COLOGNE, Germany (AFP) –
Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm, nattily dressed in plus-fours, grabbed a two-shot lead at the halfway stage of the BMW International Open on Friday.
The 27-year-old Chilean-born player, who was adopted by a Swedish couple when he was three months old, carded two eagles and four birdies in a second round 66 to reach 11 under par.
“Now I saw that I’m up there, and of course it’s going to be a new situation for me,” said Sjoholm, the world 306.
“But then I watched a lot of Euro 2012 the last two or three weekends, I’ve seen what happens after four or five minutes, and I’m happy to be on top at the moment – but I would rather be on top on Sunday.
“I’m just enjoying this so much, I don’t really think too much about it. It’s just a great feeling and a fantastic tournament. I’ve always played here in Germany, and it was good to play well at the new venue.”
Zanotti had shared the first-round lead with Marcus Fraser, but managed only a 71 while the Australian fell five behind with a 74.
Germany’s Martin Kaymer, the highest-ranked player in the field, missed the cut, but 54-year-old compatriot Bernhard Langer shot 67 to be five under.