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Four players share clubhouse lead in Cologne, mixed day for US Open winner Kaymer on return

  • German  US open winner  Martin Kaymer , left, putts  a ball o during the BMW  International Open golf tournament  at Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany,  Thursday June 26, 2014.  At right German golfer Marcel Siem.  (AP Photo/dpa,Rolf Vennenbernd)

    German US open winner Martin Kaymer , left, putts a ball o during the BMW International Open golf tournament at Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany, Thursday June 26, 2014. At right German golfer Marcel Siem. (AP Photo/dpa,Rolf Vennenbernd)  (The Associated Press)

  • German  US open winner  Martin Kaymer  plays a ball out of the bunker during the BMW  International Open golf tournament at Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany,  Thursday June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa,Rolf Vennenbernd)

    German US open winner Martin Kaymer plays a ball out of the bunker during the BMW International Open golf tournament at Gut Laerchenhof in Pulheim near Cologne, Germany, Thursday June 26, 2014. (AP Photo/dpa,Rolf Vennenbernd)  (The Associated Press)

Andy Sullivan of England shot a six-under 66 for a four-way tie of the early clubhouse lead on Thursday while local favorite Martin Kaymer endured a frustrating round on the opening day of the BMW International Open.

Sullivan finished the Gut Laerchenhof course with his fifth birdie and made up for a bogey on the seventh with an eagle on the 13th. He joins compatriot Graham Storm, Denmark's Anders Hansen and Frenchman Gary Stahl among the best of the early finishers.

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 for a one-under 71.

Irish Open winner Mikko Ilonen finished four-under par while playing partner and 11-time European Tour winner Sergio Garcia was one-under.