McGinley soars as Harrington feels the pain

Last updated at 13:42 27 May 2005

Paul McGinley, one of the heroes of Europe's last two Ryder Cup wins, played one of the rounds of his life today to take the lead in the BMW Championship at Wentworth.

Setting off for his second round level par and five strokes behind leaders Graeme McDowell, Jose-Filipe Lima and his fellow Dubliner Peter Lawrie, McGinley produced a dazzling eight under 64 that was only one off the course record.

The 38-year-old, who has never had a top 10 finish in 13 visits to the European tour's flagship event, was three ahead of a group containing playing partners Peter Lonard and Ben Curtis, the American who was the shock winner of the 2003 Open at Sandwich, Michael Campbell and also Padraig Harrington, who still had the 531-yard last to play.

McGinley, without an individual victory for four years, kick-started his charge through the field with a two on the 154-yard second.

Further birdies at the fourth and sixth helped him to an outward 32, then came an eagle on the long 12th and when he birdied the 14th and 16th the West Course record held by Wayne Riley, Angel Cabrera and Jarrod Moseley was in his sights.

Two par fives were still to come and after making four on the 571-yard 17th he needed a birdie to match it and eagle to break it. But he pushed his second into rough and after a good chip saw his 10-foot attempt roll past the edge.

Harrington injury

Harrington signalled to his wife Caroline on the first that he had suffered a recurrence of the neck problem which bothered him last week, but after turning in 35 he birdied the 12th, 13th and 17th to climb into joint second.

Meanwhile, the miserable season being suffered by English golfer Malcolm Mackenzie continued today when he was penalised four strokes.

Mackenzie, who lies 242nd on this year's European Order of Merit after missing seven of his last eight half-way cuts, discovered coming off the fourth green of his second round that he had 15 clubs in his bag instead of the permitted 14.

It was the same breach of the rules that ruined Ian Woosnam's hopes in the 2001 Open championship at Lytham.

Woosnam, joint leader at the time, was punished only two shots because it was on the second tee that his caddie told him of his blunder in allowing two drivers into the bag, but Mackenzie suffered the maximum four-stroke penalty because he had completed two holes.

The 43-year-old Sheffield player, playing on a medical extension this season after undergoing surgery on his shoulder, spotted he had an extra wedge and handed it to a referee on the fifth tee.

It meant, however, that his opening bogey five became a triple bogey seven and his par on the second was a double bogey five and he dropped from four over par to eight over - and almost certainly another early exit.

Former Ryder Cup man Paul Broadhurst, who in April had his first win for 10 years at the Portuguese Open, was five under with one to go, but then ran up a bogey six and had to settle for a second successive 70.

Retief Goosen was on the same mark with two and three to play respectively, while world number three Ernie Els, favourite for the £458,652 first prize, had yet to resume following his disappointing opening 73.

Clarke struggle

Darren Clarke struggled to make his presence felt. He stood two under with four holes remaining.

Lima, who needed treatment for a bad back yesterday, fell off the leaderboard with five front nine bogeys, only to come back with a birdie on the 11th and eagle at the next.

McDowell led on his own after a birdie at the fourth, but then bogeyed the ninth, 12th and 13th and after a birdie on the next crashed to a triple bogey seven at the 15th.

That all put him down on level par and suddenly fighting just to make the cut.

Lawrie was a late starter and after a birdie on the second he bogeyed the next.

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