Friday, 19 March 2010
BMW International Open - Round Two  (Getty Images)
BMW International Open - Round Two (Getty Images)

South African Retief Goosen retained the lead at the BMW International Open after the second round by adding a 68 to his opening 64.

The double US Open Championship winner moved to 12 under par and he is now one ahead of Dane Søren Kjeldsen.

Goosen went 33 holes without a bogey, but after dropping a stroke at the 441 yard seventh he closed with his 13th birdie of the week.

“I didn't really give myself that many chances,” said Goosen. “I hit a lot of putts that didn't go in. But overall very happy, I'm happy with the round today and kept it together.”

And Goosen admitted that the Golfclub München Eichenried course was one he enjoyed.

“It obviously suits my eye and I see the shots well on it and I seem to line up pretty easy and the shots into the greens,” he added. “So, it will be nice this weekend to keep it going and see what happens.”

Kjeldsen produced a seven under 65 just a week after having to pull out of the US Open Championship with an ear infection.

“I had four weeks off and I was just really happy to be playing again,” he said. “I didn't mind it was raining and just happy to be out there the last two days have been good.

“I love it, it's not what we saw a lot on Tour really because it is so low scoring. I think the crowd loves it, as well. They see a lot of birdies here and a lot of eagles and it makes us look pretty good.

“We love making birdies and eagles, and I think to have tournaments like that where we are able to and where they let us go low, it's really good and it's important.

Nick Dougherty put his "shocking" finish to The Celtic Manor Wales Open behind him and moved into contention for the €333,330 winner’s cheque.

The 27 year old from Liverpool grabbed two eagles in a 65 that lifted him from 23rd to joint third with Scot David Drysdale.

And if Dougherty maintains his form over the final two rounds there could be an unexpected bonus in store for him - a place in The Open Championship at Turnberry.

Made aware that two exempt spots are on offer from a mini Order of Merit in which he currently lies sixth Dougherty said: "I'd love to play, but the best way is to stay in the now and I'm trying to win this."

Three weeks ago at The Celtic Manor Resort - the course on which he hopes to make his Ryder Cup debut next year - he shared the lead with a round to play, but then crashed all the way to 37th place with a 79.

"It was an horrific score," he commented. "I felt like I should have won, but I changed my game plan a bit and pressed too hard.

"It's amazing that after eight years on Tour you're still learning things and I certainly learnt from that."

The first of his eagles came on the 481 yard sixth when he hit the flag with a six iron and stopped four feet away. Then, only three holes later, he made a 35 footer for another.

Drysdale has already made two trips to The Open Championship venue, so excited is he about his first-ever Major.

"The first time it was flat calm and I thought it was quite easy, then I played it in a hurricane and thought it was impossible," said the 34 year old, who back in 1992 played as a marker alongside John Daly on the final day at Muirfield.

"It's pretty similar to my home course Dunbar except that it's a thousand yards longer and an awful lot narrower!"

Ten times a visitor to The European Tour Qualifying School, he is enjoying his best ever season with second and third place finishes already and a superb 64 now gives him another chance of his first victory.

Going well is 51 year old Bernhard Langer, whose second successive 68 for eight under gives him another opportunity to become the oldest winner in European Tour history.

Langer was full of praise for the game of 20 year old Rory McIlroy after playing with him for the first time these last two days, but the young Ulsterman is two further back following a 67.

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3GOOSEN, RetiefRSA18-18
T4AGUILAR, FelipeCHI18-17
T4JIMÉNEZ, Miguel AngelESP18-17
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