Andres Romero wins BMW International Open in Germany

Despite a rocky start on Sunday with a bogey at the first hole, Garcia, who waited almost two decades to notch his maiden major at Augusta, upped his game and hit a fine second shot on the third to rejoin the lead.

The 36-year-old went into the final day three strokes adrift of Bland and world No. 5 Garcia, but ended up winning by one shot from that pair and Belgian Thomas Detry.

Detry posted a closing 66 to set the target at 16 under but when Garcia three-putted the 16th and Bland missed the green on the next, the door was open for Romero.

"I enjoy it here and I want to say thanks to the people at BMW because if it wasn't for them - they gave me an invite for this event - I wouldn't have any category now, and this is going to be life-changing".

Bland, who has never won on the European Tour, carded five birdies but dropped a shot on the par-five sixth and another on the 17th.

Garcia said: "It's nice but it doesn't mean that it's finished".

"I hit some really good shots out there and I hit a couple of scrappy ones coming in but my short game saved me", said Bland. Still we have a long day tomorrow.

Swede Joakim Lagergren was a single shot behind the co-leaders in third, with Thomas Detry and Andres Romero another two strokes back on 10 under. So yeah, kind of ran pretty much into everything. "I'll just try to play solid like I've been playing every day, shoot another good score and see where that puts me".

Joakim Lagergren and Joel Stalter are tied at the top of the leaderboard at nine under after two rounds at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried, one stroke ahead of a large chasing pack that includes Open Championship victor Henrik Stenson and Masters champions Sergio Garcia.

"I think I obviously have a little more confidence since the Masters but I don't think I'm a better player than I was before I won the green jacket".

The overnight leaders started slowly, with Bland playing his first eight holes in one over, while Spaniard Garcia was even par. I felt like I played well enough to win for sure.

  • Rogelio Becker