The ever consistent South African, Ernie Els continued the form he found last week at the Merion, shooting an opening round 63 to lead the 2013 BMW International Open after the morning session on the European Tour in Munich, Germany.
After a disappointing start last week at the US Open, Els finished off well over the weekend finding his swing and he brought that form to Munich recording 7 birdies and an eagle on Thursday morning.
It’s a perfect way for Els to begin his quest at defending his British Open crown next month at Muirfield, and the ‘Big Easy’ is finding his form at the right time. He had his ball on a string, and the luck fell his way as well receiving favourable lies when he ventured into the rough on the rare occasion.
“Very nice, thankyou. I haven’t had that number for a while,” Els said after shooting 63. “I got off to a nice start birdying the first few holes and I kept on going. I had an unbelievable lie on that Par-5 and I knew that it was my day after that.”
“You walk out of the torture chamber (Merion Golf Club) and you walk into this parkland golf course. You still gotta hit the shots, I really felt that I started swinging it really good over the weekend last week at Merion and I’m lucky enough that I brought it here.”
The South African leads from Matthew Baldwin & Alex Noren who carded rounds of 64 (-8) with Dustin Johnson and Sergio Garcia yet to begin their rounds.
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