BMW International Open June 26 2014

dragon logo darkThe Former Champion Danny Willett and his playing partner Rafa Cabrera-Bello set the pace on the opening day of the BMW International Open to top the leaderboard at the end of day 1. Rafa Cabrera-Bello  (Getty Images) Rafa Cabrera Bello / Getty Images. Rafa and Danny both shot opening rounds of -8 under apt 64, to top the leaderboard by two strokes of the BMW International Open at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof in Cologne, Germany. Danny was the champion at this same venue two years ago, his only European Tour victory, said he played well and took advantage to score when it was available, dripping in some nice putts; "It was good. It was one of those days when I rolled a few nice ones in. There was a score out there and we both took it. You can turn average rounds into good rounds when you hole a few putts and that is what I seemed to be doing." There are a group of seven players keeping the two leaders in sight, these next best challengers are all on -6 under par. Alvaro Quiros, Gary Stal, Michael Hoey, Graeme Storm, Andy Sullivan, Emiliano Grillo and Anders Hansen are the formidable group chasing down the leaders. Andy Sullivan also enjoyed a good days putting;  " I played some smart golf, which has been lacking in recent performances. My putting was a lot better and that always helps. I tried to play it to 20 feet and rely on my putting." Martin Kaymer did not fare so well in front his home fans, and was disappointed to post -1 under par 71; “I struggle to see a lot of shots, it was a tough day for me on the greens. Those greens look good but they are very tough to putt on.  There are expectations from so many people who come out and expect you to play well, at least as well as two weeks ago. That’s how Germans are, but you have to lower your expectations. I had very long weeks the last two months. It’s very difficult to keep your energy level up. It’s nice to play here, but it’s also quite exhausting because there’s so much to do.”