MUNICH, Germany -- Henrik Stenson shot an 8-under 64 in poor weather Thursday to take a one-shot lead after the opening round of the BMW International Open.
Stenson was among the late starters who had to endure a rainfall that made for higher scoring in the afternoon, but the Swedish star still managed seven birdies and an eagle to go along with a lone bogey.
"I don't have much to complain about," Stenson said. "I think the course played a shot tougher this afternoon, but if you are playing good, then you can still hit a good number."
Gary Boyd of England was second after setting the early clubhouse lead with a 65, despite a bogey on the last hole. Three players were tied for third, a further stroke back.
Stenson eagled the par-5 sixth hole to reach the turn in 5 under. He nearly eagled the 18th as well but missed a 4-foot putt and had to settle for a birdie.
"It would have been nice to make that, it would have been even sweeter," said Stenson, who also chipped in for birdie at the 14th. "I just misjudged it. I tried to go left of center and I didn't think it would break to the left, but it did. I probably pulled it a bit too."
Colin Montgomerie celebrated his 48th birthday with a 2-under 70, but wasn't happy about the weather. On the 14th, he was forced to drop his ball out of a puddle in a bunker.
"I'm getting to that stage where I should be spending birthday days on a beach in the Bahamas, and not having to be drenched out here," he said. "This was a horrific day."