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Technology helping McGinley stride into Cologne title mix

PAUL McGinley praised the wonders of technology as he remained in contention for the BMW International at Gut Larchenof near Cologne.

The 45-year-old former Ryder Cup star carded a second-round 70 in difficult conditions for a nine-under-par 135 total, just two shots behind Joel Sjoholm of Sweden who leads on 11-under after yesterday's 66.

England's Danny Willett and Chris Wood, and Paraguay's Fabrizio Zanotti joined McGinley on nine under par in joint second place.

McGinley, who has five woods in his bag -- rescue three and four, driver, three-wood, and five-wood, said: "I have to say I'm getting technology to work for me. These rescues are unbelievable, and I'm getting 15 yards extra from my three and five-woods."

Simon Thornton, on one-under-par 143, was the only other Irish player to make the cut. Michael Hoey (level-par 144), Shane Lowry (+2) and Gareth Maybin (+2) are out of the tournament.

• Sweden's Fredrik Jacobsen was the early two-round leader of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut last night.

Jacobsen had a second-round 66 to add to his opening 65.

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