Irish golfers Gavin Moynihan, Paul Dunne and Michael Hoey all failed to make the cut at the BMW International Open in Germany where Martin Kaymer leads the way. 

Kaymer continued his recent encouraging form with a second-round 66 to open up a two-shot lead heading into the weekend.

The two-time major winner has not claimed a victory since his triumph at the 2014 US Open but has secured top 10s on both sides of the Atlantic in the last two months as he seeks a return to the form that made him world number one.

Backed by bumper crowds in Munich, he carded a 67 on day one and followed that with a 66 to move to 11 under and lead the way from South African Christiaan Bezuidenhout.

Moynihan missed out by a single stroke following his 73. He was under par for the front nine but bogeyed the par 4 10th and 13th holes to finish one under overall.

Dunne was two shots further back despite improving on the 74 he carded Thursday with a 71. Hoey finished on three over.

Finn Kim Koivu and Swede Sebastian Soderberg are at eight under, one shot clear of a group containing defending champion Matt Wallace and fellow Englishmen Jordan Smith and Lee Westwood.

Kaymer made two birdies and two bogeys in his first four holes but took advantage of the par-five sixth and 11th before holing a bunker shot at the 12th and hitting an approach at the next to four feet to share the lead.

Putts from around 15 feet on the 15th and last then moved him clear of Bezuidenhout, who had earlier carded the lowest round of the week with a 65.

"It's a lot to handle at certain times because I'm not the kind of guy that likes to be in the spotlight but it's a positive thing and I need to see it as something positive," Kaymer told europeantour.com.

"It's going to be exciting for sure. It's never easy leading a golf tournament but fortunately, I've done it a few times in my career."

Wallace carded a 68 with six birdies, while 2003 champion Westwood recorded a 69 and Smith a 67.

Gaganjeet Bhullar shot a hole in one on the 17th as part of his round of four under.