Els and Garcia fail to make cut

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Welshman Bradley Dredge leads the BMW International Open at the halfway stage, with star attractions Ernie Els and Sergio Garcia out of the event.

Dredge, still clinging to the hope that he might make the Ryder Cup on home soil in October, grabbed two eagles in a second-round 67, which leaves him 13 under par and one ahead of Spaniard Pablo Larrazabal.

But fatigue appeared to catch up with Els when he dropped three late shots and narrowly failed to grab the eagle he needed on the par-five last.

Garcia was also at Pebble Beach, but there was far more behind his woeful performance than just jetlag. Wearing the colours of the Spanish soccer team did nothing for the 30-year-old as his slump continued.

For the first time as a professional, Garcia has missed back-to-back cuts on European soil and his nine-over 36-hole total after rounds of 77 and 76 was his worst on this side of the Atlantic since the 1999 Open at Carnoustie.