• BMW International Open, Round Two

Lara DQ after caddie tries to dispose of extra club

ESPN staff
June 22, 2012
Jose Manuel Lara had an extra club in his bag © Getty Images


Jose Manuel Lara has been kicked out of the BMW International Open after his caddie attempted to conceal the fact the Spaniard began the event with an extra club in his bag.

Having realised the error, Lara's caddie tried to discard the 15th club in a bush - but his actions aroused suspicion from Lara's playing partners, Damien McGrane and Peter Hedblom.

And after they confronted him, the caddie admitted the error of his ways. "His caddie noticed that he had a 15th club and on the second hole he attempted to lose it in a thick bush," European Tour chief referee John Paramor said.

"He was seen entering the bush with the bag of clubs by his playing partners, who thought it was a little bit suspicious. They went and asked the chap 'What are you doing?' and he sort of fumbled out an answer saying 'I've got this wrong - I've done something bad. I wish it hadn't happened'.

"It was clear the club was out of the bag and in the bush at the time. He admitted it straight away and regretted his action. A ruling was sought over what was the penalty for carrying an extra club and he was given two shots for the first hole and two for the second."

When the full story came to light at the end of the first round, Paramor ruled that the event warranted disqualification.

Meanwhile, in the second round, Paul Casey will miss the cut after a 74 took him to six over. The Englishman, who has struggled with injury all year, claimed earlier this week he still hoped to make the Ryder Cup team - but that dream looked a long way away as he notched up four bogeys and a double bogey.

Chris Wood, Paul McGinley and Fabrizio Zanotti were the clubhouse leaders before Sweden's Joel Sjoholm, who despite a bogey-bogey finish, grabbed a two-stroke lead at Gut Larchenhof. Two eagles and four birdies saw him card a 66 to lead the way on 11-under.

Wood, chasing his first European Tour victory, and McGinley both carded two-under 70s in windy conditions to consolidate their position towards the top of the leaderboard.

Join overnight leader Zanotti was less prolific than on Thursday, the difficult weather preventing him from attacking the pins with any regularity. Still, a 71 keeps his bid alive and his opening 64 shows what the Paraguayan can do when conditions allow. Danny Willett joined the trio on nine-under with a second-round 70.

England's Andrew Marshall won himself a BMW car with a hole-in-one at the 215-yard 17th, while Sergio Garcia also had reason to smile after an eye-catching 67. The Spaniard was more accurate with the driver and more lethal with the putter, dropping only one shot all day to leave him in a great position on six under.

Bernhard Langer, hunting the only German event on the European Tour to elude him, is back in the mix after a 67 propelled him to five-under.

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