Willett, Cabrera-Bello lead after Cologne round 1

Published on NewsOK Modified: June 26, 2014 at 12:27 pm •  Published: June 26, 2014
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COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Danny Willett and Rafa Cabrera-Bello shot 8-under 64s for the lead while local favorite Martin Kaymer endured a frustrating round on the opening day of the BMW International Open on Thursday.

Willett finished with his eighth birdie to match his Spanish playing partner's bogey-free round.

"We played good. It was one of them days. We rolled a few nice ones in," said Willett, who won the 2012 tournament on the same Gut Laerchenhof course.

"You can turn an average round into a great round quite quickly when you hole a few nice putts and that's all we seem to be doing."

Cabrera-Bello said it was a pleasure to play with the Englishman.

"It's a really, really good way to start," Cabrera-Bello said. "What I enjoyed most about the round was that I played steady. I didn't have a really high peak and I didn't have any lows."

Kaymer, making his first competitive appearance since winning the U.S. Open, made five birdies but was let down by two bogeys and a double bogey in a 1-under 71.

"It was a tough day for me on the greens," said Kaymer, who was given a rousing reception despite the 7:40 a.m. tee off. "It was very, very playable today. It was the best conditions you can get here, but I didn't make many putts, especially the last five holes. It was probably the worst I can do."

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