Michael Hoey back on the trophy trail after shooting a low 65
Michael Hoey is right back in contention at the BMW International Open in Munich after powering to a round of 65. The Co Antrim man equalled the lowest score of the day with nine birdies and two bogeys to trail leader Rafael Cabrera-Bello by two shots.
"I knew the greens would be better today and I putted well," said Hoey. "There was an opportunity to shoot seven under and I did that.
"The cut has been six under here before and although they have lengthened the course and it's tougher now, you have to score well no matter what.
"Someone is going to be 24 under so you have to be aggressive, which is quite good. It's quite enjoyable to go at it and get stuck in."
Hoey joins Denmark's Lasse Jensen two shots behind Spaniard Cabrera-Bello, who added a second round of 67 to his opening 65 at Munich's Eichenried Golf Club to claim the halfway lead on 12 under par, one shot ahead of England's James Morrison.
The 31-year-old has finished fourth, 13th and second in his last three events on the European Tour, but bogeyed the 72nd hole in the Irish Open to miss out on a play-off and could only manage a closing 72 when entering the final round of the Lyoness Open just two off the lead.
"On some occasions I have been a little unfortunate, other occasions the competition is very hard and other people have just outplayed me and other times I have made some mistakes which I have learned from," Cabrera-Bello said.
"Hopefully I put the pieces together this week; we will see."
Starting from the 10th, Cabrera-Bello picked up shots on the 12th, 13th and 16th and also chipped in for an unlikely birdie on the 18th after finding water with his approach to the par five.
The two-time European Tour winner also birdied the first and second but could not find any more on the closing stretch and dropped his only shot of the day on the eighth after failing to save par from a greenside bunker.
"I am pleased with the score but I do feel like it could have been a little better, especially after being 13 under with seven holes to play," added Cabrera-Bello, whose last win came in the Dubai Desert Classic in 2012.
"I did not play so well in the last few holes, made a few sloppy swings, but nothing really to worry about and I just take it that I got my chances early in the round and made the mistakes at the end. That's the way it goes.
"There are tons of great players here all trying to take the trophy home so I am going to try to keep playing aggressive. If I need to play a little smarter I will try to do that."