Sten­son fight­ing to de­fend ti­tle

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SER­GIO GAR­CIA and Hen­rik Sten­son are a shot off the lead at Munich’s BMW In­ter­na­tional Open with two days to play. Sten­son is de­fend­ing the ti­tle he won in Cologne three weeks be­fore his maiden ma­jor tri­umph at The Open last year and Gar­cia is play­ing in Europe for the first time since win­ning the Masters in April. The Ry­der Cup duo go into the half­way stage at eight un­der in windy con­di­tions but that was not good enough to keep pace with French­man Joel Stal­ter and Swede Joakim Lager­gren, who lead the way. Lager­gren set the tar­get in the morn­ing with a strong 66 and rookie Stal­ter was the only one of the later starters who could catch him as he posted a 68. Gar­cia shared the lead at the turn af­ter a birdie hat-trick from the sev­enth but dropped shots on the 14th and 17th stalled his mo­men­tum. He fin­ished on 70 but Sten­son went one bet­ter with birdies on the 11th, 18th, first and eighth and a sin­gle blem­ish on the 13th. ‘I’m not on top of my game but it was a good pro­fes­sional fight­ing dis­play,’ Sten­son said. ‘We kept it tidy, made a cou­ple of birdies and didn’t drop too many.’ Eng­land’s Richard Bland was also at eight un­der along­side Bel­gian Thomas Detry and Swede Rikard Karl­berg. ‘I’m in a good po­si­tion,’ Bland said. ‘I should, hope­fully, be in there come Sun­day.’ Matthew South­gate was in the group at seven un­der, a shot clear of fel­low English­man Tommy Fleetwood, who came fourth at last week’s US Open.

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