Weather is playing havoc with the BMW Open Championship in Koln, Germany this week, but they are on the course in the third round on Saturday at the Golf Club Gut Larchenhof. England’s Paul Casey fired a bogey-free 9-under par 63 in the third round, but finished the day one shot off of the lead.
Two double bogeys on the par 72 layout on Thursday, and a one over par total has the 36 year-old Brit from Cheltenham one shot back to Aussie, Richard Green when they tee it up on Sunday. Casey hasn’t made a bogey since the fifth hole on Friday, and has played catch-up ever since.
It’s a major log-jam on the leaderboard, and even in the poor weather conditions, the 36-hole cut came at -5 under par. Green takes a -12 under par total to the final tomorrow, and has a one-shot lead over Casey, Gary Stahl from France, and another Brit, Oliver Fisher.
Most of the European Tour players have gone back home to get ready for the Open Championship in Hoylake next month. The 5-under par cut sent quite a few good players home for the weekend, including the hottest player on the planet at this point of the season, US Open Champ Martin Kaymer.
Kaymer couldn’t find the magic he had at Pinehurst a few weeks back, and couldn’t seem to make a putt in a 71-73 effort. I expect he will straighten that out prior to moving on to Royal Liverpool.
2013 FedEx Cup, and Race To Dubai Champ, Henrik Stenson is showing some life, and promise in Koln this week. Stenson is starting to round into form, and after matching 4-under par 68’s in the opening rounds, the Swede is 3-under after 8 in the third round. He is still on the course at this writing, and is only four back with some holes to play.
Stenson has been in a season-long slump since winning all the money on the planet last year.
The European Tour moves on to Paris next week for the Alstom de France and then to Royal Aberdeen before ending up at Hoylake in three weeks.