Cologne: Recently crowned US Open champion Martin Kaymer spoilt a victorious return home and also ended a near two-year successful Tour run as he missed the cut in the BMW International Open on Friday near Cologne.
Kaymer recorded rounds of 71 and 73 for a shock even par tally and four shots shy of the halfway cut,in his first event since a convincing eight-shot success at Pinehurst.
The German, who grew-up in nearby Dusseldorf, left near record crowds deflated he walked from the Gut Larcenhof course 12 shots from the leading foursome of England`s Danny Willett (68), Argentina`s Emiliano Grillo (66) and the Spanish duo of Pablo Larrazabal (63) and Rafa Cabrera-Bello (68) who share a two shot lead on 12-under par.
It is the first occasion since the Portugal Masters in October 2012 and a run of 28 Tour events Kaymer has missed the halfway cut in a European Tour stroke play event.
Kaymer`s second round was a mix of four birdies, and three bogeys in succession from the 10th hole and after taking 31 putts on day one, he had 35 putts on day two.
"It was a very difficult two days where I just struggled on the golf course and this week has been a big step for me to accept that there is golf courses that don`t suit your play, that don`t suit your eye," he said.
"I also struggled a lot on the greens but that is okay for me as I tried my very best.
"I know the fans are very disappointed because their expectations are high but then mine were not very high as I like golf courses where I have to scramble and where one or two under par each day is a good score.
"So while this golf course is not my favourite I still came here and tried my hardest.
"And even though some people might draw negatives out of this week I am happy with my game as I have two very big tournaments in recent weeks so I am not going to dwell on negatives.
"You have to just appreciate in golf you lose more than you win".
Larrazabal posted the equal lowest round of the day joining England`s Paul Waring in shooting a nine under par 63 as the Spaniard looks to become the first player to win the event in both Munich and Cologne.
"There is a no more trouble on this course than where I won in Munich," said Larrazabal.
"But with all the guys out there shooting low you just have to keep going and make as many birdies as you can.
"So it`s all about continuing to play well and holing the birdie putts.
"I also can`t think about winning this event again and my focus is that there is 36 holes to play and 36 birdies to be made."
There had been an 87-minute delay late in the afternoon due to an electrical storm and with four players electing not to return, and under new European Tour rules, they were disqualified.