BMW International Open

Hoey snatches first Top-10 for more than eight months

Michael Hoey picked up some useful Race to Dubai cash — €55,000 — and vowed to push on now for the rest of the season after he finished tied seventh behind Pablo Larrazábal in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Hoey snatches first Top-10 for more than eight months

Hoey five behind in Germany

Michael Hoey carded a one under 71 to go into the final round of the BMW International Open five shots behind England’s James Morrison.

Hoey five behind in Germany

Hoey and Lawrie tap into their subconscious

Michael Hoey drew on the feelings of freedom he enjoyed on a recent golfing holiday and Peter Lawrie revived the putter that helped him save his card two years ago as they hit the birdie trail in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Hoey and Lawrie tap into their subconscious

Phelan turns on some Munich magic

Kevin Phelan’s short game responded magically in Munich as he had just 23 putts as well as two eagles inn opening 68 in the BMW International Open.

Phelan turns on some Munich magic

"If you haven’t earned it or played your way in, your game isn’t good enough"

Michael Hoey said it best last week when asked why he wasn't entering Final Qualifying for The Open at Hoylake.

"If you haven’t earned it or played your way in, your game isn’t good enough"

Irish Open boost for Lowry

Shane Lowry drives on the 18th in Munich on Sunday. Picture: Eoin Clarke www.golffile.ieShane Lowry gave his confidence a boost ahead of the Irish Open when he closed with a seven under 65 in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Higgins on the straight and narrow

Ernie Els is tied for the lead in Munich. Picture © Getty ImagesSuper straight David Higgins knows that will a little more luck on the greens he could be even further up the leaderboard in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Irish lurking as Els purrs

Ernie Els is in the driving seat the BMW International Open. Picture courtesy Getty ImagesA mid-round double bogey did little to upset the Rolls Royce that is Ernie Els as he purred his way into a one-stroke lead at the BMW International Open.

Harrington hoping for easier test

Padraig Harrington is looking to turn some good play into scores in Connecticut this week. Pádraig Harrington will be hoping to turn some good play into birdies rather than just pars when he swaps the iron discipline of the US Open for the more forgiving test of TPC River Highlands for this week’s Travelers Championship.

McGinley thrilled by return to form

Paul McGinley laments a missed putt on the eighth in the final round of the BMW International Open. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.iePaul McGinley tried to shrug off Saturday’s disastrous putting performance and focus on the positives of his return to form after a closing 66 gave him a share of third in the BMW International Open in Cologne.

Bad day for the Irish in Cologne

Paul McGinley had a poor day in Cologne. Picture Fran Caffrey www.golffile.iePaul McGinley’s putter let him down as he carded a five over 77 to go into the final round of the BMW International Open eight shots behind leader Danny Willett.

Lara on caddie cock-up: I don't have to defend myself because I've done nothing wrong

Matías Vinson during Thursday’s first round in Cologne. Photo www.golffile.ieJosé Manuel Lara insisted he has no need to defend himself despite suffering disqualifiaction when his caddie, Argentinian Matías Vinson, tried to hide a 15th club in a bush at the BMW International Open.

McGinley's cross-country revival

Paul McGinley was forced to go cross country to avoid missing his tee time in Germany. Picture Jenny Matthews/www.golffile.iePaul McGinley continued his remarkable comeback from injury and a bizarre cross-country dash start to his day when he carded a sensational opening 65 in the BMW International Open in Munich.

Foster flourishes as Lawrie fades

Peter Lawrie had to wait until the 18th to notch just his second birdie of a disappointing 73 in Munich. Credit: www.golffile.iePeter Lawrie slipped a disappointing eight shots off the pace as England’s Mark Foster carved out a two-shot lead entering the final round of the BMW International Open in in Munich.

The 35-year old Englishman shot a 66 to lead in 14 under as Lawrie struggled to a one over 73 that relegated him to tied 23rd on six under.

The Dubliner was just three shots off the lead starting the day but he lacked the sharpness of the first two days and followed a birdie at the first with bogeys at the fifth, 10th and 17th before repairing some of the damage with a birdie at the last.

Laid-back Lawrie on the march in Munich

Daddy cool. Peter Lawrie is right on the leaders’ heels in the BWM International Open. Credit: www.golffile.iePeter Lawrie has been catching up with his sleep and closing in on the leaders in the BMW International Open in Munich.

The Dubliner joked that grinding on tour feels like a holiday compared to his hectic domestic life after his wife Philippa gave birth to their first son and the couple’s fourth child just last month.

But it will all work this weekend after a second round 68 left him just three strokes adrift of leaders Henrik Stenson and George Coetzee on seven under par.