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Day two digest: Porsche European Open

Day two digest: Porsche European Open

A flawless driving display saw Robert MacIntyre open up a four shot lead on the second day of the Porsche European Open.

Robert MacIntyre

The afternoon groups enjoyed the more pleasant weather conditions on Friday as the wind disappeared in time for MacIntyre to begin his second round 65.

Here is everything you need to know from day two in Hamburg.

MacIntyre's birdie burst

A seven under 65 definitely did not look possible when the early starters took to the course on Friday. But a cold and windy morning made way for a nice afternoon at Green Eagle Golf Courses and MacIntyre reaped the benefits. He turned in 31 after making birdies at the third, fourth and seventh. And further gains followed on the tenth, 12th, 13th and 18th to give him his first ever overnight lead on the European Tour.

Wiesberger gives his caddie the credit

It was a weird and wonderful second round for in-form Austrian Bernd Wiesberger, who opted to play a shot from a drain at the tenth rather than taking a drop. He then holed his approach at the 13th for a brilliant eagle and he directed the praise for that stunning shot towards his caddie - birthday boy Jamie Lane, who chose the club.

Casey's ant antics

"Almost a rules infraction and I had no clue." These were the words of Englishman Paul Casey after Chief Referee John Paramor spoke to him about hitting a bug on the fifth green. Here is what happened, in the Ryder Cup star's own words...

"I made a birdie putt on the fifth. When I looked at it, there was an ant - well a bug, ant, whatever it was, a beetle - crawling across near my line. And I looked at it and it was nowhere near my line, moving slowly. So I putted the ball, when I looked up the ball was going at the hole - just crept in left edge. I don't look at the line of the ball when it goes off the putter. He's just shown me the video. It actually runs straight over the poor bug. Hopefully it didn't hurt him. If you knowingly hit an animal - and a bug is considered an animal - during the course of a stroke on the putting green, you have to re-play it. I didn't knowingly hit it so I'm alright."

Gouveia's brilliant birdie putt

Friday's early starters were finding birdies hard to come by as a very long golf course showed its teeth on a windy morning. But Portugal's Ricardo Gouveia bucked the trend on the front nine - his back nine - with three birdies in four holes. He started that run with an absolute monster at the fourth, draining a putt from some 60 feet to return to level par. Gouveia went on to reach two under. He said: "I didn't hit the ball as well as yesterday but I holed more putts and had some good up and downs from tough situations."

Siem so close to ace repeat

Marcel Siem is no stranger to holes-in-one at this event, having marked his 400th European Tour start with an ace at the 17th two years ago. And he came so close to repeating the trick on day two - this time at the short eighth. The home favourite landed his accurate tee shot just next to the cup, no more than two inches away from an eagle.