A mid-round eagle boosted Gavin Moynihan’s spirits on a lightning-interrupted first day at the BMW International Open in Munich.
Moynihan eagled the par-5 18th he was playing as his ninth on the Eichenried course to the north of the Bavarian capital.
The threat of lightning halted play at 4.21pm local time and it was not until five minutes shy of three hours later that play could resume.
The Mt. Juliet attached Moynihan, competing in his 13th event of the 2018/19 wraparound season, was among those caught-up in the long delay and it was not before 8.45pm local time that Moynihan walked off with a solid two-under par 70.
Italian Andrea Pavan, the player who denied Padraig Harrington victory in last year’s Czech Masters, produced an eagle, five birdies but also a last hole bogey in a round of six-under par 66 to lead the German field by a shot
As for Ireland’s two other competing stars, the delay did Paul Dunne little favour with the Greystones golfer signing for a two-over par 74, the same score as Belfast’s Michael Hoey.
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Meanwhile, over 6,000 kms away to the west, Padraig Harrington produced a two-over par 68 on the opening day of the Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut.
Europe’s Ryder Cup Captain, competing in the event for a fifth year running, made the most of his invitation in producing three birdies and just the one dropped shot to sit just outside the top-20 and two shots behind the leading American duo of Ryan Palmer and Bronson Burgoon at the time of writing.
The pick of Harrington’s trio of birdies was holing putts of 18-feet at his first and ninth holes on the TPC River Highlands course where American Jim Furyk shot a Tour-low of 58 now three years ago.
West Waterford’s Seamus Power was two-under par through 11 holes of his opening round.
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