+++ Li retains the lead +++ “Fox on the run” +++Kieffer climbs to
sixth +++ Eight German players make the cut +++
Munich. At the end of round two of the BMW
International Open, watched by 11,000 spectators, Haotong Li (-15) is
still sitting pretty at the top of the leaderboard. The Chinese was an
early starter at Golfclub München Eichenried and returned to the
clubhouse after a five-under round of 67. Hot on his heels is Ryan Fox
(-14), who refused to allow a two-hour rain delay in the afternoon to
knock him out of his stride. The New Zealander carded a round of 64
(-8) and remains bogey-free for the tournament.
Third place is occupied by Dutchman Daan Huizing (-12), ahead of
Jordan Smith (ENG) and Thomas Pieters (both -11). The Belgian, playing
in the same group as Fox, also shot an excellent eight under par on
Max Kieffer (-10) is the best of the homegrown players going into the
final weekend. Kieffer, who celebrated his 32nd birthday on
Saturday, shot a 66 to climb into sixth place. Nicolai von
Dellingshausen (-7, T16) dropped a shot today, but is still
well-placed thanks to his outstanding opening round. The same can be
said of Hurly Long, who is tied with von Dellingshausen on -7.
Billy Horschel (-5, T37) had improved his overall score to six under
par until he arrived at the 18th green and his third shot –
out of the bunker – flew over the green and landed in the water.
Horschel eventually had to settle for a bogey on his final hole.
Martin Kaymer (GER, -6, T26) was unable to back up yesterday’s
performance. However, like Horschel, he still has two rounds to make a
move up the leaderboard. Kaymer showed last year that this is
possible, when he produced a stunning fightback on the Sunday, at the
end of which he only narrowly missed out on the title.
With this in mind, Marcel Siem, Yannick Paul, Timo Vahlenkamp (all
-6, T26) and Marcel Schneider (-4, T50) can also play themselves into
contention with two top rounds at the weekend. They complete the large
contingent of German players who made the cut.
Also returning at the weekend are major winners Sergio García (ESP)
and Louis Oosthuizen (RSA, both -5, T46), as well as Bernd Wiesberger
(AUT, -4, T50).
Quotes after round two.
“It was similar to yesterday. I managed to get off to another good
start, which always helps. I feel fantastic. I believe I have only
missed two cuts this year. I have really improved, particularly off
the tee, and am back where I used to be. I just have to stay on the
ball, continue to improve, and show what I am capable of. I felt the
pressure on the last few holes. Hopefully, I can just play my golf and
stay calm at the weekend.”
“I am really satisfied, as I have done a lot right this week. My
short game is super. To still be bogey-free after 36 holes is
fantastic. I had just hit a few good shots before the rain delay, and
would have liked to have continued playing. After that, it took me a
while to find my game again, but I did in the end.”
“It definitely did not go as smoothly as yesterday, but you cannot
expect to play nine under every day. Given the way I played, I am
happy to have finished three under. That is a good result. There are
definitely a few things to improve, but that is okay. I will stay calm
and do my own thing. I’ll continue to communicate well with my wife,
who is my caddy. I am just taking it one shot at a time still.”
“Yesterday (the albatross) was very cool. I was delighted, I have to
say. It was very special. It took me a bit longer to get to sleep
yesterday. I was a bit tired this morning, but as soon as I got
started the positive feeling returned, which got me through the round.
It is so nice to be able to play in front of crowds again. That is
always special, particularly in Germany. I will draw from that
positive feeling and the support of the spectators. I will definitely
be wearing lederhosen at the Players’ Night. It was a very good
motivation to play well today, to be able to lie in a little tomorrow.”
“The fans were already there by 8 o’clock this morning. I did not
play quite as well today as I did yesterday. I did not create many
chances or make many putts. The course was a little tricker than
yesterday. You have one eye on your family when they are with you on
the round. I actually get a bit nervous when my five-month old son is
watching, even though he has no interest in golf yet.”