You can be sure Vincent Norrman will never forget the 2021 BMW International Open after making a hole-in-one albatross on his professional debut on the European Tour. The Swede finished as leading amateur at the Scandinavian Mixed hosted by Henrik & Annika two weeks ago and was taking his first steps on the European Tour in the paid ranks at Golfclub München Eichenried.
He was two over for his round as he stood 270 yards from the flag on the par four 16th tee but one swing of a three wood turned his day around in spectacular style. "I was kind of mad going into that hole, actually. I played really poorly and then my caddie gave me the go to go for it.
It was a perfect three wood number and I knew that I could miss it a little right and a little left of the pin so I was aggressive towards it. I hit it and I didn't see where it went and I just saw people behind the green going crazy and I kind of realised as I walked off the tee almost, it was amazing.
I've had three on par threes but I've never been close on a par four so that was amazing." Martin Kaymer insisted he was not putting too much pressure on himself on home soil after carding an opening 70 at the 2021 BMW International Open.
The home favourite is a two time Major Champion and former World Number One but his last win was his second Major at the 2014 U.S. Open Championship and he currently sits 99th in the Official World Golf Ranking. A long awaited victory this week at Golfclub München Eichenried would go some way to moving him back to the very top of the game, but the 36-year-old insists he is willing to be patient.
"I was searching a bit over the last few weeks what it was," he said. "I said to Craig (Connelly, caddie) also, I’m not too far away. Then you miss a cut and think you must be far away. But it didn’t feel like it.
My attitude changed a bit in terms of: I don’t need to perform this week. My goal is more mid-term, long-term. I need to get back to the Top 50 in the World, Top 20 and eventually to the Top Ten, Top Five. I need to see it step by step.
My main mission is now to play golf and work on the things I work on with my coach in the tournament without focusing so much on the result. I think that attitude takes the pressure away a little bit."