Kaymer powers into two-shot Munich lead

Munich (Germany) (AFP) –


Home favourite Martin Kaymer fired a second-round 66 to claim a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the European Tour's BMW International Open in Munich on Friday.

The two-time major champion birdied the final hole to move two strokes clear of South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout at the top of the leaderboard on 11 under par for the tournament.

Former world number one Kaymer is looking for his first title since lifting the US Open trophy in 2014.

But the 34-year-old German has seen an upturn in form this season, climbing to 93 in the rankings having started the year 172nd.

The 322nd-ranked Bezuidenhout carded a seven-under 65 to seal a spot in the final group for Saturday, while Finland's Kim Koivu and Sweden's Sebastian Soderberg sit at eight-under.

Another former world number one, Lee Westwood, is just one shot further back.

But Sergio Garcia's poor 2019 campaign continued as the Spaniard missed the cut by a stroke despite a two-under 70.

The 2017 Masters winner has now failed to make the weekend in four of his last six events, and only managed to finish tied-52nd in last week's US Open at Pebble Beach.