Irishman Paul McGinley has moved into contention at the BMW International in Germany.
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McGinley added a two-under 70 to his opening round of 65 to lie two strokes off Swede Joel Sjoholm at the halfway stage in Cologne.
The 45-year-old Irishman has been careful to pick and choose the tournaments he is playing in this season and, coupled with a new fitness regime, says this has helped him improve his performances.
McGinley told the Irish Golf Desk: "I've played less this year. That has given me a little appetite. And you know what it's like, you play well and it gives you confidence.
"It's been a while since I've played a schedule like that. I played really well in Korea and that gave me a boost and then obviously decent at Wentworth and then Wales."
McGinley is also benefiting from hitting the ball further from tee to green this season after changing some of the clubs in his bag.
The three-time Ryder Cup star has swapped old-style irons for modern-day fairway wood technology and is delighted with the results.
McGinley added: "I have to say, I'm getting technology - the last hole, no way I can hit a 5 iron out of that lie. But I was able to chop it (a hybrid) around the green and try to get up and down.
"Also I can drive it through the wind as well, so I can hit it low, as well, too. Yeah, I'm feeling a real benefit from that, and the new three wood, it gives me an extra 15 or so yards which makes a lot of the par 5s on in two which they weren't before."
McGinley is 100/1 to win the BMW International Open, with Sjoholm 150/1.