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Four players share the halfway lead heading into the weekend of the BMW International Open in Cologne at the end of a second day of low scoring at Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof.

Rafa Cabera-Bello (pictured by Getty Images) and Pablo Larrazabal, flying the Spanish flag on the day the movie “Seve” hit the big screens, were joined on 12 under par by 2012 BMW International Open Champion Danny Willett and Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo.

However, despite the support from thousands of fans who flocked to Golf Club Gut Lärchenhof, US Open Champion Martin Kaymer was unable to turn his score around and comfortably missed the cut by four shots after a disappointing 73. Fellow German Marcel Siem looked like he might be joining him until a final flourish where he birdied five of the last six holes to not only make the cut but also force his way into contention at eight under par with a 66.

Larrazabal made the greatest gain with a nine under par 63 to reach 12 under 132, a 36 hole total matched by Grillo with a 66, and the two overnight leaders Cabrera-Bello and Willett who shot matching 68s.

The cut fell at four under par, just one short of the lowest of the European Tour season.

Quotes from Leaders:

Rafa Cabrera-Bello: “I’m pleased with my score but more pleased with the way I played.  I felt I played really well. today.  Was a little unlucky coming down the last few holes but overall pleased with minus four.”

Danny Willett: “12 under is a good score for two days. Rafa and I have featured well the first two rounds, obviously with two identical scores.  It’s been a good three ball.”

Emiliano Grillo: “I think I’m swinging well.  I’m playing well.  So good indication for a week that hopefully ends up even better.  I think I’ve found something special this week and I hope to keep finding it out.”

Pablo Larrazabal: “Yesterday I played maybe better than today, but I couldn’t hole any putts.  And today made those birdies early on with a run of five in a row from the 13th.  That helps. After that I tried to play my game and made short birdies on the second and third, and then a great putt on the fifth and then a great shot coming in the eighth. So happy with my game and we will see what happens.

Golf Scores after round  2:

 132 R Cabrera-Bello (Esp) 64 68, P Larrazábal (Esp) 69 63, E Grillo (Arg) 66 66, D Willett  (Eng) 64 68,
134 R Karlsson (Swe) 68 66, C Lee (Sco) 69 65, M Jiménez (Esp) 67 67, A Hartø  (Den) 68 66, A Cejka (Ger) 68 66, B Grace  (RSA) 67 67,
135 S Dyson  (Eng) 69 66, G Stal  (Fra) 66 69, N Elvira  (Esp) 67 68, S Lowry  (Irl) 67 68, M Hoey  (Nir) 66 69, P Waring  (Eng) 72 63, A Sullivan (Eng) 66 69, R Wattel  (Fra) 67 68,
136 M Nixon (Eng) 69 67, E Pepperell (Eng) 72 64, T Hatton (Eng) 69 67, J Dantorp (Swe) 68 68, S Walker (Eng) 67 69, T Björn (Den) 70 66, G Havret  (Fra) 71 65, M Siem  (Ger) 70 66, H Stenson (Swe) 68 68, C Del Moral (Esp) 68 68,
137 A Levy (Fra) 70 67, J Kruger (RSA) 72 65, J Daly (USA) 70 67, T Jaidee (Tha) 71 66, G Bhullar (Ind) 67 70, A Cañizares  (Esp) 70 67, F Molinari (Ita) 71 66, S Garcia  (Esp) 71 66,
138 M Madsen  (Den) 70 68, J Donaldson (Wal) 71 67, J Campillo (Esp) 67 71, W Ormsby (Aus) 71 67, D Im (USA) 68 70, O Fisher  (Eng) 72 66, A Wall (Eng) 69 69, A Hansen (Den) 66 72,
139 T Fleetwood  (Eng) 70 69, J Knutzon (USA) 70 69, F Zanotti (Par) 72 67, E Goya (Arg) 72 67, J Quesne  (Fra) 71 68, G Storm  (Eng) 66 73, T Lewis (Eng) 67 72, M Foster (Eng) 70 69,
140 M Korhonen (Fin) 69 71, A Gee  (Eng) 71 69, P Casey  (Eng) 73 67, V Dubuisson  (Fra) 71 69, M Kieffer (Ger) 69 71, A Saddier (Fra) 70 70, D McGrane (Irl) 69 71, R Fisher (Eng) 70 70, D Drysdale (Sco) 72 68, M Ilonen  (Fin) 68 72, R Green (Aus) 72 68, J Carlsson (Swe) 68 72, J Hansen  (Den) 70 70, J Heath  (Eng) 75 65, C Wood  (Eng) 70 70, J Walters (RSA) 71 69, M Röhrig (am) (Ger) 73 67,
141 R Bland (Eng) 72 69, A Quiros  (Esp) 66 75, P Lawrie (Sco) 72 69, F Aguilar (Chi) 72 69, B Paolini (USA) 72 69, J Singh (Ind) 71 70, R Santos  (Por) 73 68, A Lahiri (Ind) 68 73, S Wakefield (Eng) 71 70, J Doherty  (Sco) 71 70, G Maybin (Nir) 71 70, N Colsaerts  (Bel) 69 72, S Khan (Eng) 71 70, M Baldwin (Eng) 68 73,
142 J Morrison  (Eng) 69 73, K Phelan (Irl) 68 74, P Price (Wal) 76 66, S Kapur (Ind) 73 69, M Schneider (Ger) 69 73, R Kakko  (Fin) 75 67, B Wiesberger  (Aut) 68 74, D Howell (Eng) 69 73, M Crespi  (Ita) 73 69, S Hansen (Den) 74 68,
143 S Manley (Wal) 70 73, T Aiken (RSA) 70 73, E Molinari  (Ita) 72 71, D Huizing (Ned) 71 72, P McGinley (Irl) 72 71, W Huang (Chn) 74 69, S Kjeldsen (Den) 68 75, P Hedblom (Swe) 74 69,
144 F Calmels  (Fra) 73 71, R Rock (Eng) 73 71, M Kaymer (Ger) 71 73, E De La Riva  (Esp) 71 73, M Warren (Sco) 75 69, R Finch  (Eng) 72 72, V Riu  (Fra) 70 74,
145 M Carlsson  (Swe) 72 73, L Slattery (Eng) 73 72, J Lara (Esp) 72 73, R Ramsay  (Sco) 71 74, T Levet (Fra) 72 73, J Edfors (Swe) 74 71, C Arendell (USA) 73 72, R Jacquelin (Fra) 72 73, R Gonzalez (Arg) 68 77, T Olesen (Den) 76 69, D Lynn (Eng) 74 71, A Kaleka  (Fra) 72 73,
146 A Otaegui  (Esp) 72 74, D Fichardt (RSA) 75 71, M Lundberg (Swe) 73 73, C Doak (Sco) 72 74, T Pieters  (Bel) 72 74, N Dougherty  (Eng) 76 70, S Kim (Kor) 77 69, D Horsey (Eng) 70 76, D Foos (am) (Ger) 71 75,
147 L Bjerregaard  (Den) 76 71, M Glauert (Ger) 75 72, J McLeary  (Sco) 75 72, N Fasth (Swe) 70 77,
148 A Pavan (Ita) 76 72, P Sjöland (Swe) 76 72, M Kramer  (Ger) 75 73, S Jamieson  (Sco) 75 73, P Lawrie (Irl) 73 75, J Jeong (Kor) 75 73,
149 K Broberg (Swe) 72 77, J Lima  (Por) 73 76, A Forsyth (Sco) 72 77,
150 J Olazábal (Esp) 77 73, S Thornton (Irl) 76 74, M Grönberg (Swe) 79 71,
151 G Coetzee (RSA) 72 79, P Uihlein  (USA) 80 71, A Knappe (Ger) 74 77, P Whiteford (Sco) 80 71, B Rumford (Aus) 73 78,
153 A Kirstein (Ger) 75 78,
154 J Parry (Eng) 74 80,
** E Dubois (Fra) 75 DQ, F Andersson Hed (Swe) 83 DQ, D Brooks (Eng) 77 DQ, D Higgins (Irl) 75 DQ,

Source: European Tour

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