BMW International Open: Li Haotong stays ahead of the chasing pack ahead of the third round

World number 281 Li Haotong has retained his advantage at the top of the leaderboard during a weather-interrupted second-day at the BMW International Open in Munich.

The Chinese player, who tied the course record in the opening round with a 10-under-par 62, enjoyed another solid outing on Friday after carding 67. 

Haotong now leads New Zealand's Ryan Fox by one shot at the halfway stage, with Dutchman Daan Huizing two shots further back.

England's Jordan Smith and Belgium's Thomas Pieters, on the other hand, enter the third day of action tied for fourth.

Birdies and eagles were once again prevalent during yet another low scoring day in Bavaria.

Ryder Cup competitor Pieters matched Fox's 64 to climb to the top of the leaderboard before slipping back down. The duo ended the second round with the lowest scores of the day.

Germany's Maximilian Kieffer also moved into title contention after enjoying a strong second round performance on home territory.

A score of 66 left the 31-year-old in sixth spot and five shots away from Li.

Action in Bavaria was suspended for around two hours in the afternoon following the threat of lightning, nevertheless the second round was completed.

Scottish duo of Robert McIntyre and Stephen Gallacher, Spaniard Rafa Cabrera Bello and England's Andy Sullivan were among notable names to miss the cut.

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