Willett still on top after getting lucky to save par

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Danny Willett maintained top spot at the BMW International Open in Cologne but his second round was not without incident.

South Yorkshireman Willett, playing with Rafa Cabrera-Bello and struggling with a neck injury, had a wild shank at his last - the ninth - which narrowly crept over the water and landed just short of the 18th green from where he escaped with par.

Both carded 68s to move to 12 under where they were joined by Cabrera-Bello’s compatriot and 2011 winner Pablo Larrazabal.

Willett had a steady round with four birdies and no bogeys, thanks to a stroke of luck at the last.

“I’ve played the 18th quite a few times the last few years and I decided to play it again today,” he joked after his 155-yard approach to the ninth flew off to the right and just carried the lake guarding the 18th.

“It is just embarrassing. The neck twinged a bit and that was how I was hitting it on the range on Tuesday which is why I didn’t play pro-am on Wednesday.

“It was quite a nice flighted one that luckily carried the water and it was a good four in the end.”