MUNICH — Ernie Els shot 3-under-par 69 in the second round of the BMW International Open on Friday to maintain his one-stroke lead.
The South African made six birdies, a double bogey and a bogey, leaving him at 12-under 132 halfway through the European Tour event. Els, a two-time winner of the British Open and U.S. Open, opened with 63 on Thursday.
“There’s so much golf to be played. If you fall out of the lead, if you’re not leading after three rounds, it doesn’t really mean much at all late Sunday,” Els said. “So you just want to stay in the race and keep trying to go forward.”
He is followed by Matthew Baldwin (69) and Alexander Levy (68). Defending champion Danny Willett shot 65 for the day’s best round and is tied for fourth place with Bernd Wiesberger.
Five players – 2008 winner Martin Kaymer and Marcel Siem, Tommy Fleetwood, Miguel Angel Jimenez and Alex Noren – are three strokes off the pace in sixth.
Former Augusta State golfer Scott Jamieson is six back. Jamie Elson, another former Jaguar, missed the cut.
CHAMPIONS TOUR: In Glenview, Ill., Craig Stadler birdied five of his first 11 holes to jump into a share of the lead with Duffy Waldorf and Bernhard Langer at 5-under-par 67 in the rain-delayed Encompass Championship at North Shore Country Club.
There were 23 players left on the course when play in the 54-hole tournament was suspended by darkness.
Stadler, who didn’t start until after a 3-hour, 28-minute delay for severe weather was in the next-to-last group to finish.
LPGA TOUR: In Rogers, Ark., Mika Miyazato birdied six of 10 holes in the middle of her round to shoot 6-under-par 65 and earn the first-round lead at LPGA Tour’s NW Arkansas Championship.
Miyazato finished in a tie for second at the event last year, missing a 15-foot birdie putt on the final hole to finish a stroke back of winner Ai Miyazato.
The Japanese golfer hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation to finish a shot ahead of So Yeon Ryu and Angela Stanford at 5-under.
WEB.COM TOUR: In Raleigh, N.C., former Georgia Tech golfer Chesson Hadley shot 2-under-par 69 and has a one-stroke lead in the Rex Hospital Open.
Hadley is at 10-under 132 at TPC Wakefield Plantation. Jason Gore (68), Edward Loar (65) and Danny Lee (66) are tied for second.
Augusta’s Scott Parel shot 70 and is tied for 17th at 137. Aiken’s Kevin Kisner posted 70 and missed the cut at 142.