5 Things: Kaymer MCs at BMW Int'l; 4 tied for lead

Martin Kaymer missed the cut at the 2014 BMW International Open in his first start after his U.S. Open victory.
Martin Kaymer missed the cut at the 2014 BMW International Open in his first start after his U.S. Open victory. ( Getty Images )

Friday, June 27, 2014

Rafa Cabrera-Bello, Emiliano Grillo, Pablo Larrazabal and Danny Willett share the lead halfway through the BMW International Open.

Here are 5 Things to know from Cologne, Germany.

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1. MC FOR MAJOR CHAMPION: U.S. Open champion Martin Kaymer failed to make the 4-under cut on Friday.

Local favorite Kaymer had three straight bogeys and a double bogey in a 1-over 73 that included four birdies. He finished at even-par 144 overall.

"(This) was a big step for me to accept that you have golf courses that don't suit your play, so it's OK for me," said Kaymer, who was born in nearby Duesseldorf.

"It is how it is. I did my very best and level par was the best I could do."

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2. DOUBLE TROUBLE: A rare moment of misfortune meant Rafa Cabrera-Bello had to be content with a share of the lead at the halfway point at Golf Club Gut Larchenhof – as he had a double hit on the par-5 seventh.

The 30-year-old, who spent the majority of the morning as a clear leader, inadvertently made a second connection with the ball in his follow through as he attempted to chip out of the rough in front of the green.

"I was a little unlucky coming down the last few holes but, overall, pleased with the minus four," Cabrera-Bello said.

He finished with a 4-under 68. The double bogey was his only hiccup of the day as he added five birdies to his scorecard.

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3. BIRDIE MACHINE: Former champion Pablo Larrazabal made nine birdies - including five in a row - for a 9-under 63, matching the best round so far. The Spaniard is on 12 under overall with overnight leaders Cabrera-Bello, Willett and Grillo.

"I played great today, I played great yesterday," said Larrazabal, who won the tournament in 2011.

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4. LOG JAM: As there is a four players tied for the leader after 36 holes, there are 14 players within four shots of the lead. Six players are tied for fifth, two shots back, which includes Miguel Angel Jimenez and Branden Grace. At 9 under, sit eight players, which include Shane Lowry and Simon Dyson.

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5. LOW-AMERICAN: If you guessed John Daly, give yourself a round of applause. The 48-year-old shot rounds of 70-67 to make the cut by three shots at the BMW International Open.

It's Daly's third consecutive cut made as he played in the Travelers Championship and FedEx St. Jude Classic for all 72 holes.

  • Associated Press and European Tour contributed