McGinley motoring in Germany
Golf round-up:Ireland’s Paul McGinley followed up on his superb opening round 65 with a 70 to grab a share of second spot on nine under par alongside Paraguay’s Fabrizio Zanotti and the English duo of Danny Willett Chris Wood at the BMW International Open at Gut Larchenhof Golf Club in Cologne.
Joel Sjoholm carded a 66 to take sole possession of the lead on 11 under. Dressed in his now customary plus-fours, he eagled both the 577-yard 16th and 546-yard third in the windy conditions.
A closing birdie took the 26-year-old, 306th in the world and chasing his first European Tour win, to 11 under.
McGinley, now 45 and front-runner to captain Europe in the 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, has not won for seven years but his career appears to be on the rise again.
The Dubliner finished seventh in Korea in April, but on his last start in Wales three weeks ago produced a closing 65 for sixth place.
“It was much tougher - a real good test of golf,” McGinley said. “You had to work the ball and it’s very important to keep it on the fairways.”
He had an eagle on his card for the second day running, making a 20-foot putt at the third before finding the target as well with a 20-foot birdie attempt three holes later.
Damien McGrane improved on his first round by 10 shots in carding a 66, a score that brought him to two under and earned him a place in the weekend action. Simon Thornton made the cut right on the number after a level-par 72 saw him finish on one under.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s Alan Dunbaris through to the final of the British Amateur Open Championship following a two excellent performance at Royal Troon.
In the morning's quarter-final victory be beat Robert Karlsson (Sweden) 3&2, the same margin of victory he registered in the afternoon semi-final when he accounted for Scotland's Paul Ferrier.
Dunbar will play Austrian Matthias Schwab who beat Scotland's Jack McDonald in the other semi-final.