Sergio Garcia tied at the top after third round of BMW International

Highlights from the third round of the BMW International Open in Munich, where Sergio Garcia and an inspired Richard Bland share the lead on 13 under.

The Spanish star, playing in Europe for the first time since capturing the Masters in Augusta in April, had led after birdies on the 12th and 13th holes before 44-year-old Bland responded.

"I fought to the end, created many chances", said Kaymer, the 2008 champion.

Bland, who began the day a single shot behind halfway leaders Joel Stalter and Lagergen, showed tremendous ability to bounce back from a bogey at the second with three straight gains from the fourth to reach the turn in 34.

Garcia and Bland both managed third-round scores of 67 to finish on -13 in Germany. "I'll keep doing the job here and hitting good shots, making putts, and we'll see where I stand on Sunday".

Stenson sunk four birdies and dropped just one shot as he seeks to retain the title he won from Darren Fichardt and Thorbjorn Olesen here a year ago.

Sergio Garcia marked his first appearance on European soil since winning the Masters by heading into the second day of the BMW International in third place.

Compatriot Richard Green is next best of the Australian contingent with the Melburnian's one-under-par 71 leaving him in a tie for 23rd at four-under.

The leading pair have a one-shot advantage over Joakim Lagergren, but Henrik Stenson is five strokes off the pace after the Open champion returned a frustrating level-par 72 to slip to eight under along with Tommy Fleetwood.

"It was great", said Garcia to the European Tour's official website. I was very happy to see some of the shots I hit and some of the putts I made and very happy with my six under.

Both men will be looking over their shoulder at two big names on moving day, with Masters victor Garcia and Open champion Stenson among a group of five players tied for second at eight under.

  • Julie Sanders