MUNICH, Germany (AP) _ France's Fabrice Tarnaud fired a 9-under-par 63 Thursday and took the first-round lead at the BMW Open as European players scrambled to make the Ryder Cup team.

England's Peter Baker, who would need to win the $1.2 million tournament to make the European team, was one shot back at 64, along with compatriot Carl Watts, South Africa's Wayne Westner and Swedes Peter Hedblom and Patrik Sjoland.

Jose Maria Olazabal, 11th in the Ryder Cup standings, shot a 67. He needs a Top 20 finish to clinch the 10th and final automatic spot on the Ryder Cup team.

The players took advantage of sunny weather to batter the Munich Nord-Eichenried course with subpar rounds.

Colin Montgomerie, one of six players already qualified for the European team that will face the United States next month at Valderrama, Spain, was in a group of seven at 65.

``Usually I am delighted with a 65, but there's one course in Europe that's the easiest all year and this is it,'' said Montgomerie, who called for tougher European courses.

Olazabal, who started with three birdies then cooled off, said he didn't feel any pressure about making the Ryder Cup team.

``For weeks I've just been trying to swing well,'' he said. ``If I succeed, then I'll succeed at everything else I want to do.''

Baker, 20th in the Ryder Cup listings, is trying for his second appearance on the team since 1993, the last year he won a tour title.

``Just a month ago all I was thinking about was keeping my tour card,''. Baker said. ``If I make the Ryder Cup now it would be like winning the lottery three weeks in a row.''

Baker, who finished second to Sweden's Per-Ulrik Johansson last week in the European Open at Dublin, had an eagle and eight birdies.

Irishman Padraig Harrington, right behind Olazabal in the Ryder Cup standings, shot a 66. He would need a top seven finish to make the team.

Olazabal, if he doesn't qualify, could be one of two captain picks by Seve Ballesteros. Nick Faldo and Jesper Parnevik are the other candidates.