BMW International Open 2017: Sergio Garcia, Richard Bland Share Saturday Lead – Bleacher Report

English Richard Bland reacts after a birdie point during his match at the first final day of the BMW International Open golf tournament in Eichenried near Munich, southern Germany, on June 24, 2017.  / AFP PHOTO / Christof STACHE        (Photo credit should read CHRISTOF STACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

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Sergio Garcia and Richard Bland share the lead at the 2017 BMW International Open after finishing on five under after Round 3 at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenried in Munich, Germany, on Saturday.

Sweden’s Joakim Lagergren is one shot behind the pair in third after shooting a round of 69.

For the full leaderboard, visit the European Tour official website.

Bland recovered from a bogey on the par-three second to eventually hit a hat-trick of birdies on the front nine. Things got better for Bland when he birdied the 11th, before hitting an eagle on the par-four 13.

The European Tour official Twitter feed relayed highlights of the terrific eagle shot:


His eagle putt left Bland at five under with just five holes left to play, giving him a two-stroke lead over Masters champion Garcia.

The Spaniard had started the back nine brilliantly, sinking birdies at the 11th and 12th holes to briefly take the lead:


Unfortunately, Garcia’s progress was stunted when he could only manage a bogey on the par-four 14. The mistake let a resurgent Bland seize the initiative.

Garcia responded emphatically to his setback by shooting a birdie on the 15th. He managed par one hole later to cut the gap to Bland to just one shot.

Another birdie, this one on the par-three 17th, put Garcia back in first place, albeit in a tie with Bland. The latter found par on the 14th, 15th and 16th holes to stay in the mix for the lead.

Bland hit par twice more to finish on 67, while par on the 18th gave Garcia the same score and a tie for the lead.

Lagergren was the best of the rest, with the Swede recovering from an early bogey to finish just one shot out of the lead. Lagergren has third spot to himself after Argentinian Andres Romero was guilty of a costly bogey on the 18th.

Lagergren played some quality golf late on to stay in touch with the joint-leaders.

Lagergren played some quality golf late on to stay in touch with the joint-leaders.Matthias Schrader/Associated Press

Romero and Lagergren will be among the late group playing Sunday, but all eyes will be on the duel at the top, with nothing to separate Garcia and Bland.

    

All scorecard information, per the European Tour official website.

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