Kraymer takes 5-stroke lead

Munich, June 21:

Martin Kraymer grabbed a five-stroke lead with a 9-under 63 in the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday.

Kraymer, last year’s tour rookie of the year, collected nine birdies for a 13-under 131 after two rounds in a bid to become the first German winner of the event in its 20-year history. “I get goosebumps when I see the crowds. Yesterday there was a lot of people, today there was more,” Kraymer said. “I would have been maybe four or five under, but my putting was so good.”

Miguel Angel Jimenez, the leading European money-winner, struggled to a 75 and missed the 1-under cut with 144. John Daly also missed the cut with a 72 for 144 after three straight back nine bogies.

Sharing second at 136 were two players chasing their first title, Frenchman Francois Delamontagne after a 66 and English player Benn Barham with a 68. Henrik Stenson shared fourth, another stroke back, with four others after a 68.

The 23-year-old Kraymer won his first title at Abu Dhabi in January and is touted as one of Europe’s most promising young players — and the German successor to two-time Masters champion Bernhard Langer.

Kraymer will try to win the only event on home soil that eluded Langer, who has 11 titles in Germany among 72 won worldwide.