Fasth takes two-shot lead over Hanson at BMW International

MUNICH, Germany -- Niclas Fasth took over the lead in the
BMW International on Friday with a 65 that put him two shots ahead
of Peter Hanson at 12 under par.

Niclas Fasth


The two Swedes took advantage of the forgiving Munchen-Nord
course a week after tangling with Oakmont's unforgiving fairways
and slick greens in the U.S. Open.

"I am a lot more relaxed here," said Fasth, who finished
fourth in the Open. "You can take a breather between shots and not
have danger with every shot on every hole."

France's Thomas Levet (67), Andres Romero (68) of Argentina and
Jose-Filipe Lima (70) of Portugal were 9-under. Hanson, who
finished in a tie for 30th at Oakmont, followed an opening 68 with
a 66 to put him at 10-under.

"The fairways here are wide open and the greens are really
receptive -- you can throw the ball all the way to the flags and
they stop."

For the second straight day, play was delayed by thunderstorms,
including a two-hour stoppage around lunchtime.

England's Paul Casey (70) had his round interrupted just after
he had driven onto the fairway at the ninth. He practiced his next
shot during the rain before resuming play -- and realizing he'd
overlooked a key detail.

"I felt like such an idiot," Casey said. "I noted the yardage and
practiced the 3-wood but never saw there was a tree in the way."

He was forced to play a safety shot and finished at 6-under.