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

Haotong Li and Thomas Pieters finished their final rounds 22 under par; the 18th hole returned for the play-off; Li thought a chance was gone after flipping a chip off the edge; He then stunned the crowd by finding the hole from 50 feet

Last updated: 26/06/22 18:54

The best of the fourth day of the BMW International Open from Munich.

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The best of the fourth day of the BMW International Open from Munich.

The best of the fourth day of the BMW International Open from Munich.

Haotong Li potted a putt from 50 feet to win the BMW International Open in a dramatic playoff with Thomas Pieters.

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

The Chinese made a good approach to the green but then a very persistent chip got him in big trouble after Pieters successfully got out of the bunker.

Li, who missed a putt at the end of his final round to win the title, then stunned the crowd by finding the hole from 50 feet and roared with delight when Pieters failed to extend the playoff.

Haotong Li pockets a 50-foot putt in the first playoff to beat Thomas Pieters in dramatic scenes

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Haotong Li pockets a 50-foot putt in the first playoff to beat Thomas Pieters in dramatic scenes

Haotong Li pockets a 50-foot putt in the first playoff to beat Thomas Pieters in dramatic scenes

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

“As soon as I chipped the ball I thought I missed another chance. I couldn’t believe this would happen to me again.

On a dramatic final day at the BMW International Open, Haotong Li won the competition with a 50-foot putt at a playoff hole, but it hasn't been an easy journey for the 26-year-old

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On a dramatic final day at the BMW International Open, Haotong Li won the competition with a 50-foot putt at a playoff hole, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for the 26-year-old

On a dramatic final day at the BMW International Open, Haotong Li won the competition with a 50-foot putt at a playoff hole, but it hasn’t been an easy journey for the 26-year-old

“Ten months ago I thought I was going to quit golf and kinda [look] where i am now it’s golf. It’s so hard to describe. I had no idea I could win this playoff.”

Li has held the lead at the end of every round in Munich, including setting his career best round and setting the course record of 10 under par 62 on opening day.

“I knew it was going to be super tough and I always thought about sticking with it. Win or lose, I just wanted to do my best out there and luckily I did.”

The 26-year-old missed 14 cuts last year but underlined his form early on in Munich. He carded rounds of 62, 67 and 67 to maintain a three-shot lead from the final day.

Li then started strong and was five shots up five holes into his final round.

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

Li said he thought about quitting sports 10 months ago

Li said he thought about quitting sports 10 months ago

When Pieters birdied the 18th and slapped out Li’s 11-foot win, the pair went back to the start of the par five, the last for their playoff.

Li opened the playoff hole by riding his luck, twice flirting with the water on his way to the back green of Golfclub München Eichenried.

After flipping his chip well past the flag, he found the form to pot the monster birdie putt back up the hill. Pieters, who had been in the bunker himself, was then unable to make a seven-foot attempt to extend the contest.

Both Li and Pieters finished two ahead of New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, who was in the mix until he failed to birdie on any of his last three holes.

England’s Jordan Smith finished his competition in eighth place after a final round of 72 fell short of his earlier rounds of 67, 66 and 67.

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