MUNICH – Bradley Dredge of Wales had two eagles in a round for the first time in his 14-year professional career to earn a one-shot lead at the midpoint of the BMW International Open.
He shot a 5-under 67 in Friday’s second round, picking up four shots at the sixth and 11th holes at the Golfclub Munchen Eichenreid.
Dredge moved to 13 under for the tournament to pull ahead of Spain’s Pablo Larrazabal, who shot a 6-under 66 earlier in the day.
Spain’s Ignacio Garrido and Scotland’s Peter Whiteford were tied for third at 11 under.
Ernie Els missed the cut when he couldn’t make a 15-foot eagle putt on the last green.
Of the three current and former Ryder Cup captains in the field, Nick Faldo missed the cut after a second-round 74 left him at 6 over though Germany’s Bernhard Langer will play at the weekend after he shot 69 to reach 5 under.
There were doubts however whether this year’s European captain Colin Montgomerie would play the final two rounds despite shooting a 68 to reach 6 under.
The Scot had played two rounds at the Glolfclub Munchen Eichenreid with a torn calf muscle in his left leg which caused him to limp badly and seek treatment at the end of his round.
“The timing could not be worse,” Montgomerie said. “I shot a great 62 recently at Sunningdale to get a place in the (British) Open at St. Andrews and now this has happened with three weeks to go.
“I don’t know what I did to get the tear, but I am having to take painkillers. Maybe it was just old age. I was 47 recently and it’s been a shambles since then.”