Spain’s Rafa Cabrera-Bello took a two-stroke penalty on a double hit – accidental but recorded nonetheless – forced a four-way tie for the top of the leader board at the BMW International Open in Koln, Germany, at the end of 36 holes on Friday.
Cabrera-Bello ended up with a 68, tying him for first at 12-under with fellow Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal, Argentina’s Emiliano Grillo and England’s Danny Willett.
Willett and Cabrera-Bello are tied for a second straight day, while Grillo shot his second straight 66 and Larrazabal set the pace with a tourney-best 63.
Larrazabal racked up nine birdies, including five in a row between No. 13 and No. 17.
Six more players are bunched together at 10-under, two strokes off the lead. Among them is 50-year-old Miguel Angel Jimenez, who shot his second straight 5-under 67 on Friday.
Race to Dubai leader Thomas Bjorn and current world No. 2 Henrik Stenson are tied for 19th at 8-under. World No. 8 Sergio Garcia is 7-under after firing a 66 on Friday.
Also at 7-under is American John Daly, who knocked home a 67 on Friday. With so many low scores, if you didn’t shoot at least a 4-under over the first 36 holes, you aren’t playing this weekend.
With that, Alvaro Quiros, who had a 66 on Thursday, missed the cut by a stroke after stumbling to a 75 on Friday. Also on the wrong side of the coin was US Open champion Martin Kaymer, who never found his stride and was 1-over through 36 holes.