BMW International Open: Haotong Li wins title in Munich after dramatic shoot-off with Thomas Pieters | Golf News


Haotong Li and Thomas Pieters finished their final rounds locked at 22 under par; the 18th hole returned for the play-off; Li thought a chance had slipped away after going over a token from the edge; he then stunned the crowd by finding the hole 50 feet away

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Haotong Li beat Thomas Pieters in a dramatic shoot-off after their final rounds in Munich

Haotong Li beat Thomas Pieters in a dramatic shoot-off after their final rounds in Munich

Haotong Li hit a 50-foot putt to win the BMW International Open in a spectacular playoff with Thomas Pieters.

Li and Pieters finished their final rounds Sunday at 22 under par, with the 18th hole then coming back into play for the first play-off.

The Chinese player approached the green well, but a very heavy chip caused him big problems after Pieters managed to get out of the bunker.

Li, who had missed a putt to win the title at the end of his final round, then stunned the crowd when he found the holeshot 50 feet away and roared in delight when Pieters was unable to extend the play-off.

Li said he thought about quitting sports 10 months ago

Li said he thought about quitting sports 10 months ago

“I don’t have the words to describe this right now,” Li said.

“As soon as I kicked the ball off I thought I had given it another chance. I couldn’t believe it was going to happen to me again.

“Ten months ago I thought I would quit golf and somehow, [look] where I am now is golf. It’s so hard to describe. I didn’t know I could win this play-off.”

Li had held the lead at the end of every lap in Munich, including tying his career best lap and course record with a 10-under 62 on the opening day.

“I knew it was going to be super tough and I kept thinking about hanging on. Win or lose, I just wanted to play my best and luckily I did.”

The 26-year-old missed 14 cups last year but highlighted his form early in Munich. He carded rounds of 62, 67 and 67 to hold a three-stroke lead heading into the final day.

Li then started strong and was five strokes ahead after five holes of his final round.

After four bogeys and just one birdie between the sixth and 15, he then needed birdies on the 16th and 17th to hold a one-shot advantage over Pieters in the final.

When Pieters birdied on the 18th and Li’s 11-footer won, the pair went down at the start of the par-five final for their play-off.

Li had led by five strokes after five holes of his final round

Li had led by five strokes after five holes of his final round

Li opened the play-off hole by taking advantage of his luck, he flirted twice with water on his way to the back of the green at Golfclub Munchen Eichenried.

After getting his chip well past the flag, he found the form to pull up the monstrous birdie putt up the hill. Pieters, who had been in the bunker himself, was then unable to attempt a seven-foot attempt to extend the fight.

Li and Pieters both finished at two without New Zealander Ryan Fox, who was in the game until he failed to birdie one of his last three holes.

England’s Jordan Smith finished his competition tied for eighth, after a final round of 72 fell short of his previous rounds of 67, 66 and 67.

BMW International Open: Haotong Li wins title in Munich after dramatic shoot-off with Thomas Pieters | Golf News

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