last, Kawamura facing a birdie effort on the ninth - his final hole - and Garcia Rodriguez left with a birdie attempt on the 12th. The trio will return at 7.30am to complete their first rounds along with 54 other players, with all second round tee times in the morning delayed by 20 minutes. Pablo Larrazábal - a two time winner of this event - England's Andrew Johnston, Australian Min Woo Lee and South African JC Ritchie were in the clubhouse at six under. Ormsby was already a European Tour veteran when he claimed his maiden win at the 2018 UBS Hong Kong Open en route to finishing a career best 48th on the Race to Dubai Rankings in Partnership with Rolex. And after finishing 40th at last week's U.S. Open Championship, he was glad to shake off the jet lag and make a fast start in Bavaria. "I was definitely upside down yesterday," he said. "I got a few hours sleep last night, so I feel much better today but yesterday I thought I was going to be in trouble for the week but somehow it sorted itself out. "I had a nice start. Holed a few putts. I have been swinging pretty good the last week and a half but the putter hasn’t been co-operating, but it did today, so that’s how you can shoot those numbers." Ormsby holed a 30 footer on the third and followed that with a smart approach to the fourth before he sandwiched a 20 foot putt on the seventh with birdies on the par five sixth and ninth. A stunning tee shot to eight feet on the 12th moved him to six under and he then holed from 16 feet on the 14th to lead the way. The 41-year-old then sat at the top of the leaderboard for almost the entire afternoon but he had company shortly before the players came off at 5.51pm.

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