Date: June 22, 2007

Rumford flies flag in Munich

Raphael Jacquelin and Jos -Filipe Lima lead the way after the first round of the BMW International Open in Munich, while Brett Rumford is the best of the Australians, five shots off the pace. Frenchman Marc Farry was also back making headlines on Thursday and, unlike last time, he was perfectly happy about it. Four years after becoming the first European Tour player to fail a drug test – he was later exonerated because the substance was prescribed by a doctor to combat a wrist injury – the 47-year-old Frenchman is now trying to fight his way back onto the circuit. An opening six-under-par 66 at the BMW International Open in Munich, for which he qualifies as a previous winner, left Farry only one behind joint leaders Jacquelin and Lima. The 25-year-old had Lima had eagles at the sixth and 18th as he and Jacquelin finished the day one ahead of Farry, Englishman Paul Broadhurst and Spaniard Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano. Only level par after eight holes, Ernie Els (67) sank a bunker shot for an eagle three on the 18th and his three birdies in four holes on the front nine included driving the green at the 331-yard fifth. Rumford (70), meanwhile, had a poor start to the round, bogeying two of the first three holes before recovering to be even par at the end of the front nine. But two consecutive birdies on 15 and 16 saw Rumford finish the day at two-under-par, two strokes ahead of the next best Australian, Matthew Millar (72), who is on even par. It was a disappointing day for Terry Price (74), Andrew Tampion (74) and Peter O&aposMalley (75), but on the low scoring links of Munich, they are still certainly not out of contention. After Round 1 of the BMW International Open (par 72): -7: Raphael Jacquelin 65, Jos -Filipe Lima 65 -6: Paul Broadhurst 66, Marc Farry 66, Gonzalo Fdez-Castano 66 -5: Ernie Els 67, Niclas Fasth 67, David Frost 67, Francesco Molinari 67, Andres Romero 67 -4: Paul Casey 68, Nick Dougherty 68, Martin Erlandsson 68, Alastair Forsyth 68, Peter Fowler (Australia) 68, Ricardo Gonzalez 68, Anders Hansen 68, Peter Hanson 68, Steven Jeppesen 68, Thomas Levet 68 Also: -2: Brett Rumford (Australia) 70 E: Matthew Millar (Australia) 72 +1: Wade Ormsby (Australia) 73 +2: Terry Price (Australia) 74, Andrew Tampion (Australia) 74 +3: Peter O&aposMalley (Australia) 75